Icon-cre­at­ing guru Jory Raphael in­tro­duces us to the world of Sym­bol­i­cons Pro

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Jory Raphael on his new Kick­starter cam­paign, Sym­bol­i­cons Pro

Tell us a lit­tle bit about Sym­bol­i­cons Pro. Sym­bol­i­cons Pro is a new icon fam­ily I’m cre­at­ing! The goal is to make over 2,000 icons neatly or­gan­ised into cat­e­gories for easy search­ing and dis­cov­ery. The icons them­selves are built on a 24px grid and bal­ance ver­sa­til­ity with friend­li­ness. What’s the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind this idea? I love de­sign­ing icons, and have been do­ing so for a decade now. But I haven’t re­leased a new set in years, and re­alised that some of my past en­deav­ours were grow­ing a bit long in the tooth. My first icons were de­signed be­fore iPhone apps were com­mon­place! Who is Sym­bol­i­cons Pro aimed at, and how will it help them? The pri­mary au­di­ence is designers and de­vel­op­ers look­ing to add some con­sis­tency to icons in their projects, but Sym­bol­i­cons Pro will also work great for any­one who sees value in sym­bols. I’ve seen my icons used on web­sites and apps, posters, sig­nage and even carved into glass. Why did you choose to fundraise the project? As a free­lancer, find­ing time to work on new self­ini­ti­ated projects is al­ways tough. I de­cided to launch the Kick­starter to both gauge in­ter­est in Sym­bol­i­cons Pro, and if suc­cess­ful, to give me the ded­i­cated time needed to cre­ate over 2,000 icons. What sort of feed­back have you had so far? The feed­back has been out­stand­ing! I’m blown away by how re­cep­tive the com­mu­nity has been. The project was fully funded within 48 hours, and is cur­rently inch­ing to­wards the stretch goal which will add an en­tirely new out­line style to Sym­bol­i­cons Pro. What dif­fi­cul­ties do you ex­pect to face? In a way, the eas­i­est part of the project will be de­sign­ing all of the icons. I’m ex­cited to dive head­first into them! The big­gest hur­dle, as I cur­rently see it, is manag­ing the work­flow of nam­ing, ex­port­ing and tag­ging all of the icons. Tell us a bit about your work back­ground… I run my own de­sign stu­dio, Sen­si­ble World, and am also the co-founder of Notabli ( My ca­reer has been fairly di­verse, but the cre­ation of Sym­bol­i­cons was def­i­nitely one of the most defining mo­ments, and has di­rectly led to op­por­tu­ni­ties with Ap­ple, Adobe and Sesame Street, to name a few. I’m thrilled to have the chance to re­visit them.

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