Forgotten Ornaments Part 1

The introduction of OpenType fonts in the 90s largely increased the number of glyphs that could be included within font files without them becoming damaged or too large to function. Type designers have mostly used this newly available space to add letters and symbols for multiple languages but some have been more playful and experimental, including decorative ornaments within their typefaces. In most cases these have been designed to match the style of the font itself, but occasionally they just appear to have been added in. They can be used to make borders, to separate paragraphs, or to create patterns.

It’s a shame that most users of these typefaces won’t even know they own these unique symbols that are actually embedded in the font. They’re incredibly easy to use so open up your glyphs panel and see what you can find.

Shown below are some of my favourite ornaments hidden within typefaces.

 

Minion

Caslon

Iowan

Zapfino

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