Quintessential Irish bar font

russellm's picture

So - if you were an Irish barman in an Irish bar in New York City and you opened your mouth to say, "So. What'll be then lads?" in a brogue so thick your listeners would need sub-titles, what would your words look like?

riccard0's picture

Anything but American Uncial! ;-)

russellm's picture

@ riccard0... you betcha.

@ Old Nick, I did the Uncial search on several type distributors. there a re a lot of fonts that would fit the bill, but not THE one yet.

Thanks, guys

oprion's picture

If someone paints a shamrock into [a pint of Guinness], you're allowed to stab them in the eye with a fork. —Dara O'Briain

Nick Shinn's picture

Don't know about NYC, but here's T.O.
http://www.poguemahone.ca/

oprion's picture

Maybe Corcaigh or one of the other Gaelic Scripts?

russellm's picture

I've a interesting story about a relative teaching a colleague that poguemahone meant hello in Irish, but that's for another thread.

Some good suggestions there. Thanks everyone.

riccard0's picture

Here's something really authentic (minus the NY part):
http://www.iol.ie/~sob/gadelica/index.html

riccard0's picture

I also think that, given the right treatment, the recent Lapidaria (http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/andreas-stotzner/lapidaria/) could make an interesting choice.

Andreas Stötzner's picture

… given the right treatment, the recent Lapidaria … could make an interesting choice

Am I right in assuming you challenging me to make an Irish Lapidaria?

riccard0's picture

Am I right in assuming you challenging me to make an Irish Lapidaria?

Well, that indeed would be nice, wouldn’t it? ;-)
But I’ve suggested it mainly because it has several uncial characteristics (which people tend to see as Irish), along a geometric construction (which could relate to a big modern city like New York).

Andreas Stötzner's picture

You are tempting me.

You do that on purpose.

riccard0's picture

Yes, of course! ;-)
And after that, it would be Andron 2 Gaeilge Corpus…

Andreas Stötzner's picture

Andron 2 Gaeilge Corpus

… in the pipeline already!
Though I’m not sure about if there is really a market for that …

evertype's picture

Regarding http://new.myfonts.com/foundry/Evertype/ I know that one bar in New York was using Darmhagh Underwood which I though an interesting choice.

If you want it authentic, it has to have an insular g.

Andreas Stötzner's picture

First preview:
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Comments appreciated.

Andreas Stötzner's picture

By the way, a brief article in German (with images) on the possibility of ‘personalizing’ Lapidaria Medior went online today. It’s about the making of a variant set of letters which follows hand writing exercises by my colleague Dr Rolf Böhm.

Andreas Stötzner's picture

Second preview:
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riccard0's picture

It seems rather nice to me so far :-)
Do you think of a separate font or of a stylistic set?

Andreas Stötzner's picture

A separate font (or fonts).
An Irish variant of the lowercase may also be nice …

riccard0's picture

I’m sorry to have hijacked Russelim’s thread, maybe you should start a new one.
Anyway, I suppose one could mix it with Medior if one prefers rounder u and w…

russellm's picture

Hey, no problem.

Great work Andreas.

evertype's picture

I find it a bit chilly, but I guess that's OK, as the font is a bit chilly. I dislike the W rather a lot. The hard angle at the lower left of the b is inauthentic. The hard angle at the top left of the F is inauthentic too; follow the f. Same for capital B and L. The ascenders of capital B, H, K, L rise above caps height in many Gaelic fonts.

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