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.