Standard workflow in maintaining and creating icon fonts

Justin Obara obara.justin at
Mon Aug 21 19:18:30 UTC 2017

In regards to attaching the AI and AIA files, I think you can just link to
the resources in their current location. For example add a link from

Jon, if we link from ownCloud, does the link stay up-to-date with the
latest, or does it point to a specific version?


On August 21, 2017 at 2:09:04 PM, Hung, Jonathan (jhung at wrote:

Hi Eloisa,

Thanks so much for doing this!

I went through the guide and have some comments / thoughts.

We like to share what we've learned with others, so it may be useful to
approach the documentation from a couple perspectives:

   1. someone who isn't too familiar with Illustrator
   2. someone who isn't very technical (upon mention of "command prompt"
   and they've already hit the back button on their browser. :) )
   3. someone who is from outside the IDRC

This means you may have to describe things in greater / simpler detail or
link to resources that help. For example you may want to describe how to
import an Action into AI, or maybe link to a resource that shows you how to
import .AIA files.

For the parts of the documentation where it is Would it be possible to
generalize the instructions to have both general and IDRC specific
instructions? Perhaps attach the AI and AIA file to the wiki page so those
not at the IDRC can use that as an example.

Regarding the grunt-webfont generation, it may be helpful to back up a
little and say what the prerequisites are (i.e. Step 1. Install npm
<>, etc.).

Also it's not immediately clear how grunt-webfont is installed without the
fontforge engine. Their project documentation mentions an `engine` option,
but doesn't explicitly give instructions. It may be useful to type out
exactly what is required.

As for the rest of the documentation, it would be useful to give pointers
to other documentation on how to use icon fonts. i.e. maybe the icon
font documentation on Fluid project
elsewhere on the Wiki is useful?

Incidentally, the existing icon font documentation on the Fluid Project
should get updated / deprecated once this documentation get finalized.

Let me know if you want me to clarify anything.

Thanks Eloisa for going down this rabbit hole! 😊

- Jon.

Jonathan Hung, Inclusive Designer
Email: jhung at
OCAD University
Inclusive Design Research Centre

*From:* fluid-work <fluid-work-bounces at> on behalf of
Guerrero, Eloisa <eguerrero at>
*Sent:* August 15, 2017 12:54:31 PM
*To:* Fluid Work
*Subject:* Standard workflow in maintaining and creating icon fonts

Hi everyone,

Here’s the documentation for creating icon fonts… If you have any comments
or suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated!


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