About Dingbat Fonts
Dingbat fonts are known for containing special symbols or simple flourishes or shapes. However, they can be so much more, and font designers have seized on a few little-known attributes of fonts in order to provide detailed, scalable, high-quality artwork hidden inside a simple-looking font.
Fonts are basically a form of vector art, their curves defined mathematically, not by pixels. This means that a tiny letter “a” that you type on your keyboard could be printed out at billboard size or to cover a blimp without any problem. It also means that whatever is typed can be easily given any one color that you like. And if you want to fill it with two or more colors or manipulate it further? You can type it into a vector program like Adobe Illustrator, select “Create Outlines,” and now your font is vector artwork with points you can manipulate however you please.
Because they're so easily manipulated, designers have created dingbat fonts with all sorts of great artwork, some of it free to use for personal and even commercial use. Here we're going to go over the 10 best free floral dingbats available today, and talk about some uses for floral dingbats.
Project Ideas Using Floral Dingbat Fonts
Some print uses for floral dingbats could be:
- Wedding invitations
- Spring/summer-oriented projects and crafts
- Use in a monogram for personal stationery
- Baby announcements
- Use as a bullet point, border, or as a flourish between paragraphs or to signify the end of a paragraph
- Logo/identity for florists, landscapers, garden shops – caveat: make it your own! You must never use clip art as-is for identity purposes
- Use as an evocative image in ads or promotions for perfume, personal care, travel
However, there are even more options beyond print:
- Valentine's crafts
- Summer-themed crafts
- Embroidery, cross stitch and sewing
- T-shirt designs
- Woodburning and glass etching
You're limited only by your imagination. Any project utilizing art or iconic imagery can potentially make use of dingbats or floral dingbats.
On to the fonts!