Zapf Dingbats

zapf dingbats

Today, because it’s the last day of the the Blogging A to Z Challenge, and because I am finally on the letter Z, I bring you Zapf Dingbats. Yes, I know how to draw and how to use Illustrator and Photoshop, but I do occasionally use Zapf Dingbats. Without apology. In fact, the flowers in my blog header are made with Zapf Dingbats. 

A dingbat, in typesetting terms, is an ornament, character, or spacer. Zapf Dingbats were designed in 1978 by Hermann Zapf, and I’m not embarrassed to admit that I have a crush on Hermann. When I don’t have time to draw, I simply adjust the font size of a dingbat to something enormous in either Fireworks or Photoshop, play with colors and layers, and a lazy designer’s header or other image is born. Don’t judge me. You take shortcuts, too.

Do you have a favorite font or ornament set? Have you ever used it to create something besides text? It’s OK, you’re among friends. I’m the last person in the world who can hold it against you.


  1. Zapf Dingbats are just clean fun! I have always enjoyed using them to “spark up” the written word. Thank you for a great Z post. – Fawn

  2. sherilynn says:

    Hi Dawn, I’m happy to meet a fellow Zapf Dingbat fan. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Old Guy says:

    Sheri,,Congrats on your A to Z blogging posts..Great job..I learned some things along the way..A couple of times I wondered what you where going to blog about..I had to think a bit about some of the letters to come up with topics, based on a particular letter. i.e. X,Z, & a couple of other letters…Anyway it was fun reading along.. Your writing made me think about my limited vocabulary… Next month do it again From Z to A..LOL..Old Guy

  4. sherilynn says:

    Thanks for following along, Old Guy. I think I’ll leave the alphabet alone until next April. This challenge was a stretch for me sometimes. If you start your own blog and do a challenge, I’ll join you, otherwise I think I’ll go back to my 2 or 3 times weekly posting schedule. :)

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