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Anne Brady MPhil, MISTD, MIDI is Creative Director and founder of Vermillion Design (Design Consultancy) & Associated Editions (Publishing House) in Ireland. She specialises in typographic design for books, exhibitions and multimedia projects for a large international client base.
MPhil in Visual & Textual Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. BA Hons in Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, England. Diploma in Design Communications with Marketing, AIT and a Diploma in Decorative and Fine Arts, IPAV, Ireland.
Every name here is a tragic story of loss and heartbreak. The Garda Memorial Garden, or Gairdín Cuimhneacháin an Gharda Síochána, is located in the heart of Dublin city. This memorial is a contemplative garden with large stone plinths and a lot of names and numbers. The list of names, this “roll of honor,” records individual police officers (gardaí) who have lost their lives violently and tragically in the line of duty since the formation of the Irish state in 1921.
This article offers insight into the creative thought processes I followed in designing a typographic solution for this memorial. I’ll discuss my choice of typeface, my detailed layout, the size of type, the materials, the process of engraving, and leaving open the possibility to add names in the future. My objective was to keep a sense of visual harmony throughout the design, while aiming for a certain consistency in the future engraving of names, regardless of language.