Have you heard of dingbats? That’s the name for a fun type of
character font that works well with custom graphic design work and digital scrapbooking techniques. Wikipedia defines a dingbat font as:
A dingbat is an ornament, character
or spacer used in typesetting, sometimes more formally known as a
“printer’s ornament” or “printer’s character”. The term continues to be
used in the computer industry to describe fonts that have symbols and
shapes in the positions designated for alphabetical or numeric
Using dingbats is as easy as typing, just click on the alphabet key
associated with the image you want to use. You can adjust the size of
the font and fill with different colors. You can even use the shapes as a
clipping mask and fill with colored or patterned papers (in Photoshop, I'm brand new to Photoshop so this is a learning process for me!). Many dingbats
can be modified (such as colored). They are such an fun way to addeasy and mostly FREE details to illustrate titles and themes to whatever you creating.
This post inspired me to create this fun little piece with one of my favorite female American icons and quotes, using the Famous Folks dingbat font. Fun, right!?
So are you ready to raid your dingbat files or download some now? I’d love to see
what you create with these tiny little bits of art. Feel free to leave a
comment and a link to the images you've created.
Remember, it’s ok to play and have some fun!