Thursday, August 1, 2013


Some of you know what 'digbats' are, but I sure many of you do not. Well, here is the actual definition:

Dingbat: 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 characters.

I thought I would post about digbats for those of you that have interest in design, but are not graphic designers. You do not have to be a graphic designer to make things pretty! :) Some of you might be interested in enhancing your blog images or would simply like to create an invitation to a shower or birthday party.

As a graphic designer, I can illustrate these type of images, but choose to use dingbats quite often to save time. 

Here are my top picks:

Links to download these fonts:
ONE  |  TWO  |  THREE  |  FOUR  |  FIVE  |  SIX  |  SEVEN  |  EIGHT  |  NINE  |  TEN

Now, how to install and use them:
Note: I can only speak to mac implementation. Sorry folks, I am completely dumb when it comes to PCs. HERE is a link that shows other ways to install font, including how to install on a PC.

Download your desired fonts.
My favorite FREE font sites are Dafont, Font Squirrel, and (MY FAVORITE!!!) Lost Type Co-Op.

Open your Font Book and load in your font.

Add your fonts to your Font Book from your downloads.

Use your fonts! They are now in your system. You might have to restart your programs and possibly your computer so that your computer recognizes them.

I, of course, use the Adobe Suite to design, but HERE is a link to some free (and more user friendly) design programs if you are looking for some.

PLEASE let me know if you have any troubles with installing your fonts by commenting on this post. Many times someone will have the same question and they can browse the comments to figure out the answers. I get lots of emails with questions, but not many comments. Please feel free to comment on the posts! :)

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