What is the custom icon request form?

Pointers for submitting a request for an icon

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Written by Stefan Pintaric
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DISCLAIMER: Fulfillment of icon requests is not guaranteed and depends on factors such as: currently prioritized subject matter, volume of requests, and the complexity of the requests. If you have questions about custom icons, please reach out to us at [email protected] or via the chat bubble in the bottom right corner of the interface.

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Our team of specialized Science Illustrators look forward to collaborating with you on a custom icon! To create it as quickly as possible, we created this reference guide to help you fill out the request form. 

To create a custom icon, our team requires the following information:

If you’re requesting multiple icons, you’ll need to fill out one form for each. Not sure what’s considered a single icon? Continue reading below.

What is considered a single icon?

An icon is a singular, standalone image that represents a single object or idea. Any change in state or orientation (e.g. lateral vs. posterior view) is counted as a separate, unique icon.

Currently, BioRender only accepts icon and not figure requests. Not clear on the difference? Continue reading below.

What’s the difference between an icon and a figure?

While icons and figures may look similar, they can typically be differentiated as follows:

  • Icons represent a single object or idea.

  • Figures tell a story or depict relationships between individual components through labels, captions, and arrows. 

For example, many icons (e.g. MHC-I, TCR, dendritic cell, etc) come together to create this figure on the right:

If you don’t require new icons to complete your figure but are interested in 1:1 design support, you can reach out to our Creative Team ([email protected]). While this service is only guaranteed for users on our Industry plans, we can sometimes offer pointers or advice to guide you in the right direction. 

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