In 2021, myself and a small group of designers and developers, led by Daniel Burka, created the open-source icon library Heath Icons. Originally intended to replace the DHIS2 icon library, we expanded it and published it independantly for the global good for health projects all over the world.
The team behind Health Icons has grown, but in the early days of the project, there were around 12–15 of us working on the first iteration of the library. We were spread across the world, and worked asynchronously, using Figma to collaboratively design the library, and Slack for communication.
The first iteration of the library went through several auditing and refinement phases as we worked to define a visual language for the icons to share.
In June 2021, we launched the library with 630 icons on ProductHunt where it recieved 291 upvotes.
The same week, Fast Company wrote about the project and the team's goals.
Since the launch of the project, active design and development has continued. The size of the library has grown to 1198 icons, with more being added every day.