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Font Awesome 5

Created by Dave Gandy

Font Awesome 5
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35,550 backers pledged $1,076,960.14 on Kickstarter

Raised in Kickstarter
$1,076,960.14 / 35,550 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$85,528.00 / 35,873 backers

Learn About Our Project:

 

   

 


New 16px Grid System

  • New 16px base size (same as Bootstrap 4 base font size)
  • Every icon on new grid system for consistency throughout the set 
  • Better readability at smallest size
  • More consistent visual design
  • No font descender for easier vertical positioning


Brand New CSS

  • Easier stacking - Flexbox to the rescue!
  • More & re-designed animations
  • All CSS from scratch!

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Our T-shirts will be softest and snuggliest, made from the finest American Apparel model 2001 Fine Jersey Crew Crewneck Tees. You'll never want to take them off. But you probably should at some point. Just sayin'.
  • For our mugs, we're partnering with the revered Emalco. Their enamelware is made using a centuries-old process where powdered glass and pigment is fired at 1500°F and fused onto a steel substrate. This creates gorgeous and insanely durable mugs with a dash of unique character. Your $30 Font Awesome mug might just outlast us all. 
  • Final designs will be chosen by our backer community.

  

 

Funded!!! We’ll add our most-awesome Pro-only code features (but not the Pro icons) to Font Awesome Free! That means we’ll open source our super-awesome SVG Framework AND we’ll make all of our JavaScript component packages available as well! More sprinkles for everyone!

Funded! For React, Angular, Ember.js, and Vue.js, we’ll make framework-native JavaScript components installable through your favorite package manager (npm, yarn) for FA Pro. Free for all of our Pro backers!

Funded! All Pro backers get exclusive, permanent access to the Font Awesome Community, which we're building from scratch. We'll be including user forums, voting, and more! Help decide which icons go into Font Awesome 5 AND show off your site, discuss ideas, and get help with Font Awesome from the community!

Funded! We're expanding the Duotone icon set to 600 icons. That's basically the current size of all of Font Awesome Free!

AND everyone ordering T-shirts and mugs will get three styles to choose from (instead of just one) AND we'll also throw in limited-edition, exclusive Font Awesome 5 sticker sheets AND magnets!

Funded! Just like Font Awesome CDN, we'll make it easy to serve up Font Awesome Pro with our CDN. No files to mess with. AND you'll be able to load just the icon packs your site uses to keep your pages slim and speedy. We're giving all Pro backers a year of the service!

Funded! We'll make it easy to use Font Awesome Pro in your iOS or Android app. Free for all of our Pro backers. AND we'll open source iOS and Android support for Font Awesome Free as well!

Funded! Font Awesome already includes a solid and outlined style for nearly every icon. If we hit $400k, we'll add an additional style that's a lighter weight of our outlined icons. Free for all of our Pro Backers!

Funded! We'll include a desktop tool that allows you to create your own custom package of Font Awesome Pro! You'll easily be able to assemble just the icons you need to keep your site blazing fast! Free for all of our Pro backers!

Funded! We'll include basic SVG files for free in Font Awesome 5 Free! This won't include any of our SVG framework magic, but should make using Font Awesome Free easier on the desktop and for folks who love SVG!

Funded! We'll make it easy to use Font Awesome Pro in some of your favorite design tools, like Sketch, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Free for all of our Pro backers!

Funded! While creating Font Awesome 5, we'll be writing and blogging about our process. At the end, we'll assemble all the articles into an eBook and distribute for free to all of our Pro backers!

Funded! For the top 200 icons in Font Awesome, we'll create an exclusive duotone icon set for our Pro backers! Same Font Awesome ease of use, super-cool duotone effects!

46 Icon Packs Funded! For every icon category pack, we'll add 10 more icons to Font Awesome Free and another 30 more icons to Font Awesome Pro. These icon packs are available for free for all Pro backers, but will cost $10 each after the Kickstarter. Support now and save!

  

Personal / Small Business License

  • Covers individuals or small businesses with up to 100 employees.
  • License follows the person or business.
  • If the project is for personal use, the person should have a license. If the project is for a business, the business should have a license.
  • Use on as many projects (web app/site, iOS app, etc.) as you like.
  • Don’t use in a theme or re-distribute.
  • License is transferable.
  • For greater than 100 employees, buy multiple small business licenses. Enterprise licenses are available for up to 3,000 employees (see below).

Student / Non-Profit License

  • Covers individual students for personal projects OR non-profit organizations of any size.
  • Use on as many projects (web app/site, iOS app, etc.) as you like.
  • Don’t use in a theme or re-distribute.
  • License is transferable.

Enterprise / Company License

  • Covers companies up to 3,000 employees.
  • License follows the company. If the project is for personal use, the person should have a license. If the project is for a company, the company should have a license.
  • Use on as many projects (web app/site, iOS app, etc.) as you like.
  • Don’t use in a theme or re-distribute.
  • For greater than 3,000 employees, buy multiple enterprise licenses.

Theme License

  • Allows use in a single theme that you can re-sell. For multiple themes, buy multiple licenses.
  • Cannot re-distribute Font Awesome Pro except embedded in your theme.
  • Grants a single personal / small business license for theme buyer to use Font Awesome Pro as a part of your theme (not outside).

 

This project is promoted by Jellop, a direct­ response online advertising agency specializing in Kickstarter campaigns on Facebook Ads and Google AdWords.

