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What is the Martie™ font?

From the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, by way of Toronto, comes Martie’s handwriting. Martie Byrd is a school teacher in Roanoke, Virginia, and a friend of Canada Type’s Rebecca Alaccari. After years of admiring the cheer and clarity of Martie’s handwriting, we asked her to write out full alphabets for some cool font treatment. The intent was to do three different versions of her writing in two different pens, then use the auto-magic of OpenType to determine letter sequences and rotate character sets on the fly when the fonts are in use. A successful endeavor it was. Take a look at the images in the MyFonts gallery to see the character rotation in action, along with a visual explanation of why Martie is not just another handwriting font. More…
Unlike other available felt tip and ballpoint handwriting fonts, the regular and bold variations are style-based, not weight-based. They are the handwritten expressions of two different Sharpie pens: The fine point one (Martie Bold), and the ultrafine one (Martie Regular). The style-based variation considerably helps the realism needed in design pieces that take advantage of the contrast of two different handwriting fonts. Weight thickening in handwriting is an obvious mechanical effect that only happens with computers. Weight changing by replacing pens is what happens in the real world.
Martie Pro and Martie Pro Bold each contain three different character sets in a single font. Language support includes Western, Central and Eastern European languages for all three sets. This translates into each Pro font containing over 750 characters. Add OpenType code and stir, and you have true handwriting fonts with versatility unavailable out there in anything else of the genre.
A software program that supports OpenType features is needed to use the randomization coded in Martie Pro and Martie Pro Bold. Current versions of QuarkXpress and Adobe applications (Photoshop, Illlustrator, InDesign) do contain support for the randomization feature. But if you don’t have one of these apps, you can still use the interchangeable Type 1 or True Type fonts and change the characters manually to achieve the appearance of true handwriting.
The Martie fonts come in a variety of price packages, from the affordable single fonts to value-laden complete sets. All the proceeds from these fonts received by Canada Type will be donated 50/50 to two primary schools: One in Roanoke (where Martie teaches), and one in Toronto (where the 10-year old, real Canada Type boss goes).
So next time a design project needs a handwriting font, do the write thing and use Martie to keep it real.

Martie™ Font families

The Martie™ includes the following font families:

  • Martie One
  • Martie Two
  • Martie Three
  • Martie One Bold
  • Martie Two Bold
  • Martie Three Bold

Martie™ Preview

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

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Is Martie™ A free font? Is Martie™ Free to Download?

No,Martie™ is not free to download. You will need to pay for it I'm afraid. Almost every font that we list on is a paid-for, premium font. We do have a Free Fonts section where we list free fonts that you can download. There is no point trying to find a free download of Martie™ so please don't waste your time looking.

It is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Martie™ for free. There's 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 Martie™ remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Martie™ 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. :)