Dingbats
June 18, 2013 12:50 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a dingbats font for a specific purpose. I'm creating a book of numbered paragraphs, and the number is above each paragraph in an elegant display font (Copperplate). On each side of the number, I'd like to put a fairly simple, unobtrusive, horizontal dingbat. This could be done with dingbats that are mirror images of each other. It could be as simple as a brush stroke that's heavier on the left or right, with the heavy ends near the number. Or it could be something else. I'm not looking for anything too leafy or flowery or pretty or Victorian. Do you know of a dingbats font like this that's downloadable for free?

I use Mac 10.6.8. Thanks in advance for your suggestions that might be useful for this specific purpose.
posted by John Cohen to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
(Needless to say, I've already tried doing broad Google searches like "free dingbat font." I know there's an abundance of free dingbat fonts, but I'm looking for something much more specific.)
posted by John Cohen at 12:51 PM on June 18, 2013


I've done something similar with Bergamot Ornaments. Should be something you like on that site.
posted by sephira at 1:09 PM on June 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Some of these are simple and horizontal.

On preview, what sephira said!
posted by sevensnowflakes at 1:13 PM on June 18, 2013


I actually have that font, and it has a problem I've seen with several fonts: there are asymmetrical lines combined into one character. Look at the capital X. I would prefer to have the two long lines in that character as separate characters, so I could type a number in between them.

(The dingbat I'm using now is similar to the tilde (~) in Bergamot Ornaments, though I'm using Bodoni Ornaments.)
posted by John Cohen at 1:17 PM on June 18, 2013


Plenty of free swirly dingbat fonts here.
posted by pyjammy at 1:21 PM on June 18, 2013


I'm not looking for anything too leafy or flowery or pretty or Victorian.

Can you clarify what you're looking for? There are many dingbat fonts for all sorts of purposes.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:21 PM on June 18, 2013


Can you clarify what you're looking for? There are many dingbat fonts for all sorts of purposes.

I've tried to be very clear in my post and previous comment about what I am looking for. I don't have anything to add.
posted by John Cohen at 1:33 PM on June 18, 2013


You could probably look through a couple of the Dover books and find exactly what you want. Scan it, modify in Photoshop if need be and call it a day.
posted by JJ86 at 1:34 PM on June 18, 2013


A lot of the Dover books lately have a CD of the clip art as well included in the back as well as the printed art in the book.
posted by Tchad at 1:36 PM on June 18, 2013


The thing is, if it's any more involved than downloading a font and typing a couple characters, I'm just going to be lazy and go with what I have now.
posted by John Cohen at 1:41 PM on June 18, 2013


Pay the $20 (it's very fast and easy) and fall in love with Terracotta Extras. Once you have this, you can use it now and forever, and your level of craft will go up incrementally.

Go to the page, click the "singles" tab, and you'll see the "extras" as a link.
posted by amtho at 1:49 PM on June 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


This one looks like it has mirrored versions of its characters (I think this is what you are describing): Nymphette

That site has a few more dingbatty fonts too.
posted by a dangerous ruin at 4:11 PM on June 18, 2013


Here's two free options that have a couple mirrored ones, although they may be too swirly for you:
Nymphette
Soft Ornaments Four

These are paid options (though still pretty cheap), but may have more of what you're looking for.
Adobe Wood Type Ornaments
Liebe Ornaments
Typesetter Ornaments
Antique Ornaments

Good luck!
posted by DulcineaX at 6:04 PM on June 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Thanks to those who answered my question. I suppose I could have given more background about exactly why I was asking for what I was asking for (I do have my reasons), but I didn't think this was necessary. I decided to go with what I have, and I've sent the book to the printer.
posted by John Cohen at 11:25 AM on June 19, 2013


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