After endless suplications from the design community Daniel Bruce finally finished his update of the Entypo Glyph Set — a free set of universal 284 carefully crafted pictograms for regular design projects. The icons are available as EPS, PDF and Photoshop PSD files as well as desktop typefaces (TrueType, OpenType) and Web fonts.
Download The Set For Free!
This set contains a large collection of glyphs for all occasions and uses — common pictograms that shouldn’t be missing in anybody’s arsenal. Each glyph was drawn and optimized to make sure that it fits the overall style of the suite. Overall, the set contains 284 pictograms. You can use this glyph set freely for commercial and personal projects.
The freebie is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. You are free to distribute, transform, fiddle with and build them into your work, even commercially. However, please always credit the original designer of the set (in this case, Daniel Bruce). The Social Extension glyphs are subject to the trademark and copyright laws of their respective companies.
- large preview (.jpg)
- large preview of social glyphs (.jpg)
- download the whole set for free (.zip, 10.3 Mb)
Behind The Design
As always, here are some insights from the designer:
“The first Version was released in February 2012 and had around 120 glyphs. Actually, the only reason why I designed it was that I myself needed a well-designed pictogram suite for my own projects. I also wanted a suite with a more illustrated style than the ones available out there. So I started with the 20-30 glyphs that I needed at the time — ending up with 120 glyphs. And since I already had done the work, it was an obvious choice to release them free to the Web design community we all are a part of. Let’s say it was my chance to give something back.
So now — 7 months and 83.000 downloads later — it was time for an update. During that time, many people asked for new glyphs that they felt should be a part of the suite. This, together with my own ever-expanding need for pictograms, has led to Entypo 2 with over 280 glyphs.
The update has brought:
When selecting what social media services should go into the Entypo Social, it was important for me to include services from non-Western societies as well. That’s why Entypo is the first suite where you can find pictograms for QQ, Renren, Sina Weibo, Mixi and VK. And true to the phrase “carefully crafted” I haven’t just copy-pasted the logos of all services into the suite. I have actually redrawn most of them so they are optimized for a size of 20x20 pix at 72 dpi.
- Over 150 new glyphs
- Improved design of many of the old icons
- A new social media extension
- Improved hinting
The hardest pictogram to draw was strangely enough the key glyph. It sounds pretty straightforward, but getting the perfect shape of a modern key that would go well with the rest of the suite took me quite some time.
My favorite pictogram is the trash can. It has a very distinct look to it and sets it apart from all other icon fonts. The trash can is also one of those pictograms that have depth. You might notice that Entypo is a mix of flat glyphs and ones with a bit of perspective.
— Daniel Bruce
Further Reading on SmashingMag:
- How I Got 4x Better Organized – Tips For Web Designers
- Content: A Blessing, A Bubble, A Burden
- Designer Myopia: How To Stop Designing For Ourselves
- Designing For The Reading Experience