OpenStreetMap

Osmic (OSM Icons) 0.1

Posted by nebulon42 on 8 April 2015 in English (English)

I'm happy to announce the availability of the first release 0.1 of Osmic (OSM Icons). Osmic is a collection of 100+ clean high quality SVG icons optimised for small sizes. The icons are licensed under Public Domain (or CC0).

Icon Preview

Have a look at the Github repository: https://github.com/nebulon42/osmic

Over the last few months many of the available icons already found their way into the standard OSM map style leading to a crisper display of POIs. Thank you to all the people at osm-carto who helped in this process. Thank you for critique, discussion, ideas and improvement suggestions.

Credit goes also to those who inspired these icons, most notably Mapbox' Maki, twain47's Open-SVG-Map-Icons and HOT's Maki extension called Nori.

How are these icons different from Maki?

Not so much. Maki became the main source of inspiration during this work, because they did a very good job in creating a clean and legible icon set. Osmic might be a bit closer to the needs of osm.org. On the other hand, Maki features icons in three different sizes, which is still a bit out of scope for Osmic but might become necessary later.

How are these icons different from twain47's icons?

twain47 created one of the most complete and extensive icon sets for OSM and he did a great job. Osmic was created to address a few shortcomings regarding rendering icons at small sizes. This included reducing icon complexity and detail, not using different fill colours and aligning icons to the pixel grid. All of that should lead to a less blurry rendering at small sizes.

Comment from stephan75 on 9 April 2015 at 05:30

Hello nebulon,

what about a mention about your icon set in the OSM wiki at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Map_Icons ?

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Comment from glibbertorsten on 9 April 2015 at 06:25

Very clean, modern and neccessary icons! Like them very much!

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Comment from nebulon42 on 9 April 2015 at 09:17

Thanks!

stephan75: I have added the link to the page.

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Comment from Mateusz Konieczny on 11 April 2015 at 09:57

Thanks for your icon set!

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Comment from RastaGropoulos on 21 April 2015 at 12:01

Is it planned to provide this set in an icon-font ? Or integrate them in Fontello (in order to choose from this set to compose our font for each project) ?

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Comment from nebulon42 on 21 April 2015 at 13:28

@RastaGropoulos: I have not considered that yet, but I used icon fonts like Font Awesome myself on a regular basis so I know how useful they are. I have set up a GitHub issue to track that: https://github.com/nebulon42/osmic/issues/23. Feel free to add any info/insights you might have.

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Comment from nebulon42 on 10 May 2015 at 09:28

Osmic is now also available as icon font. See https://github.com/nebulon42/osmic/tree/master/font.

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Comment from RastaGropoulos on 10 May 2015 at 10:20

Thank you for that font. I will test that on a next project. :)

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Comment from RastaGropoulos on 10 May 2015 at 10:30

I made a wish-issue on Fontello, requesting to integrate it : https://github.com/fontello/fontello/issues/406

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