Celtic Design Basics Plus 11 Free Celtic-Inspired Fonts
- of or relating to the Celts or their languages, which constitute a branch of the Indo-European family and include Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Breton, Manx, Cornish, and several extinct pre-Roman languages such as Gaulish.noun
- the Celtic language group.
No matter what your cultural origins are, I hope you enjoy this brief glimpse into Celtic design history. I’m going to introduce you to 3 Celtic design elements plus 17 Celtic-inspired fonts. As you look through the designs you’ll notice that the Celts were keen on ornamental shapes.
Celtic design centers around 3 prominent elements:
Spirals are one of the oldest design elements in Celtic art and are believed to represent the life-force. The number three was significant to pagan Celtic religion so it was often incorporated into spirals. It has been said that Saint Patrick of Ireland inspired triumvirate designs because he emphasized the number 3 whenever he discussed the Trinity in his religious teachings.
Knots in Celtic designs use rounded edges and give the appearance of being one continuous line. This design was reportedly inspired by original Christian manuscripts.
Key patterns often use a 45-degree angle so it gives the appearance of repeated shapes. It may look familiar since it’s similar to the Greek key design.
Now that we know the elements found in Celtic design, let’s take a look at 17 Celtic-inspired fonts.
6. Celtic Eels
10. Spiral Initials
11. Celtic Knots
Aren’t they gorgeous? Which one is your fave?
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