Why the Wingdings font exists




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Wingdings is the font made entirely out of symbols. But why?

As a means of writing sentences, Wingdings fails — but that was never its purpose. It was created to be used as a unique tool for the pre-internet era. It was akin to emojis, but with even more utility.

Read more on the Wingdings font: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9200801/wingdings-font-history

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51 thoughts on “Why the Wingdings font exists

    8-bit Dylan

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    W.D gaster

    Ender Durant

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    nah, it's cause Gaster wouldn't be mysterious otherwise..

    Marta P

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    I should be doing homework what the hell am I doing here

    unitiated

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    ☞??? ⚐☞☞ ?☠?☜☼❄✌☹☜ ☞✌☠?? ❄☟✋? ✋? ☜???✌❄✋⚐☠✌☹? ✋❄ ☟✌? ☠⚐❄☟✋☠☝ ❄⚐ ❄?⚐ ?✋❄☟ ❄☟✌❄ ☞???✋☠☝ ☝✌?☜

    Sadiran Sukamto

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    85% of the comments were Undertale-related. Including the W.D. Gaster. (Actually, I came here for this, too. Haha.). 10% are some people who would shut up about the game. 3% people are saying this is helpful. 2% of people saying neutral things in this video.

    DeadSoundM7 // Animations and More!

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    ✋ ?✌☠ ?☜☜゙☜✞☜☼✡❄☟✋☠☝

    Zachary Boyce

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    ✝?✡?

    2 spoop

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    It's not nice to talk about someone who is listening.

    HazelReys

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    One of the planes that hit the Trade Center Towers in NY was flight number : Q33NY

    1) Open a new Word document and type in capital letters Q33NY

    2) highlight it

    3) enlarge the font to 48

    4) click on Font Style and select “Wingdings”

    You will then will be amazed!!

    GG

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Whoops, I fell asleep

    shital Rai

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Gaster.

    AcquaNINJA

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    So dingbats is the emoji of the past ?

    tori2dles

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Maybe "ding" is from the Dutch translation, but I would think it's more likely German as they originated the printing press. I know it has the same meaning, I just find it funny they used Dutch as opposed to German in their explanation.

    Air After (popgame24)

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    when you thought they were called weddings

    toast boy

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    ☟☜☹? ?☜ ⚐☼ ?☜ ?✋☹☹ ?☜ ☼✋??☜? ⚐?❄ ⚐☞ ☜✠✋?❄✌☠?☜

    toast boy

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    ?✋?? ?⚐☹✋?☟☜☼ ☹⚐☹

    A-2807205

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Newsflash!
    The reason Wingdings exists, is because someone wanted it to exist…. mainly as a decorative font that no one uses.. nice one

    chipotle cat

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    but how do we know which is which?

    Fixed Face

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Great, i dont get it. Im too stupid to understand a youtube clip.

    吳子琪

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    ♋❒♏ ♐ ⧫♒♏ ❍♋■ ♓■ ♒♋■♎

    Luis Torres

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    What about W.D. Gaster

    Red Blue

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Oh dear, we all know what the comment sections going to be like. xD

    ElDogeCosmico 2

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    ???❓??✋ made my own wing dings. it means. BEWARE OF THE MAN WHO SPEARS IN HANDS

    TheOldestBro

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Wingdings nyc hilarious

    Flutter Pony Flutter Pony

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Could someone PLEASE make a website where anyone can take any font that they have downloaded on their pc and type in those fonts on that website. I, as i'm sure many others would like to be able to input a text and have it be converted to the font that they have downloaded. PEOPLE MUST BE ABLE TO COPY AND PASTE THE CONVERTED TEXT TO OTHER WEBSITES ON THE INTERNET. Personally I would like to be able to do that on the very popular internet game "Agar.io."

    ⚛ U Wot M8 ⚛

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Bush did ✈ ▌▌

    TheSUPERVANQUISH

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    ahhhhhhhhh! Wingdings still does that what this video said was an anti-semettic remark about Jews. NYC in Wingdings that is………and in Webdings NYC is an eye a heart and a few buildings……
    i like making my own font and it is really easy to do using paintshop pro and corel draw home n student. i can turn any black and white image into a font. black and white image , or stencil. its easy to do. i made a couple tutorials on how that are on my channel.

    TheSUPERVANQUISH

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Wingdings and Webdings are cool but you need a map to use them right.

    SpicyHam

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    hm an set of religious symbolism
    for the purpose of

    can be other mention here forthe

    I am (Cray)

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Maybe I missed the important part, but I still dont understand what purpose it is supposed to serve :p

    James Ross

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    We have Steve Jobs to thanks for multiple fonts on computers. He did a calligraphy class in college and when he started Apple, he thought multiple fonts on a computer would be a good idea.

    25HGbda8cQYrY33q p7CqWF9Eevpuk5Y9

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Wingdings is used for clip art or can be used as a form of passing secret messages to other people by just changing the font.

    rickysmyth

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    When I was little I thought this was a language because not all languages use the latin alphabet

    Theleilei162

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    It's for Gaster to communicate with us.

    Shadowfang

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    If I get to 100 likes, I'll buy 3 bags of cookies at Albertsons's.

    BINARYGOD

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Still not sure WHY it stuck around past the point it was useful, even I know the logistics of HOW.

    Waffle Cutter

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Gaster

    Neo-Nuclearcrazed Valeniret

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Insert Undertale based comment because we are currently mentioning a font that was used by one of character

    Eve Sparkle

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Undertale trash, I'm waiting for your shitty fandom to crop up here. Chop, chop,lets make some gaster jokes, aight?

    Waterworks Studio

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Ok, but why do webdings exist?

    Roy Bellafire

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Beware of the man who speaks in hands

    Mr. Gecko the Salamander

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Shouts "Q33 NYC USA!"
    Grabs popcorn

    Ahmad Dafi Ramadhany

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    Wing a ding a ling

    bigot

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    fuck emojis tho

    Ripjawismad

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    W.D. Gaster?

    Devils Advocate

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    So is Webdings the internet version of Wingdings?

    mf' top madam Jimin

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    what is undertale?

    Thomas Rye

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    My grandpa is the guy sitting next to Herman Zapf in that Hallmark clip! :D

    ????

    Wingding

    (March 24, 2016 - 5:27 pm)

    I love wingding!

    Email Spike Upsell

    (March 25, 2016 - 7:03 am)

    Once a enterprise continuity plan exists it must be maintained aand tested commonly.

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