It may not seem much, but I was very pleased to have my symbol for ‘Drum kit’ (though they call it ‘Drum set’) accepted by thenounproject.com . If you’ve not been paying attention, thenounproject is a project to assemble world class, international symbols for things which are free to use on a Creative Commons licence.
Why a symbol for drum kits? Strangely, as far as I can make out, there is no (or hasn’t been) any internationally recognised or even half-way decent symbol for drum kit. You would expect, in these days of the Googlenet, that you could get hold of symbols for anything. But, it seems, you can’t.
There are, of course, lots of attempts at illustrations for drum kits. There are colour computer-icon types that come with GarageBand and Apple Logic. Aside from the fact that they are quite small, bitmaps, they lack the essential quality of the symbol: that it is reduced to the minimum level of complexity. Equally, you can get symbols for various parts of a drum kit, for example a single drum, drum sticks, and so on.
The particular reason for developing this symbol was a symbol font called ‘BarnBats’ which I’ve been developing to support the visual identity for theBarn, which is the church I go to in Bidford which recently moved from being based in a village hall (with all that entails) to its own building. Most of the symbols in BarnBats are based on existing, recognised forms which are either internationally recognised, or are obviously what they represent. Since much of it was based on the Creative Commons work of others, I decided to give something back by uploading it.
What makes me chuffed to bits (as we say in the UK) is that thenounproject.com is heavily moderated, and nothing is accepted unless it’s been checked for all kinds of things. Thus, it’s a validation of my own particular contribution to the visual language of mankind: the drum kit symbol. A small thing, but my own.