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Each of the categories you include in your configuration needs to be assigned an icon, or a small graphic to display to users when selecting a category. You can assign the same icon to various cateogries, or each category can have it's own icon.
Categories list with icons in Mapeo Mobile (using the default configuration):
Though creating the
.svgicon files requires some knowledge of image editing tools, sketching and brainstorming ideas for icons can be a great way to involve community members and project participants who may not have technical skills. With paper and pencils, groups can come up with ideas for icons to represent each category in your project.
If you're not up for designing your own icon images, there are libraries of images online with Creative Commons licenses that you can draw from.
- Icons are displayed as very small images in Mapeo Mobile (24x24px) and Mapeo Desktop (100x100px). Very simple designs with minimal detail will render more clearly to users.
- When thinking about size and scale, imagine drawing your icons with a marker on a dime.
- Bold and solid-color lines and shapes will be most clearly visible.
If you do not have skills to prepare the digital icon files, paper sketches can be passed off to someone with technical skills to complete the steps of generating icon files, outlined in Coding configuration.