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What is the Essonnes font?

Made up of sixteen individual weights and spread over three different optical sizes, Essonnes is designed to bring utility back to the Didot genre.
It’s a common belief among designers that Didones don’t work for text. This wasn’t true in 1819 and it isn’t true today. Like its forbearers, Essonnes is a truly optical family—not just a study in adjusting contrast. The text and display weights have been designed from the ground up for their intended roles. This means that everything from the height of the uppercase & lowercase letters have been specifically tuned for their intended purpose. More…
Like many typefaces, Essonnes started after falling in love with a piece of history. In this case, it was the eccentric forms of Pierre Didot’s Type and the evolution of the High contrast Didone throughout the 19th century. It was out of curiosity and love for these forms that led to the first draft of what would become Essonnes back in 2011.
These unique situations—screens, modern printing methods, the previous 200 years of typographic innovation since the original design, my own life experiences—have led to a typeface that, while based on history, is not stuck in it.

Essonnes Font families

The Essonnes includes the following font families:

  • Essonnes Headline Thin
  • Essonnes Headline Thin Italic
  • Essonnes Headline Regular
  • Essonnes Headline Italic
  • Essonnes Headline Bold
  • Essonnes Headline Bold Italic
  • Essonnes Display Light
  • Essonnes Display Light Italic
  • Essonnes Display Regular
  • Essonnes Display Italic
  • Essonnes Display Bold
  • Essonnes Display Bold Italic
  • Essonnes Text Regular
  • Essonnes Text Italic
  • Essonnes Text Bold
  • Essonnes Text Bold Italic

Essonnes Preview

Here is a preview of how Essonnes will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

You're probably thinking - Is Essonnes available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Essonnes is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Essonnes, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Essonnes and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Essonnes is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Essonnes and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Essonnes. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Essonnes for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Essonnes Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Essonnes remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Essonnes and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)