9to5 Google: ‘Material Symbols’ are the newest Google Font icons with over 2,500 glyphs. “In addition to introducing a new logo last year, Google Fonts added support for open source icons. Google’s Material Symbols are now available leveraging variable font technology. Many of these 2,500 glyphs should be familiar to Google app users, and follow last year’s release of the ‘Material Icons’ collection (2,000 distinct icons in five styles), which remains available in Google Fonts.”
Smashing Magazine: Free Open-Source Icons. “In this post, we’ll celebrate some of these wonderful freebies that we came across recently. All of these free icons, illustrations, avatars, and animations have slightly different licenses (so please check them), but they are free to use in private and commercial work. But of course, the credit is always much appreciated.” Extensive!
Gizmodo: Finally, You Can Get Your Old Google Icons Back. “…you can officially get your old Google icons back. This nifty Chrome extension, developed by product designer Claudio Postinghel, was built to revert the Google’s icons back to their older designs—and honestly, thank god for that.”
Fast Company: See the world’s oldest emoji in this new archive of 650 ancient symbols. “A new project aims to catalogue hundreds of ancient symbols, drawn from long-gone civilizations like the Mayans, the ancient Egyptians, and the Aztecs, as well as present-day indigenous communities, like the Maori in New Zealand and the Lakota Sioux in North America.”
EurekAlert: Subtle visual cues nudge users to reveal more in online forum. “In a study, researchers found that people using an online sexual health forum featuring computer graphics, called icons, that implied a sense of crowd size and connectivity, revealed more sensitive information than visitors to a site without those visual cues, said S. Shyam Sundar, James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory. Pictures meant to convey a sense of community on the web forum did not significantly affect the user’s disclosure, he added.”
Noupe: Stockio: Free Photos, Videos, Icons, Illustrations, and Fonts For Your Projects. “This supply is pretty large for a free service. However, what really makes Stockio stand out from its competition is that it’s not limited to photos. The service also offers high-quality vector graphics, videos, icons, and even fonts. This gives you a central starting point for any kind of media that you could need throughout the course of a project.”