Pre-release: PICOL-Icons

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Finally I finished all PICOL-Icons in 32×32 Pixel. It took quite a long time, because of the total number of 517 icons. All icons had to be cleaned up, due to anti-aliasing problems, that occured at the conversion from vector to pixel files. Thanks to Barbara, who helped me cleaning the icons.
After I´ve finished some stuff I´ve to do right now, I´ll continue with the 16×16 Pixel version of the icons.

Download the PICOL-PRE-RELEASE
Please don´t post a link to this file. Instead you can make a link back to blog.picol.org/downloads/icons or picol.org

Feel free to use the icons!

And thanks to all the people, who posted “History of the Internet” on their blogs. I was really surprised and happy about, how fast the movie spread.

48 Responses to “Pre-release: PICOL-Icons”

  1. Internetts historie Says:

    [...] merke til at alle ikonene i filmen er fra picol.org, som du fritt kan laste ned og bruke til egne [...]

  2. Tom Says:

    Hi!

    Nice work with the icons, but why is it not possible to download a vector version of the icons as well?

    Regards,

    Tom

  3. Daniel Smith Says:

    Nice set. There are definitely some good ideas here.

    Just a note on a typo. Icon “list_nubered_32.png” should be “list_numbered_32.png”. Thought you’d want to know.

  4. Daniel Smith Says:

    Icons I especially like…
    * Application
    * Avatar
    * Battery Plugged
    * Fullscreen
    * Mashup
    * Network
    * Network Wireless
    * Server
    * Social Network
    * Source Code
    * Synchronize
    * Text

    …A few questions…

    * Cut, Copy, and Paste are interesting. When seen together I think they make sense, but where is Delete? It’s missing and is very much a part of the family. Cancel already uses the traditional capital “X”.

    * After a previous conversation about the Internet being a cloud I was surprised to see the icon chosen for the Internet. It works, but I like the cloud idea better. Perhaps place the existing icon inside a cloud?

    * I expected your Strikethrough to be a capital “S” not a capital “A”. This seems to follow the Bold and Italic pattern. It seems strange to see it that way. Why not strike through an “S”?

    * Refresh is good, but either lose the circle at the bottom or replace it with a blank page. It’s usually a document of some kind that needs refreshing – a web page or file contents. Less commonly, I refresh folders but you don’t want to make two refresh icons, do you? How about a circular arrow with an eye below? Or, again, just the circular arrow?

    * Where are the diagonal resize icons? These are common and should be included?

    …and the bottom line for me.

    I like your work. It definitely shows a lot of effort and you should be proud. I would use some of your icons in projects and can already imagine myself doing so, but then there are some I would not use. They seem too unclear, so perhaps that’s an opportunity to get feedback and review some of your choices. Again, you’ve definitely started something and your work speaks for itself.

    I especially like how you managed to incorporate the first letter or first sound of the English name for a concept in several of your icons. I realize that wasn’t the goal and actually might even run counter toward your goal, but it’s a nice little something extra to me. The N in the Network and Internet Icons, the S in Synchronize, etc. I really like that and it shows a lot of thought in your work.

  5. rid Says:

    cool icons. will make sure to use some of these in the future.

  6. Pierrot Péladeau Says:

    Impressive work. Inspiring also.

    One question : with what software did you produce your History of the Internet video ?

  7. admin Says:

    @Daniel: Thank you very much for favs and your hint. I´ll fix the wrong name.

    1. For deleting you can use cancel (like you mentioned it) or the trash bin, but you´re right a good one is missing. The icons-set is not complete and will be extentend and developed.

    2. Internet: Technically it don´t works at this small size. I don´t like the idea of the cloud and think after you learned and established the internet icon it is much more powerfull, than the fuzzy cloud. And it has semantic relations to the network icon. Let´s see maybe we find a better way. I´ll write a post about it soon.

    3. Strikethrough: You´re absolutely right. That´s why I like comment :)

    4. Refresh: You say it. We refresh all kinds of stuff. The point symbolizes “all kinds of stuff” and if you refresh something, you load this document, website or whatever again. So I think this is good.

    5. Size: First things first ;) But I´ll work on this as soon as possible. I can´t work on PICOL every day, but on my free time I will continiue to push it a bit forward.

    …thanks a lot for your suggestions and your feedback.

  8. admin Says:

    @Pierrot: C4D and AfterEffects

  9. admin Says:

    @Tom: I´m working on the vector versions. There are some issues with the layer names and the size of the transparent background layer.

