Hangul wears the colours of pride.
The first complete full-colour Hangul typefaces
representing the pride of sexual minorities.
The Gilbeot Typeface project was born out of the idea
of creating a Korean Hangul version of the Gilbert Typeface
which was created to honour the memory of Gilbert Baker (1951-2017),
a gay human rights activist and creator of the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag.
The typeface name “Gilbeot” is a play on words with the name Gilbert,
but also signifies the word “journey” or “path” (gil) towards a society
that respects diversity that is shared with a “friend” or “companion” (beot).
The Gilbeot Typeface is the first complete full-colour Hangul typeface.
In English, approximately 100 characters are needed for everyday usage,
including upper and lower case characters.
In Korean, Hangul requires at least 3,000 characters in order to be complete,
representing all the different syllable permutations that exist.
In the case of the rainbow Gilbeot Typeface, which can contain
up to 11 colours in just one character, it was necessary
to constantly experiment colour combinations
so that the 3,000 characters would have a unified look.
Given the complexities involved in creating
a rainbow typeface using Korean characters,
no Korean version has ever been completed until now.
The Gilbeot Typeface will go down in Korean typeface history
as the first complete full-colour Hangul typeface
representing the pride of sexual minorities in Korea.
Gilbeot Typeface inherits the meaning and style of the pride rainbow,
and follows the structure and form of the original Gilbert Typeface as a symbol of solidarity.
Going one step further, the Gilbeot Typeface will also be released in colours
symbolising the pride of transgender people as well bisexual people,
resulting in a total of three different typefaces.
Ultimately, the Gilbeot Typeface is a means to convey respect and
support for the existence of all people, as they are.
The transgender and bisexual versions of the Gilbeot Typeface were officially released on January 24, 2021.
Background (Only Korean)