Saturday, August 2, 2008

If TypeFaces had Human Faces

Dingbat is the term used in the computer industry to describe fonts that had symbols and shapes in the positions designated for alphabetical or numeric characters. Originally a dingbat was an ornament or spacer used in typesetting, sometimes more formally known as a "printer's ornament". The term supposedly originated as onomatopoeia in old style metal-type print shops, where extra space around text or illustrations would be filled by "ding"ing an ornament into the space then "bat"ing tight to be ready for inking.

Is Dingbat really a typeface? Click on the heading above to see a funny video about a conference at which other typefaces are debating whether to accept dingbat into their club.

The more you know about typography the funnier the video will seem to you. This is part of the concept of "cultural capital" where the more you know the more you are able to make or understand connections within a culture. Cultural capital is the knowledge, experience and or connections one has had through the course of their life that enables them to succeed more so than someone from a less experienced background.

Thanks to Randy Ziegenfuss for sending the link to the video.

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