Iconic 1.5.0 Released

By
P.J. Onori

Iconic Version 1.5.0

Iconic 1.5.0 is out and with it comes a bunch of fixes, icon font cheat sheets and (of course) new icons. This release seems relatively minor at the surface, but signifies a ton of work for us. Enjoy the fruits of our labor and download it now!

What’s new in 1.5.0

Five new icons

Iconic 1.5.0 new icons

We’re working to prioritize new icons based on your feedback as well as fill in gaps in the collection. This release’s introduces the Connections, Hammer, Peace, Scissors and the often-requested Server icons.

If you are dying for a specific icon to be added to the set, let us know.

Icon font cheatsheets

We know a lot of you use our icon font. While we highly suggest you use icon fonts as a backup for browsers that don't support SVG, we want to make using the font as straightforward as possible. So we've added cheatsheets to the 1.5.0 download for our vanilla icon font as well as our versions for Bootstrap and Foundation.

Bug fixes

We’ve fixed the three outstanding issues (we are aware of) with Iconic.

  • We forgot to add the iconic-property-accent class to the icons added in the 1.4.0 release. Those icons are good to go now.
  • The small version of the Arrow Thick icon had some rendering issues with certain arrowheads.
  • When installing our fonts on Windows, the font name would show up as Untitled.

A result of better tooling

In our last update, we mentioned that our future efforts would be focused on polishing up our toolkit so that we could start releasing pieces of it. So it may seem strange that this update seems to have nothing to do with the actual toolkit. Funny enough, this update has been slipped in because of the dramatic improvements we've made to our tooling.

It's an understatement to say that our automation stack is complex. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the most complicated icon tool chain around. A lot needs to happen to our icons to go from an Illustrator-exported SVG to all the different versions and formats they come out as. Much of it is needed, some of it is a by product of the inevitable learn-as-you-go and make-it-good-enough-for-now approaches. We've begun the process to untangle this web and it has made the time to deploy a release multitudes faster. So we both win in our process to get code ready for release.

It seemed fitting to use this increased efficiency to roll out 1.5.0. The effort to improve the toolkit will also allow us to focus on more ambitious parts of the project (which is always fun). It will also allow us to release more frequently since we can spend more time making icons and less time fighting our tools. We don't yet have a date for when you'll begin seeing pieces rolled out, but this release symbolizes the considerable progress being made behind the scenes.

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