Thursday, 11 May 2017


Irish Studies Seminar:  'From Garamond to 1916: Typography in context and revolution'.

Speaker:  Leon Butler, Design Innovation Research Fellow, NUI Galway.

Everyone welcome to attend.

Typography is based on the premise of embedded experiences. They speak to us in silent tones with an accent all of their own. When, in 1916, the leaders of the rebellion were tasked with delivering a new Ireland with its own voice and identity the choice of type itself had a story to tell. The Proclamation was printed in the basement at Liberty Hall, is informed by the hurried artefacts from which it was born and the printer's instructions from Connolly – that it should be similar in aesthetic to an auctioneer’s notice. We trace the origins of movable type and the democratisation of information through the printing press and the story the type can tell.


Leon Butler is a Design Innovation Research Fellow on the Techinnovate programme at NUI Galway and has worked across a broad range of positions in the media industry as a visual narrative designer, filmmaker, and educator. His research interests include adaptive interactions and experiences using available data in the public sphere and generative typography. He completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2015 and received a ‘Certificate of Typographic Excellence’ from the Type Directors Club in New York in 2016. The Design and Craft Council of Ireland listed Leon as one of their ‘Future Makers’ for 2016.

Location: Seminar Room, Centre for Irish Studies