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The Creation of the Gaillimh Typeface

Date 01.01.2020 - 30.06.2021

As part of the brand evolution for Galway 2020 in 2019, we commissioned the development of our own typeface Gaillimh.  Design agency Unthink – who work with brands such Irish Architecture Foundation, The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and TV chef Donal Skehan – created the new typeface with Irish typographer Bobby Tannam.

Gaillimh, which was awarded a much-coveted gold bell at the 2019 ICAD awards. was custom-designed to reflect Galway’s heritage and our aspirations for the future. Its form has been influenced by typographic references from across the county including 18th century stone carvings and 19th century sign-writing. From old shopfronts to headstones and from medieval typeface to the more modern type, the inspiration for Gaillimh is deeply rooted in the landscape of Galway. As part of the legacy of the European Capital of Culture it will be gifted to the people of Galway.  You can find out more about the story of the typeface and its development in this short video.

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