Icons, T-shirts, Moderators, & FA.com
15 days 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.
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?
Font Awesome Accounts — Try #2
23 days 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
24 days 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!
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.
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
about 1 month 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!
Changes to Mug Designs, Invoices, & Early Access!
about 1 month ago
– Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 11:03:22 PM
Changes to Mug Designs
First, our apologies. There was a mis-communication with our mug supplier in Poland, and we're more limited in mug colors than we thought (we thought all Pantone colors were available). Also, we've simplified the mug design with the Font Awesome 5 style and we think it looks much cleaner.
So we've adjusted the mug designs accordingly, and here they are! Want to change your mind on which mug you want to order? No problem! Just login to BackerKit and make changes!
For folks who requested invoices before January 1, we've sent invoices (instructions in previous email). For everyone else who needs invoices, they will be available shortly in your Font Awesome account. Expect an email sometime next week for instructions with setting up your account. These will be sent to the email you used for Kickstarter or BackerKit Pre-orders.
When you set up your Font Awesome account, you'll be taken through steps to connect your GitHub credentials to the private Font Awesome Pro repo. You'll get earlier access than anyone else to changes and updates to the project. This means you'll be able to immediately download an early version a few Font Awesome Pro icons! Again, stay tuned sometime next week for that Font Awesome account email invitation.