IN NOVEMBER, I ran a hint showing a story from a newspaper that had been set entirely in Zapf Dingbats. Here’s a link to that hint.
The Zapf Dingbats typeface was introduced with the original Apple computers in 1984. It was an instant hit.
Since then, newspaper pages have been seen every kind of Zapf circle, square, triangle, diamond, snowflake, rosette, pointing hand, pen nib, checkmark, itty-bitty pencil and who-knows-whatever other thingy.
Yes, I was part of the problem, too — just like hundreds of other designers and dozens of other consultants.
Now, I’d like to be a part of the solution, with this recommendation: Put Zapf Dingbats in the back end of a dark, musty bottom drawer in your computer.
Leave it there.
Let it go.
We have more important things to do with our time than to search for ways to use such gimmicks, gimcracks and gewgaws.