• Who designed the Gilbert font?

Designers from Ogilvy and Mather Design Team had teamed up with Fontself to design and create the font to honor Gilbert Baker.

  • Where can I use the font file (and why does the color font show up blank when installed)?

The regular OpenType .otf font can be used on most apps, browsers and operating systems, like any other font.

On the contrary, the color font file leverages a brand new technology, OpenType-SVG, that shows up only in compatible apps and browsers:

  • Photoshop CC 2017+, Illustrator CC 2018+ or InDesign CC 2019+ (older PS CC and CS6 versions won’t display the font, nor do the current versions of Illustrator and InDesign)

  • Safari, Firefox & Microsoft Edge

WARNING: the color font file will show up blank after installing it in your font manager because no operating system currently displays OpenType-SVG fonts. Just launch Photoshop CC 2017 and you will be able to see and use the color font.

GOOD NEWS: several app & browser makers have announced interest in supporting color fonts, so you will hopefully be able to use the Gilbert Color font in many more contexts. Register to the Color Fonts WTF newsletter to be notified about all color font progresses via www.colorfonts.wtf


  • What is so special about the Gilbert Color font?

Beyond their creative qualities, all the characters in the Gilbert Color font feature multi-colored designs, based on a color palette inspired by the rainbow flag. While you can manually color any font in many creative apps today, color fonts are unique in the sense that each letter (or “glyph” in the typographic lingo) contains several colors.


The OpenType-SVG font format that is used for Gilbert Color actually brings more to creatives than just colors, as transparency or textures can now be applied to letters right into font files since all glyphs are represented as SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) artwork. Photoshop CC 2017 is currently the main creative software that displays color fonts


  • Can I do X, Y and Z with the font?

The short answer is yes, yes and yes, provided that you read & follow the terms below.

Since the font and artwork are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license, you are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

for any purpose, even commercially. We cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made (including an an indication of previous modifications). You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests we endorse you or your use.

If you remix, transform, or build upon the font or artwork, you must distribute your contributions to the font or artwork under the same license as the original.

  • Can I share the artwork I created using the Gilbert font with the community?

Yes, please tag any creative submission with the hashtag #typewithpride



  • Ogilvy and Mather Design Team:

    • Alfonso Marian - Chief Creative Officer

    • Chris Rowson - Creative Director

    • Bastien Baumann - Creative Director

    • Rodrigo Moran - Creative Director

    • Robyn Makinson - Designer and Font Designer

    • Justin Au - Motion Designer

    • Akiko Nakashima - Executive Producer

    • Bill Berman - Group Director

  • Design Team on Katakana:

    • Kazunori Shiina - Art director

    • Hayato Yamasaki - Art director

  • Fontself Team:

    • Franz Hoffman - CEO/Founder

    • Joël Galeran - CTO/Founder

    • Mohamed Ghenania - CXOFounder

  • Music by Michael Marantz