“Gaillimh” typeface wins Gold at ICAD Awards


Galway 2020 is delighted to announce that its specially commissioned typeface Gaillimh has been awarded a much-coveted gold bell at the 2019 ICAD awards.

As part of the brand evolution for Galway 2020 last year, 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 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.

ICAD (Institute of Creative Advertising and Design) inspires and rewards creative excellence in Irish advertising design. The annual awards programme aims to reward those who pursue, craft and execute creative excellence. Design agency Unthink worked with Galway 2020 designing the evolution of the brand of which the new Gaillimh typeface was an integral part.  The prestigious gold bell in the Design-Craft category was accepted by the project team Colin Farmer, Noelle Cooper, Chris Fullam and Bobby Tannam.

Fintan Maher, Director of Communications and Marketing for Galway 2020 said; “We are thrilled that the Gaillimh typeface has received this prestigious recognition.  We want to take this opportunity to thank the team at Unthink and typographer Bobby Tannam for creating this special piece of design which we hope will leave a lasting legacy from Galway 2020.”

The award from ICAD follows the recent appointment of the Gaillimh typeface to the 100 Archive.  The 100 Archive project is an ongoing catalogue of Irish graphic design, which has been running since 2012.  It aims to capture and record the short but inspiring history of Irish visual communications design.

Colin Farmer of Unthink said; “As the eyes of the world turn to Galway in 2020, it was important that this integral part of how we communicate – our typeface – should be truly Galwegian. Having been involved with 2020 since the early stages of the bid, it’s fantastic for the fruits of this collaboration to be recognised by such an illustrious award.”