I am currently in the process of adding the dingbats & stuff to my text typeface, and I am wondering what is important in publications and typesetting work. I see a couple of fonts having different subsets of these forms:
— Hoefler's Mercury
— Adobe's Source Serif Pro
— MvB's Verdigris
— Darden's Freight Text
I know that choosing the characters I will include here is a design decision, but I am contemplating the fuss in the concerned Unicode codepages and am quite wondering what an important subset is for publications, e.g. newpapers, dictionaries, math books and so forth; so in other words, what do you think is essentially useful in this area?
Secondly, I was wondering: should I make these symbols thicker in the Bold weight? Hoefler fonts seem to not do that which seems a reasonable thing to do, Source Serif Pro makes them thicker. Again, design decision I guess – I would like to know what you people usually do here.