descriptionFont Standard
ownerJoe Wreschnig
last changeMon, 6 Oct 2014 09:38:18 +0000 (11:38 +0200)

Font Standard

Font Standard is a suite of pictographic icons for easily scalable vector graphics on websites. Those icons are assigned, when possible, to a proper public Unicode codepoint, and do not include questionably-licensed corporate logos, Libertarian tulips, or some bullshit web service you'll forget about in less than a year.

Font Standard is based on Font Awesome, which does not live up to its name. It is about 40% smaller than Font Awesome (even smaller if you no longer use FA's custom CSS), and usable in more situations.


Install FontForge, then at a command line, run

make all

Now you'll get fontstandard.ttf and fontstandard.woff. These can be used as drop-in replacements for Font Awesome, or independently as a font with many useful Unicode glyphs.


Font Standard is compatible with Font Awesome, as long as you are not using any Brand Icons or its awful gender icons. (If you are using any of these, reconsider the life choices that brought you to do so.)

Font Standard is also compatible with regular HTML, and you can just assign a CSS font family and type Unicode characters like ♫ or ☕ and they will render appropriately.

Font Standard mappings may change in future updates. For example, the Font Awesome "bolt" icon (U+F0E7) is mapped to U+2301 (Electric Arrow), U+26a1 (High Voltage Sign), and 1+F5F2 (Lightning Mood). If a more "arrow-like" or "sign-like" bolt appears in Font Awesome in the future, it might take over those slots.

Known Issues

Some characters may be mis-mapped. Some characters are probably suitable for mapping but are not yet. Let me know if you have suggestions.


The scripts that build Font Standard are hereby deeded to the public domain. The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

No claim is made on the "Font Standard" name.

Font Awesome by Dave Gandy is licensed under the SIL OFL 1.1 with the reserved name "FontAwesome".

2014-10-06 Joe WreschnigUpdate ignore list for new source file patterns. master
2014-10-06 Joe WreschnigSimplify file reading.
2014-09-30 Joe WreschnigInitial import.
7 years ago master