# Icons in Cedar

Icons are symbols or visual expressions that communicate meaning through the use of graphics.

The Cedar Icon Library contains simple, functional icons to use across the REI digital platform to help make navigation easier for common actions.

Icons are available in SVG format at 24px, and can be displayed using the Icon Component.

# Icon Component

The Cedar Icon component (cdr-icon) is intended to consume icons hosted in the Cedar Icon Library.

For information about using the Cedar Icon API, design guidelines, and accessibility considerations, visit the Icon component article.

# Icon Library and Naming

Cedar has a library of reusable icons with names and descriptive tags.

Visit the Cedar Icon Library (opens new window) for a complete and searchable list of icons.

# Naming Convention

Cedar icons follow the kebab-case naming convention. For example, {group(s)}-{name}-{variation}-{size}.svg where:

  • {groups}: A namespace for alphabetized grouping. Could be more than one
  • {name}: The name of the icon
  • {variation}: Variations of the same icon - fill vs stroke - horizontal vs vertical
  • {size}: sm for 16px and lg for 32px. 24px icons don't have a size suffix

File name examples:


# Using Inline Cedar Icons

The @rei/cedar component package exports an inline Vue component for every icon in the Cedar library. The inline icon components are the easiest way to make use of the Cedar icon library if you are building an application using Vue. These components are prefixed with the word Icon and are named using PascalCase, for example: IconCaretDown, IconExperiencesBackpacking.

# Creating a Cedar Icon Sprite

Icon sprite sheets should be avoided in favor of using the inline cedar icon components, as maintaining sprite sheets is difficult and usually has minimal impact on performance. However we do offer a sprite option for teams that needd to optimize their icon usage.

The Cedar Icon Library has an easy to-use sprite creator (opens new window). Alternately, the icon library API also provides sprite generation (opens new window). The sprite can then be referenced using the CdrIcon component

# Contribution Process

Cedar welcomes and encourages contributions to the icon library that are consistent with the REI style.

As of our 2020 Spring Release, we’re no longer using Sketch or Abstract, and will be updating the icon contribution process. Please reach out to our User Support channel on Slack for the latest guidance around contributing icons to Cedar.

# Cedar Icon Guidelines

Sketch Icon Path Geometry
A Sketch icon artboard must contain a single combined-shape object in order to export correctly.

  1. Click Layer > Convert to Outlines to convert any layers or shapes that have a stroke.
  2. Using Combine’s Subtract and Union functions, create a single-shape group using positive and negative space shapes to compose your final form.
  3. Once in a combined shape, flatten the object to further simplify paths.

These rules are subjective, and can be bent or broken.

  • 2px stroke weight
  • 1px radius rounded edges and terminals
  • Pixel aligned for proper anti-aliasing and rasterizing

For more style guidelines, see the Iconography article.

Icons must be created at 24x24px size format. However, they can be displayed in any one of three sizes:

  • sm: 16x16px
  • md: 24x24px
  • lg: 32x32px

# Adding an Icon to the Cedar Icon Library

  1. In Abstract, create a new branch of the CDR - Icon Contribution (opens new window) project.
  2. Open the Icon Contribution Area file.
  3. Duplicate the Template (Right-click > Duplicate Page) for each new icon or set of icons. (It is ok to leave alternate versions on the page, but please indicate the final version.)
  4. Follow the Iconography guidelines to ensure that your icon follows Cedar’s requirements.
  5. Make a final version of your icon and add it as a page. Each new icon or set should have its own page.
  6. Add a member of the Cedar team as a reviewer.
  7. Your icon will be merged into the CDR Icons • vNext library and released in the next version of Cedar.

# Exporting Icons That Aren’t in the Library

  1. Download and install the latest release of the Cedar SVGO Compressor Sketch plugin (opens new window). Click Assets > To Install.
  2. Follow the usage directions for proper icon export in the plugin readme (opens new window).
  3. Send your SVG file to your developer for use with the CdrIcon component.

Note: Icons in the CDR Icons • vNext library may not be in the library yet.

# Questions or Issues?

Contact the Cedar team using the #cedar-user-support (opens new window) Slack channel.