Dieter Petereit September 5th, 2012

Sosa – 121 Icons in One Free Webfont

Ed Merritt, Designer from Bournemouth, took a pragmatic approach. Sosa is a tailored icon font, which carries all the symbols he needed most frequently in his daily development work. As Ed is a designer, just as probably most of you are, it doesn't seem far-fetched to expect, what Ed needs most might be identical to what you need most, too. Since Sosa is free for both personal and commercial projects, why not take a closer look?

Sosa: Icon font without a specific use case

If you know common icon sets, Sosa might surprise you. Despite the relatively small amount of just 120 symbols, the set is able to cover a variety of potential use cases. You’ll find device-icons as well as brand-icons, icons for user interfaces and more. Even weather-symbols and currency-icons are provided.

With only 95k, the download is rather lean and contains the icons in the formats TTF, EOT, WOFF and SVG. Sosa has to be integrated in your own website via @font-face. Merritt didn’t deliver the necessary related files, which shouldn’t impose a major problem to the average designer. Sosa’s project website has an overview of which key on your keyboard produces which icon.

[caption id="attachment_71305" align="alignnone" width="550"] Sosa: Contents of the downloaded archive[/caption]

Even though Sosa is offered free of charge, its developer is always happy to accept donations via PayPal as to keep up font-development. There are no restrictions regarding how to use the icon font. Of course you’re not allowed to offer the set as a download from third-party domains or imply that you’re its developer. Backlinks are always appreciated, but not presupposed for the use of the product.

Dieter Petereit

Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.


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