Icons 0.4

November 27th, 2008

Another release of the custom icon set I’ve been working on (and off).


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New icons in the 0.4 release:

  • Cinema: Classic film-strip image. I’m not sure if the detail is too small to see at this scale, but I tried doing a film reel and that was way too detailed.
  • Theatre: Comedy and tragedy, but its very small. I don’t know if its possible to make it out.
  • Generic place of worship: For all the other religions that I don’t have icons for yet, and where the tagging on the map is non-specific. Based on a sign I saw at Heathrow for a non-denominational “prayer chapel”.
  • Museum: Again, this is a pretty standard icon for museums.
  • Port: This completes the major modes of transport; land, sea and air. For consistency they’re all shown front-on except the aeroplane, which is much more recognisable in plan view.

Improved icons, based on suggestions from Gregory:

  • Post box: I’ve rotated the envelope to be more vertical, so it should be easier to recognise.
  • Taxi: Made the sign on the top of the taxi bigger.

The next things on the todo list; crane (Michal’s suggestion), fuel, bank, monument, zoo and many more…

Hope you enjoy the new icons. Please leave feedback and I’ll make them even better :-)

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6 Comments

  • 1. Michal Migurski  |  November 27th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    They’re looking great!

    Can I request an icon for a university? Not fully sure what it would be… I’ve seen iconic representations similar to the museum one you’ve used above.

  • 2. Matt  |  November 28th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Thanks :-)

    The museum icon looks a lot like the UCL logo http://ucl.ac.uk/ but I think this is just the shared architectural heritage of museums and universities.

    How would a mortar board http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortarboard do? They’re not actually commonly used in the UK, but there are enough cultural references that it’d be recognised and understood. How about the rest of the world? Would it be recognised in the US and the rest of europe?

  • 3. maning  |  November 28th, 2008 at 2:40 am

    This is so cool. Can I get an svg file and add them to my QGIS point symbols?

  • 4. Dave  |  November 28th, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I spent a while trying to figure out which religion 1+2=3 represented.

    I thought grey was supposed to be “Religious points-of-interest”?
    It gets a little confusing :-)

  • 5. Andy Allan  |  November 28th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I’d argue cycling was more majorerer than shipping…

  • 6. Michal Migurski  |  December 1st, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Dave: scholasticism, clearly.

    I still think the box-with-flag icon I’ve been using here is a better way to identify schools: http://teczno.com/openstreetmap/ (zoom in two steps)

    Matt, I think a mortarboard would be perfect. I did some checking around with other providers of map iconography, and found a few mortarboards so the precedent is definitely out there.


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