UI icons are used to construct controls and enhance other components.
IP icons represent Morningstar’s intellectual property and should not be used to represent anything other than their established meanings. For example, the
star icon represents the Morningstar Star Rating and the
style-box icons are used to communicate the investment style of a group of holdings.
Simple, clear, and consistent icons require the rigor of underlying grid.
Icons use simple geometric shapes and 1-pixel strokes.
gear icon is an excellent example of a complex icon that is derived from simple geometric shapes. The grid guides the positioning of the shapes. Once on the grid, those shapes are refined and combined. Removing what isn’t necessary allows the icon’s essential form to shine through.
When designing a new icon, always consider it in the context of the entire icon family. For example, the
gear icon is more complex than others, but following our construction and style guidelines allow it to harmoniously pair with others.
To ensure that icon artwork is optimized to work with the MDS iconography system, always take the following steps when saving individual icons as files.
1. Create your artwork using the appropriate Adobe Illustrator icon template file. Place your icon on the Artwork layer and make sure to save a pre-production version of your file.
2. In the Layers palette, delete all but the Artwork layer.
3. Outline all strokes, and use the Unite option in the Shape Modes section of the Pathfinder tool to convert the icon to a compound shape.
4. Select the compound shape and set the fill to solid black
5. Save as an SVG.
Deselect the following in the "SVG Options" dialog:
6. Optimize the SVG using SVGOMG:
7. Confirm that the SVG file contains no irrelevant code by opening the
.svg file in any text editor. It should not contain any references to Adobe Illustrator, hex codes, or
id names. For example:
<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="23" height="23" viewBox="0 0 23 23"><path d="M20 19.3l-4.9-4.9c1.2-1.3 1.9-3.1 1.9-5 0-4-3.4-7.4-7.5-7.4S2 5.4 2 9.5 5.4 17 9.5 17c1.9 0 3.6-.7 4.9-1.8l4.9 4.9.7-.8zM3 9.5C3 5.9 5.9 3 9.5 3S16 5.9 16 9.5 13.1 16 9.5 16 3 13.1 3 9.5z" /></svg>
The icon artwork is now ready for use in MDS.
If your product team uses custom icons that are not included in MDS, you should implement them within your own application using the same SVG sprite method as the System. To ensure that your custom icons are optimized for the MDS, use the saving icon artwork as SVG process.
If you believe that custom icons in your product should be added to MDS, first identify one or more additional teams that have a need for the icon. Ensure that your custom icon follows our design approach and prepare your icon artwork using the saving icon artwork as SVG process.
Submit the icon to be added to MDS by speaking to Jonathan Duncan, the iconography segment owner, or by emailing email@example.com. Once the new icon has been reviewed, the System team will work with you to include the new icon in an upcoming release.