Type From Abroad

9 Jan

In my last few hours in Ireland, I gathered a few examples of typography that might not be typical to United States signage. Most tourist gift shops in Ireland had type similar to these examples below.



This type is reminiscent of the ancient Celtic script writing of Irish monks. The look of the type has become synonymous with traditional Ireland, especially in the eyes of tourists.

A modernized example of this same concept is seen in the Irish media provider Eircom’s label.


The curve of the “r” especially alludes to Celtic script, while the lower-case sans serif gives the name a modern and friendly appeal.

While the typeface itself may not be anything exclusive to Europe, this fire door sign is such an integral part of the European environment that I had to include it in this post. All throughout both the UK and Ireland, these signs are seen nearly everywhere. No one seems to notice them as they have become an understood part of the background, much like an exit sign.



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