This Means Markdown

Markdown_icon

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  1. dustin curtis dustin curtis

    UPDATE: See: http://dribbble.com/shots/470338-The-Markdown-Mark

    I'm making something, and it uses Markdown. But there's no universal symbol for Markdown. Maybe there should be.

    Here's what it might look like: http://screenshots.dustincurtis.com/no_comment-20120213-111944.png

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    about 2 years ago

  2. Sam Vermette Sam Vermette

    This a good idea. Gruber would be proud, son.

    about 2 years ago

  3. Tuhin Kumar Tuhin Kumar

    This is amazing!!

    about 2 years ago

  4. Luca Degasperi Luca Degasperi

    Clean and straight to the point! I love this icon!

    about 2 years ago

  5. Hunter Hastings Hunter Hastings

    Win.

    about 2 years ago

  6. Justin McDowell Justin McDowell

    Decent, but I always think an icon should not use letters to be universally effective.

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    about 2 years ago

  7. Jason Carlin Jason Carlin

    Works for me

    about 2 years ago

  8. Gaz Aston Gaz Aston

    Think there's something in combining the arrow with the rightmost stem of the M, but I can't be bothered to open Illustrator :)

    about 2 years ago

  9. Inspired by a comment on Dustin Curtis' original Markdown icon idea, perhaps an icon like this would allow for an image without any explicit characters, while still implying the M in whitespace. This is a 30-second very unpolished idea, a little heavy-handed and obvious, but I'd love to see a real icon designer take a crack at something like this. Shrug.

    about 2 years ago

  10. Samuel Fine Samuel Fine

    Really great idea, Dustin. I'm shocked Markdown doesn't have any sort of agreed-upon iconography yet, considering how prolific it has become in recent years. I really like how your icon is reminiscent - to me, at least - of a keyboard key. Apropos. Keep polishing it.

    @Ragdoll A very good point, you've inspired me to take a crack at an alternative icon design.

    about 2 years ago

  11. Michael Parenteau Michael Parenteau

    Are their universal icons for other file formats or syntaxes? I have seen people make things to suggest things like </> for code and sometimes html.. but didn't know that there was a universal symbol. I like the idea and the execution... if it doesn't fly... you can always use the ol' file ext .md . Or, when I create systems that use markdown... I like to include a link for the unfamiliar that says: markdown formatting help

    about 2 years ago

  12. Justin McDowell Justin McDowell

    PDFs and Word file formats definitely have icons. RSS has an icon, though in my experience people tend to use “RSS” more often. I’m not saying the icon is bad or that I could do better, but it’s a general criticism for icon design, so I thought it worth mentioning.

    about 2 years ago

  13. After seeing Dustin's Markdown icon I couldn't help giving it a go and "propose" my own version.

    It has a close relation to a symbol we all perfectly know and at the same time it has both the initial M and the downward pointing arrow.

    What do you think? :)

    about 2 years ago

  14. I couldn't resist I just needed to rebound Dustin Curtis Markdown symbol.

    My idea is based on HTML Header H1 tag http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax#header . H1 tag is usually is where we put the biggest text and is the beginning of the page. I used daringfireball.net background color to color the letters.

    What do you think?

    about 2 years ago

  15. My second crack at a Markdown icon, once again inspired by Dustin Curtis' original idea. Trying to reincorporate the border as he did, I really like the keyboard key look. Still not sure about the border radius of the container or the sharp edges of the arrow, but I do like the "flying M" look.

    about 2 years ago

  16. After seeing everyone else's iterations on the markdown arrow icon concept, I thought I'd throw in my two cents.

    about 2 years ago

  17. My version. Thought process: Markdown is for writing! MAKE IT A PENCIL.

    about 2 years ago

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  19. Just had another quick idea on the Markdown symbol.

    This one has a monospace font and a text insertion point depicting that it's a markup language. That simple.

    about 2 years ago

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  21. This is combination of pencil (mark) and arrow (down).
    The silhouette looks like "M".
    (^.^)

    about 2 years ago

  22. I had to take the challenge to create a Markdown symbol.

    So my approach was this: A down pointing arrow has nothing to do with the concept of markdown except the name. Because a down arrow is strongly associated with download, I chose another approach.

    Took one of the characters mostly used within markdown the header hash‌ sign. Created the arrow and pointed it to the right, as markdown characters is placed to the left of the intended text to format. The result is as simple as markdown itself.

    And I'm not even sure why markdown needs a symbol, but here is my contribution to the whole discussion.

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