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Motivation behind icons

The answer to the question why I launched designing my own icons is very easy. I simply needed them. You may argue that there are many similar packages of icons, so there is no need to design new ones. I must admit I had not been able to choose from any of the packages of symbols and pictograms which are available on the internet since they did not fit my requirements.

Where do I look for inspiration?

My main source of inspiration is and always will be a great and timeless collection of AIGA pictograms as well as thousands of other great symbols created by Apple which are a part of Mac OS X as a system fonts.

It seems almost impossible to overcome the symbols created by AIGA or Apple. However, I would like to follow up on their work and create a more modern and constantly evolving package of symbols which will have wide range of applications not only on monitor screen.



Sample of re-design of some Aiga symbols

There are 3 main reasons which have led me to design GLYPHICONS.

Modern design

Most of the monochromatic icons which may be found on the internetare derived from outdated symbols and pictograms which are good quality and well-known all over the world, but they do not represent the current design of the items any more.


When I finally found the icons which would meet my requirements, it was not often possible to use them all since they did not dovetail. Therefore it was necessary to combine more resources which was both time and financially demanding process.

Easy print


Sample of re-design of some Apple symbols

My working responsibilities also include a preparation of prints of all kinds, so a resource of a good quality symbols which may be colored, combined, magnified, etc. by just one click is absolutely crucial for me. Vectors have mostly been wrongly synthesized, in unamed layers, etc.

The result

There was just one solution – I had to design my own set of symbols which would respect established symbols, but at the same time it would have a brand new and vivid look.

GLYPHICONS contain all basic symbols for everyday work which includes graphic layouts of websites, mobile or web applications, creating of wireframes and for prints as well.

The biggest benefit of GLYPHICONS is perfectly prepared data, modern look and easy usability for graphics of all kinds.

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GLYPHICONS is a library of precisely prepared monochromatic icons and symbols, created with an emphasis on simplicity and easy orientation.


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  • Royalty-free license




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*Free for both personal and commercial use.

Not only for Apple developers

Icons are also perfect for websites, web applications, infographics, wireframes creation and are suitable for printing!


Hello, my name is Jan Kovařík and I am a freelance graphic and web designer. I create websites and graphics for people from all over the world. I really like my job!

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