Dr Dermot McGuinne

Irish Type / a German Connection

An account of the production in the 1930s of "Baoithin" an Irish typeface based on Hammerschrift involving Victor Hammer, Colm OLochlainn and the Klingspor Foundry – its influence on Monotype's "Colum Cille" - the last hot metal typeface to be produced for irish language printing, involving OLochlainn and to an extraordinary extent Stanley Morison, leading to the recent re-issuing by Monotype of "Colmcille" in digital form.

This illustrated presentation draws on a range of hitherto unpublished correspondence between OLochlainn, Hammer, Paul Koch and Morison and is supported by visuals of proofs and drawings by Hammer and possibly Eric Gill.

Dermot McGuinne received his primary degree and early training as a graphic designer in the United States, where he later held the position of Art Director of the University of Iowa Press for a number of years before returning to Ireland. Dr McGuinne is the author of Irish Type Design and various articles on this topic. He is a lecturer in design at the Dublin Institute of Technology.