The Bridge Material Type Icon Set
The Bridge Material Type Icon Set is designed for online library catalogs and other repositories for quick, intuitive visual identification of material types. It is intended to be a professionally-designed free, open alternative to proprietary icon sets.
What is included in the package
There are three directories included in the package:
- gifs -- this contains .gif files ready to be placed on web pages. At this point it contains two directories: 40x40_beige_bg and 40x40_white_bg.
- psd -- this contains Photoshop (.psd) files used to generate additional .gif files with the background color of your choice. At this point it contains one directory: 40x40.
- ai -- this contains the Adobe Illustrator (.ai) files that have the vector art needed to create icons at different sizes or to make alterations to the icons.
How to use the package
- If your needs are met with one of the two included sets of gif files, you can simply unzip this package, place it somewhere on your web server, and point your catalog or repository at the appropriate images.
- If you need to change the wording (for localization, for example) or if you need to provide a different background color for the icons, you can open up the .psd files and add new layers for your text or background colors, and then save for web into a new directory in the package. The naming convention for directories is this:
[WIDTH]x[HEIGHT]_[BACKGROUNDCOLOR]_[TWOLETTERLANGUAGECODE] (e.g. 40x40_beige_en)
- If you need to change the size of the icons, create a new set of .psd files in the psd directory with the dimensions of the icons as the directory name (e.g. 40x40). Create new .psd files and bring the .ai files in at the new dimensions.
- If you want to create new icons for the set, you can either create them from scratch in your vector editing program, or work from elements in the icon set. It is important that you only use images that are available to creative commons licensing or that you have copyright on and can legally contribute to the project.
If you use this set, you must provide attribution on your site. An example of attribution is provided here:
- Material type icons by the Bridge Material Type Icons Project
Contributing back to the project
There is no legal requirement to contribute back to the Bridge Material Icon Set Project. There is, however, a legal requirement to make any derivative works available under the same license. The simplest way to do this is to contribute any alterations or additions to the icon set back to the project. This method will make your changes part of the standard distribution of the icon set.
To contribute back to the project, submit your changes and/or new icons to Matt Ryan: mryan [at] carleton [dot] edu.
News and discussion regarding the project
To find out when the icon set is updated or to participate in discussion of future directions for this project, join the bridge-icons email list.
The core of the Bridge Material Type Icon Set was created by Matt Ryan during the winter of 2005-2006, with able assistance in testing and evaluating the icons from the members of the Bridge Consortium's Public Access Working Group.
The Bridge Material Type Icon Set is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License by the Bridge Consortium of Carleton College and St. Olaf College.
- A human-readable summary of this license is available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/ and in the file license.txt that accompanies this package
- A legal representation of this license is available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/legalcode and in the file license.txt that accompanies this package
The Bridge Consortium of Carleton College and St. Olaf College may be contacted at:
Bridge Public Access Working Group
1 N College St
Northfield, MN 55057