Write and design with the dingbats

dingbat

If you think that the dingbats, or to be more precise the fonts composed by symbols are not so serious and almost useless, you have to start changing your mind. Elegant, nifty, humorous…there are for all tastes and needs. They are easy to use, modify, resize and able to aesthetically enrich every single graphic project.

Thus, a selection has to be made in order not to fall into amateurial work, given that not all the dingbats are of a high quality: some are imprecise, others if resized could become jagged and so on.

For not to mention the dingbats already used&abused to the extreme.

I have tried to gather into this mini collection some of the dingbats I believe you might find useful: some that I have personally used in certain works (like the wonderful Nymphette), and others that I have become aware of through reflex thanks to certain sites that make a skillful use out of them.

If you are a lover of these fonts or if this article has struck a little bit of curiousity inside of you, I recommend to visit the Font Garden website, which collects hundreds of extremely beautiful dingbats that are still largely unknown.

But let’s get started with our collection!

1. Nymphette

nymphette

nymphette2
laura

The first place not by chance, Nymphette is the queen of dingbat. Elegant and refined, is able to give a touch of style to any work and, if used well, can be the detail that makes a difference in a graphic project.

2. Kfon

kfon

A very charming dingbat whose florals are often used as separators.

3. Zoologic

zoologic

barkives.animal

There is a galore of dingbats using animal silhouettes: this is one of the best, because in a single collection,it is possible to find dozens of animals: from the dolphin to the ferret; there’s a little bit of everything.

4. Separate

seperate

The name already says it all: another dingbat that collects various floral separators and not only, classical and modern. Totally useful!

5. FingerprintInside

fingerprintinside

A dingbat with a very aesthetic arrangement, captivating and original. Perfect for graphic works that are a bit unconventional, leaflets, grunge style websites.

6. Travelcon

travelcons

International symbols and not only: a resource to be kept in mind, it can be always useful.

7. Talkies

talkies

Alright, I admit I am a little biased.  But eventhough I have a visceral passion for the balloons and the comics, it doesn’t neccessarily mean this is not an objectively beautiful, cute, and youthful dingbat.

8. Swinging

swinging
The doodles are always fascinating, and this dingbat is the living proof.

9. Wc rhesus

wcresus

Stains, squirts &  akins. A cocktail tested in different styles, from street to grunge.

10. Freakyface

freakies

Curious and original, this font is used pretty often, more or less indirectly, in webdesign illustrations. Just to prove it: Who hasn’t seen at least once the whirled bees of Denise?

teamfanny

On websites and in all css galleries; nonetheless, almost nobody knows that these so original designs are in reality fruit of a font.

11. Efon

efon

Many creative styles in a font more punk. But don’t be prejudiced: it can turn out to be really useful, one way or another.

12. Webmasters

webmaster

More on a whim than anything else: webmasters and other computer maniacs, with lots of cupid-monitor, to represent the web people. A font accurate to the details and extremely cute.

Conclusions

The dingbats can turn out to be a huge resource for designers, provided that it is known how to choose high quality fonts and not to abuse. Under every circumstance they are to be preferred to eventual cheap cliparts, used and reused, just because vectors are suitable both for web graphics and typography alike.

And you, do you often use one or more dingbats? If so, which one?

Master per Web Designer Freelance
In tutti questi anni abbiamo ricevuto centinaia di richieste di approfondimento sulle numerose tematiche del web design vissuto da freelance. Le abbiamo affrontate volta per volta. Ma ci siamo resi conto che era necessario fare qualcosa di più. Ecco perché è nato One Year Together, un vero e proprio master per web designer freelance che apre finalmente le porte al mondo del lavoro.
Scopri One Year Together »
[pdf]Scarica articolo in PDF[/pdf]
Tags: , ,

The Author

Web designer, has been working in the field of graphics and web development for six years and at the moment besides collaborating with a web agency successfully manages her freelance activity under the name of mascara design. Like many freelancers she is used to handling more roles, ranging from paper graphics to the development of html and css codes; nonetheless this passion of hers remains, always and however, web graphics.

Author's web site | Other articles written by

Related Posts

You may be interested in the following articles:

11 comments

  1. Tammy

Trackback e pingback

  1. uberVU - social comments
    Social comments and analytics for this post... This post was mentioned on Twitter by nymphont: RT @YIW Write and design with …
  2. florystyka
    Check this out... Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors...
  3. Animal dingbat | Halleyscarpet
    [...] Write and design with the dingbats | Your Inspiration WebMar 20, 2010 … barkives.animal. There is a galore of …

Leave a Reply

Current month ye@r day *