Download Adinkra Sans – 50 icon pack in SVG and PNG: designed for any graphic project, personal or commercial.
Wait. Any project?
Ah, you caught that. We went for adaptability, not heritage.
Mm. Long story.
Symmetry reflects royalty.
The original adinkra artisans had to wrestle with ink and stamp blocks, a very quirky medium. Straight lines were hard, but every step of drawing, carving and printing circles brought its own headache… So naturally they put curves on every other icon! These people flexed the difficulty. (In our era, they’d probably be pixel-perfect gurus.)
This history is baked into every adinkra icon, and that’s a very good thing. However, one might argue that the artists weren’t aiming for this texture, any more than video gaming pioneers were presenting 8‑bit as an ideal resolution. One might ask why these legends made a series of concentric circles the ‘king’ of their set, and follow that question to its digital extreme…
I love pixel art, by the way. And I appreciate adinkra’s organic feel; that was a big focus for my first icon pack. But while researching that, I made 12 super-modern icons, which was a lot of fun. That led me to wonder how the heritage would translate in a sans-serif-friendly context. (It’s not just me, right? The classic ones are quite serif-biased.)
Right? And I don’t even love this new Gye Nyame. It only looks weird on its own, though. The pack is optimized for patterns and typographic ornament, so each icon sacrifices some uniqueness for the harmony of the set. When you need a visual anchor, I’d always advise customizing – but either v1 or v2 can get you started.
Long story over. Specimens!
Get Adinkra Sans (and the original v1.0, why not). Hope you love them and never have to trace these icons again. (Unless, like me, you actually kind of want to. In which case: stay fabulous, platypus.)
BTW: Pretty sure a v2.1 release will be needed, so I’d really appreciate any feedback on improvements.
- Two fancy dress lads: from Phyllis Galembo’s Maske, via this blog.
- Shekere: from Wikimedia Commons | African drum: from Wikimedia Commons
- Dancing boy: by Emmanuel ‘Bob Pixel’ Bobbie, legend; related Behance project; buy a fine print
- Adowa lady: … (man. I know it’s from Flickr, but I can’t find it.)
- Crown: grabbed from Pinterest, invalid source link
- Nice presentation and depth
- Good presentation
- Icons missing, but good captions
- 100+ icons for UI/UX, package manager support (traditional drawing, but solid)