All about glyphs 👩‍🎨

See example glyphs, definition of a glyph, and how to make glyphs using Squigl.

What is a Glyph?

We use glyphs here at Squigl to represent ideas.  They can be icons, pictograms, hand-drawn characters, emojis, and more.  Here are the most common type of glyphs found in Squigl:

Untitled design (14)

Glyphs can be used to share an idea with your audience, to enhance the script visually, or to expand on existing concepts within the script.  They are a building block to help you create with Squigl.

 

Where do Glyphs come from?


The majority of the glyphs in Squigl are user-generated, meaning they were drawn and contributed by members of our community.  This is why you may notice a wide range of quality and artistic style in the glyph library.  

Our creative services staff can also create glyphs for you!

Why do Glyphs look the way they do?


Glyphs must be inherently simple and easy to understand. Simplicity  is how language is developed and meanings are shared. Squigl users create in this genre because it has a higher impact than alternatives and is more universal, inclusive, and effective.

There is higher impact and the content can become a story. This is how  it's users become storytellers, and in turn those storytellers  become more persuasive, effective, and trustworthy in their communications compared to benchmark alternatives. 


Can I make a Glyph?


Yes please!  We have hundreds of thousands of user-generated glyphs - all because of users like you!  Squiglers who spend time customizing their glyphs and storyboards end up with the coolest videos and also have the most fun using the platform.

PRO TIP Our data has shown Squigl projects with customized glyphs perform the best.

Here  are three  techniques for making glyphs:

 

  1. Mouse, touchpad, or trackball.  Use your mouse, touchpad, or trackball to draw on the glyph canvas (shown above)
  2. Tablet or touch screen.  With or without a stylus. You can use products like iPad or Microsoft Surface for great control.
  3. Graphic Tablets.  Like a Wacom Intuos Pro (pictured below) or other similar digital tablet.
    wacom intuos pro overview gallery g3

Can I remove a Glyph from my library or search results?

 

Think a glyph should be removed from the library?  Giving it a downvote will remove the image from your search results and provides feedback to Squigl that the glyph should be removed.

What if I want Glyphs drawn by professionals?


We have you covered! Squigl has a full service creative team in house and we will ensure you have the creative assets you need. Just get in touch with us through our website, email, in-app messaging, a chatbot, a sales person, a channel partner, or however else you see fit!

We are regularly producing "artist-drawn" glyphs for any number of use cases and used to working with Corporate Brand identities, marketing teams, and beyond. We will ensure you are nothing short of delighted by your glyphs!

Are there other styles of Glyph?


Yes! Glyphs which associate to keywords can  be many styles of icons. Default glyph style is hand-drawn as shown above. Users  are excited to use a variety of style and we welcome suggestion for more. 

Here are some common styles we see being uploaded to Squigl every day, and how they can be  used:

Isometric style icons look sharp and engage the audience appearing modern and relevant.

 

These 'productivity' style icons can be used to easily tell a story about software, technology, and workflows.

Emojis are always a hit and easy to relate to.

Use the power of human avatars!


There is no limit to the style, colors, looks, and versatility of glyphs.

These glyphs and more like them can be found in many places including


Once you have found (and properly licensed!) your desired icons, simply upload them to Squigl as glyphs or inline images, and you can begin to unlock more creative potential.

Want to  have an image display which is not a part of our library?  You can insert images into your video!