Icons, T-shirts, Moderators, & FA.com
Icons & Expectations
Please keep in mind that this is the slowest part of designing the icon set. We're currently designing icons slower than we'll need to to make the May deadline, but this is intentional. Now is our chance to make sure we get the design system right for the entire set.
I've been hard at work defining the overall style for Font Awesome 5. This is by far the most time-consuming part designing icons. The process and can take several hours per icon -- designing individually, considering them as a group, tweaking, and all over again.
We're painstakingly considering every single point, curve, and angle carefully to make sure things fit together perfectly. And making sure they render pixel-perfect at the native 16px size. I'm extremely proud of how these are coming together.
Here's a preview of the latest icons I just checked in:
Important T-Shirt Update
Well, lookie there. Since we started our Kickstarter campaign, American Apparel has gone bankrupt-bankrupt (they've been bankrupt before but it never completely under). So this means our 2001 and 2102 shirt models cannot be found. We're extremely disappointed with this, but are sadly going to have to make some changes.
We've looked at comparable shirt blanks and have settled on the Bella Canvas 3001. These should be a similar quality of shirt and retain similar sizing to what folks were expecting with the American Apparel shirts.
Again, we're really sorry about this change, but there's not much we can do. To attempt to compensate, we're doubling the number of stickers that will be included with shirt orders. Instead of 2 4"x6" sticker sheets, T-shirt backers will be receiving a full 8.5"x11" sticker sheet. We hope this helps.
The Font Awesome Pro GitHub repo has been exploding with activity. Honestly, we're completely blown away with how many folks are in there making issues, fixing spelling errors, and making icon category suggestions!
If we're going to hit our May 2017 deadline, we're sadly not going to have as much time as we'd like to spend right now in the repo with you all. We could easily spend all day there every day!
So we're going to start looking for folks to become community moderators. How do you apply, you ask? It's simple. Just help other folks out in the repo and in the Kickstarter updates. We'll be looking for folks to take up the mantle in a more official manner. Stay tuned for more advice and specific ways to get involved. :)
We've been making some major changes under the covers at FontAwesome.com. We initially started by using our shared auth service that our other sites use (cdn.fontawesome.com and fortawesome.com). It's been running for months unattended but had a serious hiccup. This caused a few folks' accounts to go into confirmation limbo when the auth service went down, but this has been fixed. Everyone affected should have been notified. We decided to make this top priority, as it will simplify of our later work and make for a better experience overall. Also, shared authentication is really hard, no matter how experienced you are. :)
Now that we've fixed the issues with FA.com, we'll be finishing invoices for a few remaining Kickstarter backers and folks who ordered add-ons and pre-orders with BackerKit. We're really sorry for the delay, but we'll get those fixed up as early as we can next week. Seriously, thanks for your patience.
You all are awesome. Have we mentioned that today?