An Automattic 20% project of mine just graduated. Genericons is an icon font with emphasis on blogging. It’s GPL, so you can bundle it with WordPress themes. What makes Genericons special is that, like its inspiration: Githubs Octicons, the font was designed with a precise pixel grid in mind. That means if the icons are shown at appropriate font sizes (in this case, 16px, 32px, and similar multiples), the icons will render perfectly crisply. Thanks to Sheri and Takashi for contributions.
So I made a replacement. Here’s before and after:
Please use it, and I’ll love your software even more.
[Update]: A beta version of 1Password finally has an improved icon:
Android and iOS devices have exploded in app usage over the last few years. Both of these operating systems bring app icons front and center. Large finger-friendly icons invite us to start a phone call, play a game or jot down a note. It’s all very polished and pretty.
Well it’s not all polished and pretty. Some apps, while they may be superbly built and infinitely useful, their icons aren’t very pretty. Perhaps the developers simply didn’t find the icon important, perhaps they lacked the resources to give an icon the attention it deserves. The result may be an app that doesn’t look as pretty as it is useful.
Here’s an idea: those of you who possess the time and skills to build a proper icon for your aesthetically orphaned but still favourite app — why not actually make that icon and offer it to the developer for free? In fact, why not have a central website, called “The Icons For Developers Program”, where designers can submit icon replacements to developers? Hell, why not let developers put out their own requests for icons? It should all be free in the name of pretty.
Has this already been done? Could it be useful, or would it simply fullfill a niche desire? Your thoughts are welcome.
[Update]: It’s not a happy little guy in a jumpsuit. It’s still a red, capital O. It’s just a tweaked O. Pity. (Thanks Alexander).
The free Silk icon set looks to be in the wild, I have seen it on more sites than I can count now. No wonder, the set is beautiful, and best of all completely free. My kudos to the author on a beautiful set, and bold move to make them free.
It’s hard to criticize a free meal that’s 99% delicous, unfair even, but there’s one tiny thing that bugs me. Although beautiful, the feed icon () lacks the bottom left dot that’s part of the now standardized feed icon. Does this bother anyone else? Does it even matter? Creative mandate, or style over usability?