18 Free Dingbat Fonts Great for Interface Design

18 Free Dingbat Fonts Great for Interface Design

Operating a computer is quite easy nowadays. We all click our way through our desktops, we all know how to open our e-mail or how to save files in folders. Working with computers has become such a common practice that we barely realize how these actions are framed by metaphors.

Dingbat Fonts

Behind our personal computer we are all disciplined office workers. Yet, while most operating metaphors are drawn from an office setting, we have no problem when they blend with metaphors from other settings, such as home, play, menu, or window. Reading these metaphorical signs—no matter whether they come as words or pictures—and using them as tools usually goes on seamlessly: “what you see is what you get.”

If you are looking for a quick and easy fix for symbols or icons, using dingbat fonts can help you save lots of time. Dingbats are symbols and shapes that are created to describe fonts in the position designated for alphabetical or numerical characters. Remember to take extra care on your choice of symbol. They should be understandable and intuitive.

Here are 18 Dingbat fonts available for free. Bookmark them for your next interface project!

18 Dingbat Fonts suitable for Interface Design

Notice 1
Notice 1 Dingbats
Notice 2

Notice 2 Dingbats

Symbol Signs

Symbol Signs

Glyphyx

Glyphyx

Pictogramz

Pictogramz

Travel Icons

Travel Icons


Santiago Icon

Santiago Icon

Symbolix

Symbolix

Warning Tables

Warning Tables

Road Signs

Road Signs

Siruca Pictograms

Siruca Pictograms

Rally Symbols

Rally Symbols

Zeichen Hundert Alt

Zeichen Alt

Ding Dongs

Ding Dongs

Cartographer

Cartographer

Hazard

Hazard

Waves

Waves

Geo Type

Geotype

Icon is a Visual Sign

Icons function by iconic condensation: a condensation of reference and meaning into one visual sign. This is the kernel of our contemporary graphical user interfaces: translating machine processes into human-readable signs, and translating user action into machine-readable processes. Remember that icons should not save space at the expense of user understanding.

Do you have more dingbat symbols and icons to share? Please leave them in the comment box!

Charlotte’s interest is in web interface and design as well as motion graphics. Her absorption with her work is mostly due to her attention to detail and passion for the world of design. Winding down after work, which consumes much of her time; she enjoys traveling, exploring new places, gastronomy, and fashion.

Comments

    • MattS,
    • November 26, 2009
    / Reply

    Those Notice Dingbats are great looking.
    And I love Fontsquirrel.

  1. / Reply

    They are very nice way cool
    And Happy Thanksgiving don’t eat to much

  2. / Reply

    Awesome! I like fonts because they’re easily resized and colors can be changed easily. This is a great list. Just stumbled.

  3. / Reply

    Thanks a lot..
    Love you for this!!! Saves a lot of time..

    • Paul,
    • November 27, 2009
    / Reply

    BIG BIG THANKS

    This would save a lot of time used on design process.

    BUT…

    I was wondering about the license here.

    It stated in the article that “it’s free.”

    How Free is it ?

    Free to be used for commercial project too?

    Clarification on this will be helpful, at least it eliminates the confusion,
    so people like me and countless other would know what to do, and what not.

    Thanks again

    1. / Reply

      I’m also interested to know if this are also free for commercial projects…thanks for raising up the question, hope we’ll get answers..nice collection

      1. / Reply

        Some of the icons have their license mentioned above the download button as an indication. After downloading, please look at the readme-files in the zips for further instructions from the author. Please also check the author’s website in the readme-files for more details, and contact him/her if in doubt.

        1. / Reply

          Thanks. It’s good that I did follow your blog. I will take note of that.

  4. / Reply

    Great collection, thanks for sharing and thank you for listing my symbol signs collection.

  5. / Reply

    Thanks for sharing this information. I found it very informative as I have been researching a lot lately on practical matters such as you talk about it.

    • andrej,
    • January 8, 2010
    / Reply

    1000s of free dingbats fonts http://www.fonts2u.com/category.html?id=3

  6. / Reply

    Thanks. It’s good that I did follow your blog.

  7. / Reply

    I’m also interested to know if this are also free for commercial projects

  8. / Reply

    Thanks is really beautiful

  9. / Reply

    I’m also interested to know if this are also free for commercial projects

  10. / Reply

    his are also free for commercial projects

    • Mark,
    • July 4, 2010
    / Reply

    These look awesome. Hope everyone in the US have a great 4th.

    • joey,
    • August 8, 2010
    / Reply

    These are really good examples!

  11. / Reply

    I think type of site that is useful in sharing information and it is important to shar.Web proliferation of new developments in the field of design and entrepreneurial spirit of people who have very beautiful and pleasing to be professional.thanks

  12. / Reply

    thank you adminn

  13. / Reply

    I wish you continued success sharing.thanks

  14. / Reply

    Beatifull , Thanx

    • Todd,
    • March 31, 2011
    / Reply

    really cool collection here, thanks for sharing – I’ve gotta spruce up the header bar on my website

  15. / Reply

    The speculation creates a little buzz for Yahoo so they got some time to do what ever they are doing. If they are “rolling out” something really cool this is smart marketing because people are waiting.

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