  10. 56minus1 :: » Blog Archive » history of the internet :: Says:

    [...] is told using the PICOL icons on picol.org. You can download a pre-release of all picol icons here.  You can see the credits for this movie on here. For more work done by PICOL, click here or here. [...]

  11. Sejarah Internet | Musikator TV Says:

    [...] Animasi sejarah internet, menggunakan icon-icon dari projek open source Picol. [...]

  12. Dan Brickley Says:

    Very nice! Do you plan to make a vector format (eg. SVG) available?

  13. dedass Says:

    perfect!

    but, would love a vector set.
    fingers crossed the wait is not too long.

    thanks,
    jon

  14. History of the Internet » Jonny Haynes Says:

    [...] The history is told using the PICOL icons on http://www.picol.org. You can already download a pre-release of all picol icons on blog.picol.org/pre-release-picol-icons [...]

  15. Rikard Says:

    Dear all,

    Found out about the icons through the brilliant video “History of the Internet”. I love the simplicity of the icons. Perhaps you have been influenced by Edward Tufte?

    If i could be so bold, as to ask for some icons that i would like to see:

    * Router
    * Switch
    * (Hub)

    Kind regards.
    Rikard

  16. Luis V. Aguila Says:

    I love this project! You have illustrated some of the concepts particularly well (I especially like Cut/Copy/Paste). I’d love it if there was a “Help” icon that *wasn’t* a Question mark but I’ve racked my brain on that one and can never quite come up with a good alternative. Keep up the great work!

  17. Pedro Viana Says:

    Thank you for the good work!
    I found this through the video which, by the way, is extremely clear and enlightening.
    I’ve been for a while searching for icons for general communication issues and until now PICOL was the best I could find.
    Keep up the good work and thanks again for sharing it!

  18. spankelias Says:

    your /history of the internet/ is brilliant in its animation and style… i shared the link to friends i.

    your icons/infographics are wonderful in its simplicity and very effective in conveying the message…

  19. David Kunkel Says:

    Hi,

    Nice icons. Please note, on your icon gallery page, the word that pops up when your mouse hovers over the “download” icon is misspelled as “dowload”. Please correct this typo.

  20. David Kunkel Says:

    Luis V. Aguila requested a “help” icon other than the question mark. May I suggest an icon resembling a ship’s lifesaver ring? Two concentric rings with diagonal crossing stripes overlaying them in an “X” would symbolize that nicely.

  21. digisus Says:

    Hello!

    I just watched the video and visited the website. That is a great idea and project — thanks and congratulations!

  22. digisus Says:

    One more thing… You could push the wide spreading of the icon set greatly by providing an SVG version of the icons. This way, free/open source programs like Dia can use them a shape libraries. See http://projects.gnome.org/dia/ for details about the program. — Thanks for considering!

  23. Dedwarmo Says:

    I second that idea. SVG file format would be terrific. Inkscape is a free cross-platform program for vector file creation. See inkscape.org

  24. Web:Mojo - Pensando dentro da nuvem » A História da Internet ilustrada Says:

    [...] A coleção de ícones pode ser encontrada no site do projeto para download gratuito. [...]

  25. Icons für DAIA und andere Bibliotheksanwendungen « Jakoblog — Das Weblog von Jakob Voß Says:

    [...] kombinierbaren Icons Piktogrammen, die unter Anderem im Film verwendet wird. Die Piktogramme stehen in einer Vorabversion unter der Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License zur Verfügung und [...]

  26. Zangolin.com » About time! The history of the Internet Says:

    [...] can already download a pre-release of all picol icons on blog.picol.org/pre-release-picol-icons History of the Internet from PICOL on [...]

  27. Abhishek Kumar Says:

    The concept of picol is great.. but it would be better if different flavours of the iconset are available depending on their “flowery” nature.

    The icons in their present format seem adequate, but very unattractive to use by an accustomed graphics designer (opinions may vary on this). I would prefer it if several versions of each icon are available to suit different flavours, both in greyscale and color.

  28. admin Says:

    The coice of the color is up to the user of this icons.
    That´s why their open to alter.

  29. History of the Internet - ProvCity Says:

    [...] “History of the Internet” is an animated documentary explaining the inventions from time-sharing to filesharing, from Arpanet to Internet. The history is told using the PICOL icons on picol.org. You can already download a pre-release of all picol icons on blog.picol.org/pre-release-picol-icons [...]

