Font Friday

Sharpie (free font)

The handwritten display typeface Sharpie on a mobile phone in a headline and pull quote.

Handwritten typeface

by Théo Guillard on Fontshare

5 styles (instances)

5 weights from Light to Black

Variable Font

1 axis (weight)

License for web/app usage

Free

Best for

  • Headings (display text)
  • Long reading text (body text)
  • User Interfaces (functional text)

Specialty

Rhythmical, casual and edgy.

My thoughts on Sharpie

Sharpie, designed by Théo Guillard, is named after the popular kind of marker with a broad and a narrow side. It’s more a display typeface that shows some calligraphic vibes, which make it seem approachable, casual and friendly. But friendly in an angular, edgy way. It shows some speed, contrast, and rhythm. Except for using it in a title or some headings, Sharpie also works for very short paragraphs or marginalia and the Regular weight is still legible in sizes around 16 px.

Light and Regular have less contrast, which makes them suitable for smaller sizes (around 16 px). The bolder it gets, the larger you should set it.

Sharpie is available on Fontshare, a free fonts service launched by the Indian Type Foundry with the mission is to make high-quality fonts accessible to everyone. When I discovered a fault in the kerning of the typeface, they immediately fixed it. So obviously they stand by their word 😉.


What do you think? Is Sharpie something for an upcoming project? Tell me in the comments below!

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4 Comments

  1. Among the fonts that look like they were written with sharpie this one is very good one. However I would expect the letter -s- to have something similar to -B- and what is going on with -r-? It looks like upside down -u- .

    1. I thought the same thing about the lowercase -r-. Looks like it is was written in script but is the only letter like that.

    2. I agree, these shapes are rather peculiar for it being a handwritten kind of typeface. Alternative characters would be interesting or helpful there. P.S. Love your name, Dr. Zoidberg. Love Futurerama.

  2. Sharpie, how serious the name is😆 behaves like a generation alpha when entering the disco club😎 And yet, there is so much to experience. Unfinished project, with potentials. Sharpie, Sharpie, inconsistency in letter style will cost you some lectures and practice.

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