Vitaly Friedman December 21st, 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). tribbon-video-image 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. Additional Resource: Bold Fonts: 42 Free Thick Fonts To Use For Headlines


  1. 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…

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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


  5. 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

  6. Hello!

    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

  7. 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!

  8. This font is the DOPENESS. I’m using it for my personal design company (with proper attribution).

    Live filters to come, and better ui.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.

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