Red Hat icon system updates

In 2019, after the major rebrand of the company, a collaborative team of designers created an icon style for Red Hat. This style was used to build out a library of more than 300 icons.

Almost a year later, we re-evaluated the icon system and discovered consistency issues across the library. I worked on a team of 3 designers who refined the icon style, created more detailed guidelines and templates for new icons, and then recreated all 300+ icons in the refined system. Our icon library now consists of nearly 400 unique, consistent icons.

Six red icons on a black background.Six black icons on a gray background.Six white icons on a red background.
Illustration showing the template and grid for drawing a Red Hat icon.
To fix the inconsistency that we found across the library, we created a new template. This allowed us to draw all of our icons again with accuracy, then create detailed guidelines for other designers.
Comparison of icons before and after they were recreated using the new template and guidelines.Screenshots of pages from the "Creating a new icon" guidelines.
Later, I updated the standard icons page on the Red Hat brand standards to guide non-designers in applying the icons correctly in their work.
Screenshot of the lower section of the Red Hat standard icons brand standards page.Screenshot of the top of the Red Hat standard icons brand standards page.
To expand our logo system, we also created an "initiative logo" style that combines icons and text, plus detailed guidelines for using them.
Diagram showing different layouts of initiative logos.

Collaboration with Emma Eble and Cole Ferguson