Icon-creating guru Jory Raphael introduces us to the world of Symbolicons Pro
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 ( notabli.com). 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.