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Extended Visual Library of 650+ EthnoGraphic Symbols categorized with Meanings. Carefully Redesigned in a consistent and modern style.
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What is Symbolikon

  •  Symbolikon is an extensive library of Ethno-Esoteric-Mystic-Magical symbols for creatives, graphic designers, tattoo artists, and visual designers.
  • It contains 650+ ethnographic symbols, organized in 25 categories, with general meanings and specific description of each symbol. More categories/symbols are coming.
  • Every symbol is carefully redesigned in a consistent and modern style, available in 4 style variations (light, bold, outlined, colorable).
  • Symbols are provided in Vector (SVG, EPS) and Raster format (JPG, PNG) 

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Symbolikon Digital Encyclopedia is a collection of symbols taken from historical, global civilizations, given a new life where ancient culture meets modern designSymbolikon is a journey of discovery, taking users through the symbols and iconography of historical cultures and ages, providing in-depth and meticulously researched information about meaning and origin.

We live in a world of symbols: from the stop sign at the end of your street, to the apps on your phone, the buttons you press to call the elevator up, or down, or shapes and shadows in the logo of your favourite brand. Symbols are everywhere. 

Symbols have history, too. They didn’t spring up out of thin air. Symbols pre-date our own, contemporary cultures and even our modern-day alphabets. Symbols represent objects, ideas and relationships, and they have done for thousands of years.

With Symbolikon, I have created a digital resource for all kinds of creatives to search, discover and integrate a vast number of symbols and styles into their work. I have organized this extensive library into 25 easy-to-use categories, tagged symbols using key-words and descriptions in order to ensure effective and efficient searching.

Worldmap of categories
Worldmap of categories


Where do these symbols comes from?

Thus far, I have spent three years conducting extensive ethnographic research into the discovery and origins of these symbols. Every symbol has a different story. Every story is found in a different way. 

Every symbol has been hand-picked for both its aesthetic value and associated meaning

I have consulted books on ancient culture, on mysticism, on the history of the human race and on symbolism in general. I have visited museums and spoken with experts in a wide range of anthropological subject areas. 

In addition, the categorization of the symbols, once discovered, required expert guidance. I have laboured to ensure that every symbol is described correctly and placed in the appropriate category within the library.

Ethnographic research and development
Ethnographic research and development

Why

As a creative designer, I have always been interested in symbols and their meanings. However, I struggled to find a set of symbols that were easy to use and well organized. In using symbols, I believe that it’s important to understand the meanings, origins culture, time frame, and symbolic frameset. 

Presently, the primary resources available for effective symbology research are paper books. As designer, I wanted to find a web resource that was easy to access from wherever I happen to be, where I could find a vector graphic symbol, read a description, and look for further resources. This simply wasn’t available in any easy-to-use form.

I started to study symbols, in part because I was interested, but also because I knew that the knowledge would improve my professional abilities. What began as a small project has now evolved into an enormous database of more than 650 symbols, along with details of their origins and meanings

This is a resource that, as a designer, I find hugely valuable. Now, I would love to share this research with others who might also benefit from my work.


What categories are available?

After the project launches, I plan to continue my research, adding new categories and exploring other cultures, such as: Mapuche, Shinto, Hinduism, Islam, Plant Symbolism, and many more.


 What styles are available? 

Every single symbol has 4 different versions, carefully designed for its own distinct purpose: 

  •  Light - for fine graphics 
  •  Bold - for a strong style 
  •  Outline - for a more complex visual 
  •  Colorable -  for color customization
Kepher, Scarab symbol, found on the sphinx statue by Cleopatra's Needle in London.
Kepher, Scarab symbol, found on the sphinx statue by Cleopatra's Needle in London.

Why the colorable version?

The colorable symbol style has been designed to be customized with user-selected color. Each individual element can be selected and modified, with either gradient or flat colors

Search the symbol you need using tags.

A useful combination of tags related to each symbol make the research easy and efficient. Tags help to get drive the search into the direction you need.

Tags example for Koru symbol part of Maori category
Tags example for Koru symbol part of Maori category

Symbols Map

Now there are 25 categories ready to download with 650+ symbols...and more are coming soon. You can download the full category in the extension you need moreover one by one as single symbol.

Overview of categories and symbols
Overview of categories and symbols



The Digital Encyclopedia of Symbols

Currently the only resources available for a good research about symbology are paper books, as digital designer I think that would be great to have a web resource easy to access from wherever, where to find a vector graphic symbol, read its description and look for further references.

Living in a "World of screens" we are overwhelmed of images, ancient symbols are bricks where our modern visual design bases itself. As much as we know about archetypal symbolism, as much as we can make meaningful designs and create new symbology.

Symbolikon Digital Encyclopedia is a collection of symbols taken from historical, global civilizations, given a new life where ancient culture meets modern design


What can I do with these symbols?

Here are just a few suggestions for the kind of projects users may embark upon using the Symbolikon library.

Find inspiration for your next tattoo.
Find inspiration for your next tattoo.
Jewelery design
Jewelery design
Illustrations for Game design
Illustrations for Game design
Patterns for 3D design
Patterns for 3D design
Create minimal Tarot cards using the Tarot category.
Create minimal Tarot cards using the Tarot category.
Create graphic design for t-shirts.
Create graphic design for t-shirts.
Design meaningful brand visuals.
Design meaningful brand visuals.
Find inspiration for music artwork.
Find inspiration for music artwork.
Design unique works of art.
Design unique works of art.

Why I need your help?

Ultimately, I believe that this is an important undertaking. As the speed of culture increases, we run the risk of losing sight of these elements of our past.

Living in a digital world, constantly confronted with screens and monitors. We are overwhelmed by images. Ancient symbols are the bricks upon which our modern visual design is built. The more we know about archetypal symbolism, the more we can make meaningful designs and create new symbols.

This has been a long journey, in which I have studied symbols, their origins, meanings, uses and their relationships with other symbols and events. It takes a lot of effort to discover and redesign each and every symbol.

I need your help to build a website to collect and organize new categories, symbols, style variation downloads and much more. I also need your support to extend the library and continue my research, growing the database and providing further resources for creative users.


How will the funds be used?

Stretch goals

UNLOCKED STREACH GOAL 1 500 backers

  • Wallpapers desktop and mobile.

STREACH GOAL 2 1000 backers

  •  New categories +10 - Mapuche, Shintoism, Hinduism, Islamism, Plant Symbolism...and more.

STREACH GOAL 3 1500 backers

  • Additional Descriptive text for each symbol, as well as exclusive contents.


💡For specs about Licensing please read the FAQ section.


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Risks and challenges

This is not the first time I have thrown myself into a new venture and I’m fully aware of the risks and challenges involved. But then, that's what I’m about: Challenges and rising to them!

As the Symbolikon library is almost entirely complete in advance of the product launch, the primary challenge at this stage will be to secure the appropriate levels of funding to build the online resource.

A further challenge will be to reach out to the creative designers who will be our end users, in order to make them aware of the potential benefits of the Symbolikon library.

One final challenge will be to continually update and improve upon the product after it is launched. My goal is to create an extensive modern visual library of ancient and mystic symbols, and to build a community that enjoys being involved in a wide ranging cultural project where history, symbols and culture combine with graphic design.
I believe that these challenges can and will be met. All I need now is your support.

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