Rather than keeping to in-house icon sets, Symbolset has gone on to publish SS Symbolicons from Sensible World and most recently SS Pika from Dutch Icon, making them a legitimate webfont icon foundry.
The site itself employs Michael Abbink’s FF Kievit eloquently throughout, pairing robust weights at copy size with lighter text at larger sizes. The wordmark is in Kievit as well, with a ‘y’ based off of a rotated ‘h’.
Indeed, these guys are leading the pack of symbol webfonts. Question, though: what are they using for the letters in the fonts? Is that simply Helvetica?
Stephen, I believe Helvetica is the fallback. There are no glyphs in the basic alphabet positions, so those are set in the fallback font specified by the CSS.
The font has A-Z in upper and lower case, in what looks to be Helvetica, but fallbacks are set to Helvetica etc. as well, displaying words rather than glyphs.
Thanks guys, appreciate the feedback! The fallback letters in the font are custom drawn by us, loosely based on Helvetica. We paid specific attention to minimize the amount of points in order to reduce file size as much as possible, with a slimmed down basic latin range covering only what our keywords need.
Letters are included for a few reasons: 1. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to see what you are typing when using in desktop applications; and 2. For old browsers or devices that do not support OpenType, you have an option to fall back to plain text.
Now that we have a launched a few sets, our plan is to go back and develop a more original typeface for fallback. While the letters are not really meant to be visible, we can’t help ourselves :)
I think they changed from Kievit to Omnes Pro. Anyway, love them both!
Photo(s) by Stephen Coles on Flickr.
Contributed by Stephen Coles