Font of the Week (9) – Dingbats
Today we are not talking about just one font … it is more a big crowd of fonts and I won’t be able to present you all members of that crowd.
Maybe you will start to explore this crowd a bit on your own.
I will introduce
A dingbat is a kind of ornament; you can say “a little picture”. An ornament, a specific character used in typesetting.
Today dingbats describe all fonts that have pictures, symbols or shapes instead of alphabetical or numeric characters. Don’t mix the symbols up with Symbol fonts. Those can be dingbats but usually Symbol font represent Greek alphabet as we use it for mathematical equations.
One famous dingbats font is
The typographer Hermann Zapf created this font in 1978 for the type foundry “ITC” International Typeface Corporation.
In this font we find shapes like crosses, stars, little scissors, phones, pencils, and bullets.
You will be also familiar with the font
This font was created for Microsoft in 1990 by the Typographers Charles Bigelow and Kris Holms.
We have met that team before when talking about Lucida Handwriting.
Wingdings shows us a great variety of communication symbols, astrological signs, arrows and even flags and computer devices.
Here are some examples from the world of dingbats.
I took a complete alphabet set as shown below.
I had to learn these days that I own about 700 different dingbat fonts.
Some are very useful like Zapf dingbats or my favorite, the family of Commercial Pi 1–7.
Others are just for fun …
Stars and Stripes
Isn’t this a funny font? Express your feelings.
Ornaments – Woodtype
Mario and Luigi
Yes I am sometimes very surprised what kind of fonts you can get …
Fancy some fruitsalad?
Game Sport 3
Built your own people
We should make a little competition … who will create the most scary dingbats monster M)
Which is your favorite?