On 31 March, 2017, Gilbert Baker the creator of the iconic Rainbow Flag sadly passed away. Mr. Baker was both an LGBTQ activist and artist, and was known for helping friends create banners for protests and marches. To honor the memory of Gilbert Baker, NewFest and NYC Pride partnered with Fontself to create a free font inspired by the design language of the iconic Rainbow Flag, the font was named 'Gilbert' after Mr. Baker. A preview version of the font can be downloaded for free in the download section.
The Gilbert font was originally designed for striking headlines and statements that could live on banners for rallies and protests and it is now currently being built out into a whole family of weights and styles. The font is available in two versions, a standard vector font and a color font (in OpenType-SVG format) currently usable in Photoshop CC 2017 or Illustrator CC 2018 and above. Both fonts are early beta previews that you can download below for free, and you can follow @TypeWithPride on Instagram and on our development blog for news about new font weights, styles and creative contests.
Learn more about color fonts on Fontself’s dedicated website: colorfonts.wtf
Use Gilbert on your smartphone
You can even use the Gilbert font on your smartphone thanks to the Fontself free app that includes other creative fonts. It lets you share iconic messages & posts with your friends.
Gilbert Baker was both an LGBTQ activist and artist, and was known for helping friends create banners for protests and marches. In the spirit of Mr. Baker's creative and collaborative nature, we've created free downloadable art intended to be printed and held high at pride events, protests and rallies.