  30. Googleworld.com.br - Seu novo Mundo> » Blog Archive » História da Internet Says:

    [...] “History of the Internet” is an animated documentary explaining the inventions from time-sharing to filesharing, from Arpanet to Internet. The history is told using the PICOL icons on picol.org. You can already download a pre-release of all picol icons on blog.picol.org/pre-release-picol-icons [...]

  31. The History of Internet | www.chepko.de Says:

    [...] the PICOL icons on http://www.picol.org. You can already download a pre-release of all picol icons on http://blog.picol.org/pre-release-picol-icons You can see the credits and more information on this movie on [...]

  32. History of the Internet « bamaru.com Says:

    [...] Geschichte des Internets erzählt mit PICOL-Icons. Wirklich informativ, aber vor allem: Sehr [...]

  33. Bla Says:

    I did some research on the unzipping problem with your icon-archives on my Mac with Leopard 10.5.6:
    - unzipping the whole pre-Release-Library works well with build-in unzipping
    - there’s a free (and better) alternative unzipping tool called “The Unarchiver” http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html , no need to use the nagging St*ffit
    - the particular icon-archives result in strange filedates, depending on the used unzip-tool (1970, 1979) so maybe the archives have no dates stored or what ever

    And besides: Your icons are great.

  34. cwest Says:

    I’m also looking forward to the svg-release. Good work!

  35. admin Says:

    Thanks for your tips with SVGs. They are already planed. PNG, SVG and EPS.

  36. History of the Internet | 视频 | 深沉的博客 Says:

    [...] The history is told using the PICOL icons on picol.org. You can already download a pre-release of all picol icons on blog.picol.org/pre-release-picol-icons [...]

  37. History of the internet « the world of ollie palmer Says:

    [...] you like this, check out the Creative Commons-licensed icons the author has been slaving away [...]

  38. Diplomarbeit: CI» Blogarchiv » Herzlichen Glückwunsch Melih Says:

    [...] Diplomtheorie zusammen gesucht habe, konnte ich es nicht lassen die Lebenszeit die Melih mit seiner Diplomarbeit und besonders dem Clip History of the Internet eingespielt hat. Vimeo: 288000 Youtube: 1415000 [...]

  39. Groonk.Net:Frak » The “History of the Internet” has been Simplified. Animated for Win. Says:

    [...] PICOL(Pictoral Communication Language) provided the icons used in this documentary. It looks as if the video is a demonstration on finding a “standard and reduced sign system for electronic communication.” [...]

  40. admin Says:

    @BLA:
    Sorry for the delay of the answer & thanks for Unarchiver. I will replace the link in the next days. But actually the bug on the picol site has to be fixed :|

  41. A história da Internet em 8 minutos- Digital Happenings Interactive Says:

    [...] The history is told using the PICOL icons on picol.org. You can already download a pre-release of all picol icons on blog.picol.org/pre-release-picol-icons [...]

  42. History of the Internet | 视频 | For Esmé Says:

    [...] History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.”History of the Internet” is an animated documentary explaining the inventions from time-sharing to filesharing, from Arpanet to Internet.The history is told using the PICOL icons on picol.org. You can already download a pre-release of all picol icons on blog.picol.org/pre-release-picol-icons [...]

  43. diseño paginas web Says:

    perfect!

    but, would love a vector set.
    fingers crossed the wait is not too long.

    thanks,

  44. PICOL Admin Says:

    You can download the vector set here http://www.picol.org/downloads/prerelease/picol_prerelease_svg_090316.zip

    it´s not too long :)

  45. alquiler departamentos miami Says:

    The concept of picol is great.. but it would be better if different flavours of the iconset are available depending on their “flowery” nature.

    The icons in their present format seem adequate, but very unattractive to use by an accustomed graphics designer (opinions may vary on this). I would prefer it if several versions of each icon are available to suit different flavours, both in greyscale and color.

  46. PICOL Admin Says:

    Thanks. But that´s the point. No one can ever match everyone´s taste. That´s exactely the point of PICOL and why the icons are just black, very reduced and raw. The CC license and SVG vector files allows you to modify the icons. Already thought about an Online Color Generator — but that is beyond my skills and time :)

  47. paisajismo Says:

    Impressive work and very inspiring. Great icons also!

  48. PICOL Admin Says:

    Thanks!



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