Tìngäzìk: a Retrospective – ep. 31 “Iconify”

Iconify

Expected solvable difficulty

  • 1sample+: experienced solvers
  • keywords+: most solvers

Level design

Iconify is a web framework that allows user to easily load and use icons from 100+ collections. Icons used in this question are all chosen from this library.

The idea of this stage came from 2 places. The first one is from kiki-something, a concept popularized in Japan by the TV Show Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! Kiki-something is usually delivered as a game to tell the difference of something apart. For example, a kiki-coffee game asks players to tell the brands of the same kind of coffee poured into similar glasses. The second one is simply the abundance of icon sets out in the wild. As you might have already known, in modern days, each largue UX ecosystem has their own iconography designs: Apple has SF Symbols, Google has Material Icons, Microsoft has Fluent UI Icons. Apart from these, other popular icon sets like FontAwesome are also widely used in the wild. Despite each has their own taste, they will inevitably fall into the same shape for some basic concepts. This would lead to them only having some subtle differences on some icons, which is a good theme for a kiki game.

A sample of “info” icons in different icon packs.

However, like other questions for identifying names, we have to find a standard to name those icon packs. Fortunately, iconify is a great choice for this purpose with a wide enough range of packs to standardize the names.

  • The main question is similar to the illustration above, showing a bunch of “info” icons in different packs.
  • The first sample shows 4 icons: Iconify Logo, Search, Category, and Name, which is a hint of “Search for the category name in Iconify”.
  • The second sample shows a bunch of “Share” icons in different packs, just to showcase how a simple and common action could have this many ways to illustrate.
  • The last sample spells out the word “Iconify” with Instacart, Cocoapods, Overleaf, NFC, Indeed, Fedora, and Yammer.

Expected thought process

Pickup from the hint that the question is asking for the icon pack ID in Iconify. Find and match the icons from Iconify’s database and get the pack IDs.

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