Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video Expert characters and analphabetic symbols, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
What is an Analphabetic symbol?…Analphabetic symbols are typographic marks that are not part of the basic character set,…and they are better known as dingbats.…If someone called me a dingbat, I would say thank you, I'm a big fan of dingbats.…The original meaning of the word dingbat dates back to at least 1880.…It's also known as a printer's ornament or a printer's character.…Dingbats are some of the most interesting typographic symbols.…There are entire fonts devoted to dingbats.…
Thanks to Hermann Zapf, pretty much everyone who has a computer is familiar with the font Zapf Dingbats.…There are thousands of fonts that just contain dingbats, some of which are highly illustrative…and specific, not to mention entertaining.…Dingbats or analphabetic symbols are one category of expert character sets.…Expert character sets are made up of anything that is not generally included in the basic character set.…The basic character set contains upper and lowercase, numbers and punctuation.…
Other common examples, of expert characters are alternate character sets which may include…
- What is typography?
- Differentiating type characteristics
- Using ornamental and decorative type
- Combining typefaces
- Using contrast and scale
- Kerning and kerning pairs
- Choosing the optimum line length
- Aligning and spacing characters, words, and paragraphs
- Understanding factors affecting legibility
- Working with three-dimensional type
- Putting type in motion
Skill Level Beginner
1. Typographic Differentiation
2. The Language of Type
3. Spacing and Alignment
4. Touching on Type Design
5. Legibility and Readability
6. Typographic Composition
Contrast and scale4m 54s
7. Thinking with Type
8. Specialized Uses
Working with numbers2m 10s
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