Getting found with GitHub Topics

GitHub topics was introduced January 31st and allows a quick way for maintainers to tag their repository for others to find.

GitHub Topics

In the repository list the descriptions for an repository become much more important. As more projects add topics a small change can be made to stand out like prepending an emoji.

Any emoji's can be used along with arrows to bring attention to the applications.

Examples: πŸŽπŸ“¦πŸ•ΆπŸ‘“πŸ’ŽπŸŽ€βœπŸ–ŠπŸ–‹βœ’πŸ–ŒπŸ’ΌπŸ“πŸ“‚πŸ—‚

Hopefully this doesn't get abused, but for now it's a nice way to stand out a little more.

MDI - Social Media Icon Ideas

There are many ways to style Material Design Icons for your site or app. The write-up below will go over a few ideas for social media.

See the Pen MDI - Round Social Icons by Austin Andrews (@templarian) on CodePen.

Above are some basic ideas for round and box social icons. It is also useful to bring attention to the various icons.

See the Pen MDI - Social Media Examples 2 by Austin Andrews (@templarian) on CodePen.

This article will expand over time as more ideas come along.

Be sure to checkout the MDI Collection of other helpful CodePens.

Material Design Icons v1.8.36

For latest v1.8.36 Material Design Icons release we've added 114 new icons. A few icons got fixed, replaced, and renamed. But general functionality is the same as the previous release and there should be very little impact upgrading.

As the new site is being worked on there will be more releases slowly leading up to the new site's debut.

New CSS Features.

Along with the 90, 180, 270, there are now degrees for every 45 angle using mdi-rotate-* classes.

Icons will not inherit their container's line-height allowing for quicker formatting in various frameworks.

Material Design Icons 2016

While I am working on the new site for Material Design Icons I have been looking at the stats to best tailor the layout and features around the most used features. Thought it would be fun to share some of those stats and what's in store for 2017.


We added so many contributors this year, not only for icon contributions, but those helping manage the hundreds of issues. The metric here is that most contributors have stuck around consistently helping with icons. Thanks, at this point it would be near impossible to do this without your help.

Since the new site is open source we'll hopefully see a lot more contributor opportunities (including writing the new getting started guides).

Most Searched / View Icons

For me the most useful stat is seeing what users are searching for. The site contains an alias for a lot of icons and I use these search results to map icons better with the expected result.

For instance since arrow is the top result for the year the next release actually contains a few more arrow icons.

Searched Term.......    Icon View...............  
1  arrow     (1.83%)    account          (1.76%)  
2  plus      (1.78%)    magnify          (1.43%)  
3  check     (1.73%)    plus             (1.18%)  
4  close     (1.51%)    settings         (1.18%)  
5  search    (1.33%)    facebook-box     (1.06%)  
6  account   (1.27%)    close            (0.98%)  
7  phone     (1.18%)    check            (0.93%)  
8  home      (1.13%)    map-marker       (0.87%)  
9  menu      (0.97%)    menu             (0.82%)  
10 facebook  (0.95%)    delete           (0.72%)  
11 star      (0.95%)    facebook         (0.71%)  
12 map       (0.93%)    home             (0.71%)  
13 calendar  (0.93%)    email            (0.65%)  
14 delete    (0.82%)    arrow-left       (0.63%)  
15 file      (0.81%)    phone            (0.62%)  
16 mail      (0.80%)    account-multiple (0.61%)  
17 play      (0.80%)    account-circle   (0.61%)  
18 info      (0.80%)    dots-vertical    (0.57%)  
19 filter    (0.77%)    pencil           (0.56%)  
20 list      (0.76%)    star             (0.54%)  

Big Numbers

The site contained 1,550,000 sessions for the year with 62.3% returning visitors. This means people are using the icon pack and coming back. This is amazing even as we've greately expanded the preview file included in the download that offers a lot of similar data.

NPM is also showing over 10,000 downloads a month. Bower does not track downloads, but can assume it is similar.

Chrome / Firefox Addons

The Material Icons Picker extension for Chrome that not many know about will get some more visibility in the new site. Maintained by @chteuchteu using the open data (meta.json) provided by the CDN.

Download for Chrome Download for Firefox

Plans for 2017

Very close to releasing the next version (with almost 100 new icons), but for me 2017 will be getting the new site online.

If you want to help view the issue tab and give feedback on the new site's features. We can always use help creating icons also, plus you could become a contributor!