Diversity Avatars Production Progress

Diversity Avatars Production Progress
January 5, 2017 Scott Lewis

So far we have created 340 of the 1,000 avatars we have planned for version 1 of Diversity Avatars. We are almost halfway finished with Volume 4 (avatars 301-400). If you purchased the Pre-order License (regular price $99), you should have received a notification of the latest release of Volume 4, Set 2 on October 20th, 2018. If you did not receive this notice, please contact us through the Contact Page to let us know and we'll get the link to you right away.

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When will the next batch be released?

UPDATE:

Volume 3 is now available - Buy Now ($29).
Volume 4, sets 1 & 2 are now available - Buy Now ($15).

Each avatar is very meticulously drawn to match the specifications of all of the others. We also do a lot of research on avatars that depict a specific group of people such as a nationality, culture, race, or religion. Two of the rules that we set for ourselves at the beginning of this project were to "avoid stereotypes" and "question our assumptions". So we do our best to make sure we get them right. This takes time, but we believe it is worth the time and effort.

Revised Production Schedule

We have revised the production schedule to make sure you get the avatars more quickly and to make it easier to maintain. We will start delivering 20 new avatars every 2 weeks at a minimum. If we can include more avatars, we will, but 20 every 2 weeks will be the baseline. Also, in order to catch up on the schedule, we will make sure the Volume 4 set and the 400 glyph versions will be delivered by November 1, 2018. The two-week delivery will begin on October 1, 2018, and you will receive notification of at least 20 new avatars every two weeks after that. The delivery dates for the remainder of 2018 will be:

  • September 20
  • October 1 (Volume 4, Set 1)
  • October 15 (Volume 4, Set 2)
  • December 1 (Special Release - Details Below)
  • December 15 (Volume 4, Set 3)

We expect the full collection of 1,000 avatars plus variations to be completed by May 1, 2019.

Special Release

Creating a collection of thousands of icons, all matching in style, over a period of a year is a challenge. As we iterate through each avatar and each new set we face new visual challenges and the style naturally evolves a bit. The results of the newest avatars look great but as time goes on the original avatars do not necessarily match.

In order to maintain a consistent look across all of the avatars, we are issuing a special release to redesign the first 300 avatars to match the most current style. The new special update will be shipped on December 1, 2018. We will resume our normal schedule of 20 new avatars every two weeks on December 15, 2018.

Avatar style update side-by-side closeup

Below are a few side-by-side comparisons between the Diversity Avatars Volume 01 originals and the updated versions with the new style of shading and facial details.

Avatar style update side-by-side examples

In addition to updating the faces to match across all 400 avatars (when Volume 4 is completed), we are adding alternate versions of each avatar including the head-only versions without the neck and shoulders, and a version with the avatar anchored in a colored circle.

And, finally, we are expanding the existing avatars to include male, female, Caucasian/white, African/black, and Asian versions of each design (where it makes sense). The result will be that each single design will have 6 versions (black woman, black man, Asian woman, Asian man, white woman, white man). We are aware that there are many other races and sizable ones at that. There is no motive for not including them other than time. This is a growing project and we will continue to expand the collection to be more diverse and more inclusive but the reality of shipping a product is that you have to stop drawing at some point and ship. We promise we will include as many other races and skin tones as make sense.

What this means for the numbers of avatars is that the final collection will be approximately 20,000 avatars: 6 versions of each design, colored circle versions of each design, and head-only versions of each design, black outline versions of each design. Keep in mind that some designs may not lend themselves to both sexes or all races and often differentiating race in a black outline drawing isn't possible. We estimate the final collection to include approximately 20,000 individual avatar files.

 

Avatar formats examples

Thank you for your patience.

Both Ramy and I have day jobs so it can be a challenge to stick to the schedule, sometimes. Ramy is a full-time icon designer/illustrator and the man behind https://roundicons.com and http://uiillustrations.com. I, Scott, work as a full-time web developer through my business Atomic Lotus - https://atomiclotus.net.

Let us know what you need.

If there are avatars of a specific person, group, occupation, or character you need, feel free to contact us and let us know. We will be making 1,000 avatars (as a start) either way so it doesn't make much difference for us, in terms of effort, to make one avatar versus another. We can't promise we will include your requests in the next batch, but we will do our best. Please keep in mind that this is not a promise or offer to do custom work. Any requests will be evaluated for appropriateness for inclusion in the final collection and they will be sold as stock icons and not created for any single customer or use. We reserve the right to reject any request for any reason we deem appropriate.

Below is a preview of Volume 4, Set 2. The 20 avatars shown below will be available for download on October 20, 2018. The current Pre-order package is current and contains all 340 avatars including the set below.

Diversity Avatars Volume 4 Set 2

Below is a preview of Volum 4, Set 1. The 20 avatars shown below will be available for download on September 20, 2018.

Diversity Avatars volume 4 preview

 

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