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The new multi-weight, commercial icon font and web toolkit from the creator of Font Awesome. Leaner, meaner, & cleaner. Read more

Cambridge, MA Typography
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The new multi-weight, commercial icon font and web toolkit from the creator of Font Awesome. Leaner, meaner, & cleaner.

Cambridge, MA Typography
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About this project

Thank you all so very much for making Black Tie a reality! I’m so very excited to get started and get it into your hands. It is going to be awesome!

I believe iconography should have the same level of beauty, variety, and refinement seen in traditional typography. Just as the right typographic font influences the personality of a website, the right set of icons also reinforces that look and feel.

For a time, Museo Slab was one of my favorite header fonts. I designed Font Awesome to sit comfortably next to Museo Slab’s friendly style. My goal with Black Tie is to create a clean, minimalist set of icons that will feel right at home next to modern sans-serif fonts like Helvetica and Proxima Nova.

While my plan for Black Tie is to create a commercial icon font (hey, a man’s gotta eat!) I am still very committed to maintaining and improving the original Font Awesome. That’s why I’ve built rewards into the Black Tie Kickstarter that are designed to benefit the original Font Awesome, too.

If you’ve found Font Awesome useful, please consider supporting Black Tie! 

Sincerely, 

-Dave Gandy

  • Open source icon font and web toolkit - fontawesome.io
  • Cohesive set of scalable vector icons easily styleable with CSS
  • On over 700,000 websites (according to meanpath.com)
  • #8 on GitHub's most starred projects
  • The original Font Awesome will always stay free and open source
Just a few of the 700,000+ websites using the original Font Awesome
Just a few of the 700,000+ websites using the original Font Awesome

Black Tie is the all new commercial icon font and web toolkit by the creator of Font Awesome.

The four styles of Black Tie
The four styles of Black Tie

Design

  • Completely new design with a clean, minimalist style
  • 4 Black Tie styles - Solid, Bold, Medium, and Thin
  • Better pixel perfection - I've learned how to design icons even better at small sizes
  • Better visual icon size consistency
  • Removing sharp angles (< 90°) allows icons to be visually larger and more legible at small sizes

Technology

  • Packed with at least 150 of the icons people are using most on their sites (thanks NerdyData!). This allows us to include the most needed icons while optimizing file size.
  • Every icon designed from scratch to use fewer points. This means each icon will use less space and Black Tie will load MUCH faster.

Usability

  • Better screen reader accessibility.
  • IE7 support (my condolences if you need it)
  • Plus a few new features!

Individual Rewards

  • Sponsorship listings on the Black Tie website
  • Discounted licenses for one or all four Black Tie styles
  • Awesome limited edition T-shirts (see below for more details)
  • Choose an icon to be added to Black Tie OR the original Font Awesome
  • Add your company logo to Black Tie AND the original Font Awesome
  • Even bigger discounts for early backers

Group Rewards - If funding reaches certain levels, rewards get even better for everyone!

$60,000

  • 50 new icons will be added to Black Tie 
  • AND 50 new icons to the original Font Awesome 

T-shirts

Choose either Black Tie or original Font Awesome themed T-shirts (designs will be crowdsourced from Black Tie backers and MUCH better than those shown below)

Choose an Icon (or 5)

  • Absolutely need an icon in Black Tie OR the original Font Awesome?
  • You choose the icon, I custom design it for the set
  • Every one of these icons adds to the total number of icons in Black Tie or the original Font Awesome
  • Subject to designer approval; cannot be NSFW

Company Logo

  • Get your company's logo added to Black Tie AND the original Font Awesome
  • Your logo will be displayed among the web's best companies with a link back to your website
  • Great way to share your brand with Font Awesome's fantastic users (4M+ uniques in the last 12 months, average session time over 4 minutes)
  • Limited in number
  • Every one of these icons adds to the total number of icons in Black Tie and Font Awesome
  • Icon must be square(-ish) and you must have the rights
  • Cannot be NSFW or be a website that is NSFW

The Black Tie Icons

The Icons of Black Tie (not final)
The Icons of Black Tie (not final)

License

Update: By popular demand, I've changed the terms of the Black Tie license to allow broader use!

Once you purchase a license, you can now use Black Tie on as many sites as you like (but you're not allowed to distribute)! Questions? Definitely drop me a note.

Creating a cohesive set of icons is an incredibly time consuming task. In order to put the time I'd like into Black Tie, I need your help to make it happen. Your support will allow hiring another developer to build new features and give me the time to focus on making every single icon sub-pixel perfect.

Risks and challenges

I've done this before, so there's less risk than the usual Kickstarter project. I just need the time make Black Tie awesome!

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Rewards

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    48 backers

    Help us get to 3,000 backers at any dollar amount and we’ll give Font Awesome MAJOR upgrades!

    In addition to our eternal gratitude, you'll be notified of every project update and be added the list of backers on our website.

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    137 backers

    In addition to our eternal gratitude, you'll be notified of every project update and be added the list of backers on our website.

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    50 backers All gone!

    EARLY BACKER - Black Tie style of your choice - Solid, Bold, Medium, or Thin (1 license) [Post-launch price: $39]

    Estimated delivery:
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    95 backers

    Black Tie style of your choice - Solid, Bold, Medium, or Thin (1 license) [Post-launch price: $39]

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    16 backers

    T-shirt only - get an awesome original Font Awesome OR Black Tie themed T-shirt

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    60 backers All gone!

    EARLY BACKER - Awesome T-shirt + 1 Black Tie style - Solid, Bold, Medium, or Thin

    Estimated delivery:
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    11 backers

    Awesome T-shirt + 1 Black Tie style - Solid, Bold, Medium, or Thin

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  • You selected
    Pledge $89 or more

    150 backers All gone!

    EARLY BACKER - All 4 Black Tie styles - Solid, Bold, Medium, and Thin (1 license for each) [Post-launch price: $119]

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    34 backers

    All 4 Black Tie styles - Solid, Bold, Medium, and Thin (1 license for each) [Post-launch price: $119]

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    Pledge $109 or more

    50 backers All gone!

    EARLY BACKER - Awesome T-shirt + All 4 Black Tie styles - Solid, Bold, Medium, and Thin (1 license for each)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $119 or more

    25 backers

    Awesome T-shirt + All 4 Black Tie styles - Solid, Bold, Medium, and Thin (1 license for each)

    Estimated delivery:
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    9 backers Limited (1 left of 10)

    Choose an icon to be added to Black Tie OR the original Font Awesome - you decide the icon to be added, I do the design. Also includes 2 Awesome T-shirts + All 4 Black Tie styles. Cannot be a logo.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $799 or more

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    Choose 5 icons to be added to Black Tie OR the original Font Awesome - you decide five icons to be added, I do the design. Also includes 3 Awesome T-shirts + All 4 Black Tie styles. Cannot be a logo.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,999 or more

    15 backers Limited (5 left of 20)

    Your logo in Black Tie & the original Font Awesome. Must be square-ish, single color, & you must have the rights. Also includes 10 licenses for each of the 4 styles & 5 Awesome T-shirts.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
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    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    Your logo in Black Tie & the original Font Awesome. Must be square-ish, single color, & you must have the rights. Also includes each of the 4 styles & 5 Awesome T-shirts.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    Your logo in Black Tie & the original Font Awesome. Must be square-ish, single color, & you must have the rights. Also includes each of the 4 styles & 5 Awesome T-shirts.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)