IBM Smarter Planet Icons in SVG format

Smarter Planet icons thumbnails

These are the 25 Smarter Planet icons I’ve collected on an internal work I did at IBM. They are smart and I love them.

They are also impossible to find in high definition or in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format on the net so I’m posting them here for your convenience.

I got these icons as many Adobe Illustrator (AI) files from Ogilvy and just aggregated and labeled them using Inkscape on one single SVG file — a much more open format and ready to be used on modern browsers too.

This SVG file was produced with Inkscape, a free, excellent and recomended alternative to Adobe Illustrator.

If you use Inkscape (which I strongly recommend) on Mac, you’ll need X11 first. I use Apple’s XQuartz implementation.

15 thoughts on “IBM Smarter Planet Icons in SVG format”

  1. Olá,

    Achei muito criativo os ícones criados, o Brain e Telecommunications são os melhores. Mais todos remetem bem a bem ao tema.


    1. Thats because your browser is trying to open and render the SVG file. It will fail because this is compressed SVG.

      Try Left-click then select to download the file and open it on (free) Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator.

      If it still fails, uncompress the downloaded file with gunzip and then try again with Inkscape or AI.

      Good luck

  2. Why couldn’t you just provide it as an EPS instead of asking people to jump through hoops just to open the file?

    1. Because EPS is a proprietary old obsolete format and SVG is the way to go now.
      And because I don’t have any software that can reliably write in EPS format.
      And because I’d like to promote the SVG open format providing desired artwork that uses it.

  3. The left click does not give me that option, so no way to access these files that I can find, happy with the format, cannot get it?

    1. I’m showing how to uncompress at the end of the article with gunzip. Just follow the instructions.

  4. After downloading and uncompressing the svgz using two different utilities and then opening in Illustrator I received an error message that stated:

    “Clipping will be lost on roundtrip to Tiny
    There are too many nested groups than allowed in Illustrator.
    The file may not open correctly.”

    Clicking on Ok, the file would open, but the icons I could see were massive in size and the layers were a mess. Half of the icons were off of the maximum sized artboard allowed in illustrator. I’ve only been able to rescue about 10 of the icons. The other ones were missing a majority of their layers.

    I installed Inkscape for Mac and then X11.
    The Inkscape icon bounces in the application bar and then quits without a crash error.

    Avi, If you’re able to open these icons can you create individual files for each logo, or at the least scale them down so that they all fit on a 8.5″ x 11″ artboard?

    1. I was just able to open the file successfuly on Inkscape on Mac OS Mountain Lion. X11 I use is Apple’s XQuartz.

      There are no layers. Each icon is simply a group of vector objects. I think this is an AI bug on reading standard SVG files.

      About scaling, you can easily do it with Inkscape. I’m not editing these icons anymore. I actually think there are some new ones that my file does not include.

      Good luck !

  5. I was able to open the svgz file with a free Mac SVG program called EazyDraw Version 5.5.0.

  6. I rarely come to comment on blogs but these are just plain beautiful. I found them after browsing an old version of the IBM website. Great job.

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