 

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Swag Extras and BackerKit Address Update Cutoff
19 days ago – Thu, Mar 09, 2017 at 11:03:08 PM

Swag Extras are Awesome!

Hello lovely Font Awesome backers! We just got our swag upgrade stickers and magnets in-house, so we wrote up a whole article on how awesome they are and how awesome Sticker Mule is to work with. We've got some great photos of the finished products, so don't miss it!

Update your BackerKit Address

T-shirts are going to the screen printers as we speak and are going to start shipping out next Tuesday or Wednesday if everything goes to plan. Mugs should arrive late next week and should also be shipping out shortly. So make sure to update your address in BackerKit if you've recently changed addresses, because after Tuesday, we'll be locking these down completely!

Next Up

I just spent several week agonizing over the look and feel of the different icon weights (solid, regular outline, and thin outline). Early next week, look forward to the next update in the repo of the newest icons. They'll include quite a few new icons, stylistic updates, and the first look at the regular outline icons.

Also, we're starting to get photos of the enamelware mugs. These things are absolutely gorgeous. We'll go into full detail next week!

And make sure you read the article on Font Awesome 5 Kickstarter swag extras!

Icons, T-shirts, Moderators, & FA.com
about 2 months ago – Thu, Feb 09, 2017 at 10:59:42 PM

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.

Community Moderators

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. :)

FontAwesome.com

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?

Font Awesome Accounts — Try #2
about 2 months ago – Wed, Feb 01, 2017 at 09:46:30 PM

We screwed this up once.
Things should be fixed now, we think.
Give it a shot, please!

Okay, folks. We’re pretty certain we’ve fixed the root causes from FA Accounts Try #1. We’re sending out batches of 1,000 and will keep an eye on things.

The problems were a combination of two things we found (Nerd Alert!):

  • A third party connection library (Hackney) that was configured to 50 external connections by default. This is primarily what caused the issue with GitHub auth, and we’ve upped the pool accordingly.
  • We had a data loss issue (!!!) from a mis-configuration of Elixir. This only hit our Backer table, so was easy enough to restore.

We think this should take care of things, so we’re sending out invites again. Remember that this first round is just for Kickstarter Backers. PayPal and BackerKit pre-orders should go out next week.

(For more context, please see our most recent Update #19.)

FA Account Invites & Update
about 2 months ago – Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 10:53:30 PM

Well, that was embarrassing.

We've just totally bungled the initial launch of your Font Awesome accounts. We had 2 separate issues hit us in production that never showed up on staging. One was a silent failure on backer data import (solved) and the other is an issue with GitHub account linking (not solved).

We're working hard to get this fixed up. We're really sorry, and we'll post an update and re-send invitations as soon we get things sorted.

Font Awesome Account Invitations

This is currently only for Kickstarter backers who selected a reward that includes a Font Awesome Pro license of some kind. For pre-orders and backers who selected no reward or just a mug, we'll send out account invitations in the next few days (hopefully sooner rather than later).

As a reminder, your FA account will immediately allow you to: 1) Customize and print your invoice and 2) Connect to the FA Pro GitHub Repo and get involved!

FA Pro Repo

First, temper your expectations. Font Awesome Pro is not ready to use in production. :) But after you connect your GitHub account, you'll immediately have access to a few things:

  • Extremely early versions of a few Font Awesome 5 icons. Just a few SVGs for now.
  • GH Issues where you can vote on icon pack categories that have already been suggested and suggest your own new categories.

Please read all contributing guidelines and readmes!

Swag

Making mugs, shirts, stickers, magnets, and polybags is quite an intensive process. We've selected a t-shirt printer and fulfillment partner, and we have sent the 50% deposit to our mug supplier. 

For stickers, magnets, and polybags, we're working with Sticker Mule. Due to different packaging sizes for t-shirts (polybag) and mugs (cardboard box), we're going to offer different sticker and magnet extras for each. T-shirts will include a Font Awesome Pro icons sticker sheet and a FA color logo magnet, while mugs will include a FA logo magnet and 2 vinyl FA logo transfer stickers (one black, one white). We got back early samples of transfer stickers and magnets, and they're awesome. We don't want to spoil what they look like just yet, so stay tuned for an update dedicated to the awesome stuff that's coming from Sticker Mule.

Icon Design

For the first time since the Kickstarter ended, I finally had time to get back into FA5 icon design. Before the Kickstarter, we designed a couple dozen icons to get a feel for the overall design and show off in the campaign (you can find most of these in the repo). Now we're starting down the road of creating the full icon style guide that will help our icons all appear like part of the same set. Things like standardized line thickness, corner border radius, and lots more.

Expect the first article on our icon design process in the next week or so. We've got a lot of work ahead of us!

Font Awesome Accounts
2 months ago – Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 11:20:38 PM

We were hoping to send out Font Awesome account invites last week, but they're not quite ready. Should be ready in the next couple of days. We're very sorry for the delay!

In case you missed it, your Font Awesome account is going to be the central place you get all the digital rewards from us. When we send the invites, you'll be able to do 2 things:

  • Print your Kickstarter invoice (add-ons and pre-orders via BackerKit will come shortly).
  • Connect your GitHub account (or create a new one) to the private GitHub repo. You'll immediately be able to download several SVGs of icons we've already designed and this will be the primary way you can stay up to date and get early access to what we're working on.

Thank you for your patience, and again we're very sorry for the delay!