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Sweater 'bats: A Dingbat Font
I recently bought the Fontself Maker extension for Illustrator. For my first project, I created a set of dingbats based on hockey sweaters (aka jerseys). I began with a hypothesis that due to their unique stripe and color-block patterns, hockey sweaters would remain recognizable, even rendered in a single color, without team logos or other graphics.

· Idiosyncratic, highly subjective selection of past and present hockey sweater designs
· 52 unique icons – 26 uppercase/26 lowercase corresponding to Home/Road designs
· Scoreboard-style numerals, 0–9
How many can you identify? Ice photo by Logan Weaver on Unsplash.
Process. After creating the entire character set using a halftone dot pattern, I discovered that Fontself sets a maximum anchor-point-per-glyph number of 1000. With so many tiny dots, a handful of the jerseys were well over the limit. Back to the drawing board!
"But what can you do with it?" How should I know? Do you ask the guy who assembles your car where you should go for a drive? A few ideas …
Color effects created by layering
Moiré patterns created by using Repeat: Radial and adjusting blend modes
A stick tap for the NHL Uniform Database. I couldn't have completed this project without it.

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Sweater 'bats: A Dingbat Font
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Sweater 'bats: A Dingbat Font

Using the Fontself Maker extension and Illustrator, I created a set of dingbats based on hockey sweaters (aka jerseys).
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