Inspired by Ireland’s most iconic geographical locations a Limerick based graphic designer set about a project creating badges from some of the most beautiful spots across the country

From Keem Bay, in Galway, to Newgrange in County Meath, Limerick graphic designer Stephen Johnson was inspired by some of the most iconic geographical locations in Ireland and undertook the task of creating graphic badges for these most popular sites.

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Explaining his project “Irish County Badge Series” Johnson writes:

“Ireland is a breathtaking little island known worldwide for its scenery, culture, and people. It isn’t hard to see why it attracts visitors from all over the globe when you look at the stunning visuals on offer nationwide.

Connemara National Park, County Galway.

Connemara National Park, County Galway.

“It is commonplace for a person who lives somewhere to often not make as much of an effort to see the sights in their own country as tourists with a limited amount of time. This is something I noticed I was guilty of! Regularly, I would take the Irish landscape and surroundings for granted and not appreciating the unique and eclectic environment. I completed the project in order to highlight some of the most iconic and beautiful landscapes in Ireland, while also making myself more familiar with the country myself.

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“On such a small island, Ireland is home to some of the most diverse countryside scenery anywhere. From the Giants Causeway and its interlocking basalt columns, the Neolithic passage tomb at Newgrange, or the karst landscape that lead to the Cliffs of Moher, there is something for everyone across the island.

Hook Head, County Wexford.

Hook Head, County Wexford.

“Through the project, I looked to highlight these key picturesque features in the form of badges for each of the 32 counties on the island. This began by taking each county and trying to find the most iconic location in each. This was easier said than done, as the majority contain several locations, each as stunning as the one previous. That said, when it came to these tough decisions, I chose the area I had the greatest fondness with myself.

“Following the selection process, I completed the badge design on an individual level keeping only the typeface constant across the series. This was something I felt strongly about, as the badges needed to reflect the identity of their separate location, while still working cohesively together as a set.”

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To see more follow Johnson on Instagram here or visit the project site at www.behance.net.

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Killarney, County Kerry. Stephen Johnson