Hermetica is a comphrensive library of esoteric symbols, lovingly crafted for design enthusiasts.
I started this project in 2012 when I couldn't find a set of both astrological and astronomical symbols that matched a flyer typeset entirely in Helvetica, or one another. So I started to draw symbols, and it ballooned into a massive project of now over 750 symbols in categories ranging from Alchemy and Astrology to Norse, Slavic, Celtic, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian Mythology, to Cults and Hobo Code.
The current version, without the webfont format, is available for purchase on my website.
Stage 1: Hermetica
I've already finished the entire set in the dark weight, and all that's left is to finish making it into a webfont.
Stage 2: Hermetica Light
Next I will produce the 'light' weight, a hairline version of all 750+ symbols in the 'dark' weight.
Stage 3: PostersI will design a poster as a reward (see below), as well as 25 custom posters as a more expensive reward.
and... T-shirts! XS,S,M,L,XL. Screen printed on American Apparel tees. Available in white or black.
and the Hermetica screen-printed canvas tote bag!
Stage 4: (Stretch Goal: $10,000)
If I raise more than $10,000 I will research and produce an oversize coffee table book that you can buy.
Why are you making this?
Before I made Hermetica, I couldn't find a single complete, cohesive set of symbols to use for my projects. Other symbol resources were an ugly hodge podge of different styles and qualities, scattered across many different sources. What's more, sources often disagreed on the name and design, and no one offered these symbols as vector artwork.
"There ought to be a 'Helvetica' of Symbols", I thought - standardized, simple, beautiful - and vectorized. And so over the course of a few years I devoted myself to researching and designing these 750 beautiful symbols to share with you - graphic designers, artists, tattoo artists, fashion designers, ceremonial magicians, activists, and aesthetes and symbol-lovers of all kinds.
What about symbols of Hate?
This was an ethical question I asked myself while creating Hermetica. I decided to keep a select few symbols that have come to be associated with hate groups, because the symbols can also be useful to people who are using them to fight hate groups. For example, an anti-fascist group has just as much need for a Nazi swastika as does a neo-fascist. And in some cases, symbols with a long cultural tradition and different meaning in another culture were later appropriated by hate groups.
Why didn't you include __________?
I tried to be as comprehensive as possible, but after working on this for years, I needed to draw a line (no pun intended) and just finish it. In the future I would like to add more American Indian/Mesoamerican, African, and Indigenous Australian symbols.
I also found that a lot of these symbols don't lend themselves to the "Helveticization" that I employed in creating the other, mostly 'western' symbols.
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
I've already completed the first stage, and I'm on my way with the second. I've laid out many books before, so the third stage will not at all be difficult for me. I don't anticipate any challenges. The hard work of collecting and researching all of these symbols is done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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