Irresistible Free Dingbat Fonts | Part I


Dingbat fonts likely have a long history in typesetting, a history in which I'd love to research in depth. When composing this post I briefly read the wikipedia entry which didn't fully satisfy my curiosities in regards to the history of dingbats or "printer's ornaments". For part 2 of this post, we'll see if I can dig up more information for the tale of the printer's character. For now, have a look at these gorgeous dings.  I find them fascinating and irresistible.  

Warning: If you go and download them all, I highly suggest using some sort of font manager, as a lot of these can be very graphics/processor intensive.  Nexus Font is what I use in windows, and it allows you to use font sets on a per need basis without installing them on your computer. If you run linux, you can run fonty python or create a  folder called .fonts in your home directory (use ctrl-H to show hidden dot files). You can switch them out on a per need basis this way manually by just renaming your working font folder to .fonts. Here's a myfonts list by os.

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8 comments :

  1. Cool blog post! I had to really restrain myself from downloading all of them.

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  2. Thanks so much! I really like the ornaments by Manfred Klein, as they remind me of the illustration styles from books I read as a young one in the 70's.

    I'd like to use some of these ornament dings in digital scrapbooking projects.

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  3. WOW .. I'm a font piggy and all these are TERRIFIC! .. ty so very much!

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  4. Aww ty for including my dings! It is an honor to be included with such greats.
    They other dingbats and their creators that you feature are very inspiring to me.

    <3

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  5. @Lauren You are inspiring to me! I don't know how you folks have the patience for font creation. I started playing around with fontforge the other day and felt a bit daunted, lol. :) How does one find enough hours in the day?

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  6. Hiya, Toots! LOL I'm doing this week's challenge at Digital Whisper. I thought I'd show dingbat use in art. I would like to link to this page to show some wonderful examples. I hope you don't mind. There are literally thousands of articles on fonts, true. But, you do such an awesome showcase of topics, I just really value your information and your choices!

    While our group is private, I would be tickled to share an invite link with you. I'll send it via e-mail.

    Thank you, by the way, for sharing with me on Stumble! I have really enjoyed those links you've sent! I wish I were closer to that farm with the honey and wine! Sounds like you had fun! I love it!

    Thanks, loads and a hug!

    Su

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  7. Oh thanks so much Sü! I will send you an email. I love stumbleupon, it has been so fun sharing back and forth with people. Thanks for thinking of me! :)

    ::hugs::

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  8. Thanks so much. Have really enjoyed "thumbing" thru your collections. Enjoyed your taste in 'Bats', especially Manfred Klein's.

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