Pirouette™

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What is the Pirouette™ font?

Pirouette is based on a logo that Japanese designer Ryuichi Tateno created for a packaging design project in 1999 (a shampoo container!). Tateno’s logo experimented with complex, overlapped swash letterforms. He continued to develop these outside of the initial packaging project, until they took on a life of their own. Eventually, Tateno designed a full typeface out of the logo, Pirouette, which was the first place display face in Linotype’s 2003 International Type Design Contest. More…
The Pirouette typeface contains six different fonts. The basic font is Pirouette Regular. This is an engraver’s italic lowercase paired with elaborate swash capitals. The swash capitals have two visual elements in their forms: thick strokes and thin strokes. Pirouette Text includes the same lowercase as Pirouette Regular, but the uppercase letters are much shorter and simpler. This “text” font can be used to set longer amounts of copy. Pirouette Alternate contains different lowercase glyphs and additional ligatures, which can be used as substitutes for the lowercase forms in the Pirouette Regular and Pirouette Text fonts. Pirouette Ornaments contains swashes and other knick-knacks that can either be added onto the end of a letter, or used as separate decorative elements or swooshes (accolades) on a page.
Pirouette Separate 1 and Pirouette Separate 2 are two fonts that can be layered over top of one another in software applications that support layering (e.g., most Adobe and Macromedia applications, as well as QuarkXPress). Pirouette Separate 1 contains the thick stroke elements from Pirouette Regular’s uppercase letters, as well as the same lowercase glyphs that can be found in Pirouette Regular and Pirouette Text. Pirouette Separate 2 contains only the thin stroke elements from Pirouette Regular’s uppercase letters. By layering Pirouette Separate 1 and Pirouette Separate 2 over one another, you can give the uppercase letter’s thick and thin stroke elements different colors and create unique, more calligraphic designs.
The Pirouette family, Tanteno’s first commercial typeface, was greatly influenced by the calligraphic and typographic work of the master German designer, Prof. Hermann Zapf, especially his Zapfino typeface.

Pirouette™ Font families

The Pirouette™ includes the following font families:

  • Pirouette Pro Regular
  • Pirouette Std Regular
  • Pirouette Std Alternate
  • Pirouette Std Separate 1
  • Pirouette Std Separate 2
  • Pirouette Ornaments

Pirouette™ Preview

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


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

The short answer is no. Pirouette™ 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 Pirouette™, 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 Pirouette™ 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 Pirouette™ is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Pirouette™ and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Pirouette™. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Pirouette™ for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Pirouette™ 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 Pirouette™ remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Pirouette™ and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on MyFonts.com. 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. :)