Back in June, we covered the announcement of Symbolset by Oak (makers of Tattly, Dropmark, and Quarterly). Symbolset is what you get when text and icons are combined. It’s a semantic symbol font that transforms text into icons as you type. It works in modern browsers through OpenType, and automatically degrades back to text for old browser compatibility. Today, they announce their newest set, Symbolicons.
Designed by Jory Raphael, “symbolicons are simple, precise, and awesome. They have a consistent visual weight, cover an expanse of imagery, and will make your designs sing.” The new set comes in two styles, block and lined, both priced at $50 (or $80 for the bundle). They consist of over 440 symbols and 770 keywords.
SS can be used anywhere icons are useful, which is basically everywhere nowadays. Because the icons are rendered as ‘text,’ updating their color is a breeze, which makes for easy use in websites, web apps, and mobile/tablet development. Also, all icons have an equal height and width, so swapping them out is no longer a daunting task (spacing and all).
According to Oak, Symbolicons is the first set designed by someone outside the team. However, with plans to release more sets in the coming months, they’re looking for other skilled iconographers to join in the fun as featured designers. If you’re such a designer, get in touch with them.
So go check out Symbolicons, but don’t forget about the two other sets: Standard (160 glyphs) and Social (52 glyphs). Also, browse their blog for handy tips and tricks on using the three sets in real-world settings.