Getting Started

How to Create Your Own iConji Character

There are 4 methods for creating your own, original iConji character as presented on the left column of this page. We support Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, and Google SVG-edit. We have also provided guidance should you desire to hand draw or paint your original artwork as a more free form of expression.

A few points worth mentioning:

  • All iConji characters must be created as vector art, meaning they are scalable to any size, large or small. This is to ensure that future applications of iConji, both in the electronic and physical world, can call upon the iConji vocabulary without having to rebuild the original artwork at a different size. With a vector foundation, it is simple to produce a high quality character at 32x32 pixels or 32x32 meters.

  • You need to provide the iConji character definition in English at this point in time. While we recognize this is somewhat contrary to the whole intent of iConji as an international communication tool, the use of English as a foundation for each character gives us a common footing, a place for comparison and management of the growing vocabulary. Please consider the use of Google's translation services to provide the definition in English if you are uncertain, and then reverse translate back to your native language to ensure the accuracy of the definition.

  • In addition to the use of the templates provided for Illustrator, DRAW, and SVG-edit, it is imperative that your artwork appear clear, legible, and offer a high contrast between key elements and the background after we convert it to 32x32 pixels, which is the current format for all iConji characters.

  • We offer a suggested color palette.

  • Each template contains a non-printable rectangular bounding box within which you create your artwork. It is important to keep your artwork within this box to allow room for the inflection marks that could be added when your character is used in a message.