Tribbon ‘Layered’ Font – Exclusive Free Download

December 21st, 2009

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.


65 comments for „Tribbon ‘Layered’ Font – Exclusive Free Download
  1. Scarlett on December 21st, 2009 at 2:43 am

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

  2. Gerrit Fries on December 21st, 2009 at 2:47 am

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

  3. vectorss on December 21st, 2009 at 2:57 am

    very nice great font. Thanks share!

  4. GinjaNinja on December 21st, 2009 at 4:07 am

    Is nice! I like!

    Thanky Spanky

  5. Abhilash M on December 21st, 2009 at 4:26 am

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

  6. Samoo on December 21st, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Love the “layer philosopy”. Nice idea!

  7. Steve Martin on December 21st, 2009 at 4:55 am

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

  8. Thibault on December 21st, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Great work. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Maicon on December 21st, 2009 at 5:17 am

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

  10. cssah on December 21st, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Woow ,Awesome font amazing thank you

  11. r_jake on December 21st, 2009 at 7:02 am

    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…

  12. turisuna on December 21st, 2009 at 7:47 am

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

  13. Gerrit Fries on December 21st, 2009 at 7:51 am

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

  14. Gowebtex on December 21st, 2009 at 7:57 am

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

  15. Helen on December 21st, 2009 at 8:48 am

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

  16. Tom on December 21st, 2009 at 10:24 am

    This font is really amazing!

  17. david on December 21st, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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

  18. on December 22nd, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Waouh ! Won’t say more…

  19. *-----Cute Web Designer----* on December 22nd, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Great collection of sites.

    thanks for sharing

  20. Namit Gupta on December 24th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Amazing font, thanks for the share.

  21. Luu Xuan Hao on December 25th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Download for future usage, love it, thanks.

  22. Richie on December 25th, 2009 at 11:18 am

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

  23. Djdesignerlab on December 26th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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

  24. LukeSF on January 18th, 2010 at 2:21 am

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

  25. Thana on January 18th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Beautiful Font. Thankyou.

  26. softestbullet on January 27th, 2010 at 12:29 am

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

  27. donny on February 1st, 2010 at 9:01 am

    beautiful thanks!

  28. AboveAverageJoe on February 15th, 2010 at 6:10 am

    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!

  29. gingtalk on February 18th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

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

  30. sayan mukherjee on March 16th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Great Work and thanks for sharing.

  31. Gita on March 17th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    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


  32. Ryan Cowles on March 18th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Beautiful font, thank you!

  33. K6 de Dijon on March 21st, 2010 at 10:17 am

    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

  34. latha on April 11th, 2010 at 11:07 pm


  35. Nate on April 15th, 2010 at 12:25 pm


    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

  36. Verny Acula on April 28th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you from the Antipodes,


  37. Picture One on May 29th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you!
    Very nice font indeed!

  38. bororo on June 22nd, 2010 at 7:26 am

    thank u …that’s cool font

  39. SHER on June 30th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Great font! love it. Thxs!

  40. Rossi on July 15th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    AWESOOOMMEE! Thanks for sharing . Very inspirational!!

  41. Rafo Barbosa on August 29th, 2010 at 10:58 pm


    Rafo from Brazil!

  42. ???? on September 1st, 2010 at 12:10 am

    WOW,very nice ,thank you for sharing !

  43. Kevin on September 5th, 2010 at 9:24 am

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

  44. Caity on September 22nd, 2010 at 2:53 am

    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!

  45. Tiago Ferreira on September 22nd, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I really Apreciate!

  46. Tiago Ferreira on September 22nd, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I really Apreciate this font

  47. DownloadCe on October 14th, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Nice Especially for blog Thank you.

  48. Dan on October 24th, 2010 at 10:25 am


  49. Sandeep Soni on January 10th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

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

  50. Ryan on February 18th, 2011 at 2:46 am

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

  51. HeyLinus on March 8th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks man!

  52. James on May 2nd, 2011 at 11:14 am

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


  53. Jaeho on May 14th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    It’s very beautiful font. Thanks a lot

  54. richard oreilly aka jahrichie on June 15th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    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.


  55. jobish on August 18th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    very attractive

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  57. Rodrigo on January 11th, 2012 at 11:53 pm


    Thank you!

    i love it!

  58. Raffaella Ciavatta on February 10th, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Beautiful type :)
    Thank you!

  59. Victor on March 6th, 2012 at 3:21 am

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

  60. Pablo Mestres on April 10th, 2012 at 2:54 pm


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


  61. Gareth Hardy on May 16th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Really beautiful work. Thanks for sharing :)

  62. carlo muttoni on June 18th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    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.


  63. Brittany Diamond on June 20th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    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.

  64. Lisa on July 18th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

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

  65. EJ on March 18th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

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