Dec 21 2009

Tribbon ‘Layered’ Font – Exclusive Free Download


By Graham Smith

In another free font exclusive on Noupe, we present Tribbon, a tasty layered ‘ribbon’ style font created by Dominic Le-Hair. It has taken a few weeks of communications with Dominic to finally arrive with a interesting concept in font design. Tribbon is a working ‘ribbon’ style font, that consists of several layers and is available as a free download below. Tribbon is available in both TTF and OTF font formats.

Tribbon Fox

Dominic also designed the popular ‘Clipper‘ font.

Tribbon Layer 1

Tribbon A

Tribbon Layer 2

Tribbon B

Tribbon Layer 3

Tribbon C

Tribbon Layer 4 – Complete

Tribbon A B & C Combined

Designer’s Profile

Dominic Le-Hair

I am a 32 year old Graphic Designer living and working in Peterborough, UK. I left Teesside University in 2001 with a BA Honours in Graphic Design.

I like to work on personal projects in my spare time as there are less restrictions than with most of the client briefs in my job. I try to be as original as possible with my work and like to occasionally combine hands-on media with digital techniques. I am inspired by designers who experiment with type, such as Craig Ward, Autobahn and Handmade Font.

How To Use The Font

The Tribbon font started as an experiment in Illustrator working with a simple custom brush I created. I used Myriad Pro Black as a loose basis for each character. The shadows were then added using a gradient overlay.

I was contacted by Graham who asked if I would be interested in creating a working font from my original work called Ribbon Alphabet on my Behance portfolio. I knew it would be a challenge to simplify it without losing too much detail. My solution was to break it up into three separate fonts (Tribbon A, Tribbon B and Tribbon C). These can be layered on top of one another to maintain the depth of the original. The fonts can be used this way in Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and QuarkXPress. Tribbon B can also be used on it’s own for a more simplified, 2D version of the original.

I named the font Tribbon as there are three fonts that resemble ribbons when combined (Tri + Ribbon).


Dominic has also kindly created a brief video on how to best use the Tribbon font. ‘How to use the Tribbon Font

Font Licencing and Distribution

All rights are reserved by Dominic Le-Hair. You may use Tribbon freely for non-commercial and personal purposes, such as creating a logo for a personal web site, free web design materials, goods or banners.

Please contact Dominic Le-Hair before using the fonts for commercial purposes, such as for commercial products, stores or companies logos, TV, books and magazines, or CDs.

Dominic Le-Hair has made this font available as an exclusive to Noupe and as such, you are not permitted to re distribute this font, to supply it on CD or distribute it directly in other electronic form. If you wish to link to this font in other ‘free font’ blog posts then please do so. Do not supply a direct download link, please direct your readers to this post only.

Download the font!

You can download Tribbon from our servers.

About the Author

Comments and Discussions
  • Scarlett, 21 December 2009

    Beautiful font! Thank you, it’s such an inspiration.

  • Gerrit Fries, 21 December 2009

    thanks a lot for this amazing font – i really appreciate!

  • vectorss, 21 December 2009

    very nice great font. Thanks share!

  • GinjaNinja, 21 December 2009

    Is nice! I like!

    Thanky Spanky

  • Abhilash M, 21 December 2009

    Thanks for this. You are doing gr8 job. Need to experiment things out of this :)

  • Samoo, 21 December 2009

    Love the “layer philosopy”. Nice idea!

  • Steve Martin, 21 December 2009

    Nice tribbon font with free download… I really liked it.. Thanks for share.. :)

  • Thibault, 21 December 2009

    Great work. Thanks for sharing.

  • Maicon, 21 December 2009

    Very beautiful and imaginative font. I will create a good reason to use the font =)

  • cssah, 21 December 2009

    Woow ,Awesome font amazing thank you

  • r_jake, 21 December 2009

    This is a really inspiring concept and outcome. When I saw it described as a ‘layered’ font, I thought it was just a gratuitous use of the familiar term – not that it was made from real multiple layers!!!

    I think you may have stumbled upon something big here. I can forsee several ways in which this idea could evolve…

  • turisuna, 21 December 2009

    I love the Tribbon Layer 4 – Complete, really colorful. It seems will be fun to mix and match the font, thanks for the sharing :)

  • Gerrit Fries, 21 December 2009

    setting first layer as a mask and using nebula in the background looks just amazing!

  • Gowebtex, 21 December 2009

    Great font! It looks most advantageous on the black background, I really love it!

  • Helen, 21 December 2009

    Nice to see someone also from Teesside! Thanks for the font.

  • Tom, 21 December 2009

    This font is really amazing!

  • david, 21 December 2009

    I have a problem uncompressing the archives. I get an error that says Winrar is unable to create the files.

  • , 22 December 2009

    Waouh ! Won’t say more…

  • Great collection of sites.

    thanks for sharing

  • Namit Gupta, 24 December 2009

    Amazing font, thanks for the share.

  • Luu Xuan Hao, 25 December 2009

    Download for future usage, love it, thanks.

  • Richie, 25 December 2009

    Awesome font… and thanks for sharing the case study. A lot to learn and explore….

  • Djdesignerlab, 26 December 2009

    I have downloaded the font. Its really nice. I have used it in a fashion magazine website. Thanks Noupe

  • LukeSF, 18 January 2010

    Awesome! Thanks a lot! A perfect match for my new project.

  • Thana, 18 January 2010

    Beautiful Font. Thankyou.

  • softestbullet, 27 January 2010

    Nicely done! Thank you for making it available! :)

  • donny, 01 February 2010

    beautiful thanks!

  • AboveAverageJoe, 15 February 2010

    Just wanted throw some appreciation your way for the hard work put into this, and for putting it out here for free. Nice work, and thanks!

