National Library of Ireland

2010 Selection

Designed by Mel ORourke at CI Studio

Designer: Karen Erdpohl

Designer: Fiona O'Leary

Categories: Identity

Industry: Cultural

Ireland’s National Library located on Dublin’s Kildare Street was established in 1877 to house the country’s cultural and historic archives. We were tasked with designing an identity programme starting with the logo. The mark itself is a simple graphic representation of the acronym, the N coming from the curves of the arches and windows, synonymous with the architecture of the Library building itself and the period it was built, the L and I from the columns which are commonly found alongside the arches.

The two different greens used in the identity are the colours taken from the walls in the Library’s spectacular Reading Room.