  • gingtalk, 18 February 2010

    Tribbon Layer 4 — so cool i will make afew website by your font and link back to here.

  • sayan mukherjee, 16 March 2010

    Great Work and thanks for sharing.

  • Gita, 17 March 2010

    Your fonts are such a great one,,love it!
    Thanks for making it free for us to use

    I wanna ask a permission, If I may, I think I’ll use your font for a print ad in a magz in Indonesia,,

    May I? thanks before :) I appreciate Ur answer


  • Ryan Cowles, 18 March 2010

    Beautiful font, thank you!

  • K6 de Dijon, 21 March 2010

    I purpose a notice in French to use your nice font.

    Les polices graphiques sont des polices qui nécessitent un petit travail pour obtenir le résultat final.

    La police tribbon (tri ribbon -> trois rubans) se compose de 3 fichiers de police qu’il faut superposer pour obtenir le résultat final.

    - Mettez votre texte en place avec la police “Tribbon A.ttf” pour définir sa taille et l’espace que vous réservez au texte.
    - Puis, dans un logiciel graphique ou gérant les calques
    - Ressaisissez votre texte ou faites un copier/coller en appliquant la police “Tribbon A.ttf” avec la taille correspondant à votre essais dans le texte.
    - Choisissez la couleur de votre police
    - Copier ce calque et collez-le au-dessus du précédent.
    - Appliquez la police “Tribbon B.ttf” et ajustez la couleur (généralement plus foncée ou plus claire)
    - Enfin, faites une nouvelle copie de votre calque et appliquez-lui la police “Tribbon C.ttf”. En principe il ne devrait pas y avoir d’ajustement de couleur à faire à moins que vous ne le souhaitiez.

    Si vous avez fait ces manipulations dans un logiciel comme GIMP, exportez au format PNG pour l’incorporer dans votre document. Dans ce cas faites attention à bien régler la résolution à 90 dpi au minimum ou à 300 dpi maximum.

    Si vous avez utilisé Inskape, vous pouvez sauvegarder au format SVG pour l’incorporer dans votre texte.

    Si vous travaillez avec Scribus, vous devriez pouvoir faire tout cela en même temps que votre texte.

    Merci à Dominic Le-Hair ( pour cette police qui permet de varier et personnaliser les effets.

    Cette notice est réalisée par un contributeur anonyme que vous pouvez essayer de joindre à k6dedijon

  • latha, 11 April 2010


  • Nate, 15 April 2010


    I love your font, and would love to use it in my design work for web, print, etc… I generally do commercial design for others. So I wanted to ask permission to use your font for these purposes.

    Nate Morris

  • Verny Acula, 28 April 2010

    Thank you from the Antipodes,


  • Picture One, 29 May 2010

    Thank you!
    Very nice font indeed!

  • bororo, 22 June 2010

    thank u …that’s cool font

  • SHER, 30 June 2010

    Great font! love it. Thxs!

  • Rossi, 15 July 2010

    AWESOOOMMEE! Thanks for sharing . Very inspirational!!

  • Rafo Barbosa, 29 August 2010


    Rafo from Brazil!

  • ????, 01 September 2010

    WOW,very nice ,thank you for sharing !

  • Kevin, 05 September 2010

    A courageous, yet successful project. Congrats & thanks for dl! Kevin

  • Caity, 22 September 2010

    Wow! I just started making a blog…. and this font will be perfect! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to play around with this. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for making this free. Woot!

  • Tiago Ferreira, 22 September 2010

    I really Apreciate!

  • Tiago Ferreira, 22 September 2010

    I really Apreciate this font

  • DownloadCe, 14 October 2010

    Nice Especially for blog Thank you.

  • Dan, 24 October 2010


  • Sandeep Soni, 10 January 2011

    This is a great place to find and know about fonts.

  • Ryan, 18 February 2011

    Such a fun font! One of the best i’ve seen in awhile

  • HeyLinus, 08 March 2011

    Thanks man!

  • James, 02 May 2011

    Hi Dominic, would you allow me to use this awesome font for my company logo? Thanks either way,


  • Jaeho, 14 May 2011

    It’s very beautiful font. Thanks a lot

  • This font is the DOPENESS. I’m using it for my personal design company (with proper attribution). I made a quick web app that lets you try different colors/size and preview what the outcome is @ :

    Live filters to come, and better ui.


  • jobish, 18 August 2011

    very attractive

  • budget logo shop, 10 January 2012

    Very great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to mention that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your weblog posts. In any case I?ll be subscribing on your feed and I’m hoping you write once more soon!

  • Rodrigo, 11 January 2012


    Thank you!

    i love it!

  • Raffaella Ciavatta, 10 February 2012

    Beautiful type :)
    Thank you!

  • Victor, 06 March 2012

    Amazing font. Great idea to use multiple layers to create it.

  • Pablo Mestres, 10 April 2012


    Is it possible to use this font for a music band?


  • Gareth Hardy, 16 May 2012

    Really beautiful work. Thanks for sharing :)

  • carlo muttoni, 18 June 2012

    Dominic Le-Hair did a wonderful job. I like his multi-layered font. I think it’s brilliant the way you build it up like a sandwich, choosing colors and filters. It’s also great fun to experiment with multiple layers amnd transparencies. i wish other fonts would be designed this way, giving people room for new experiments.

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful type.


  • Brittany Diamond, 20 June 2012

    I am interested in possibly using this font for an advertising campaign at an ad firm I intern at, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Please let me know as soon as possible about rights and prices, etc, if applicable.

  • Lisa, 18 July 2012

    must be nice to be GAP’s “Be Bright” font selection! Love your font!

  • EJ, 18 March 2013

    Hello, I downloaded the font but it prompts me that there’s a password. May I know what the password is?

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