How to Name

Guide to naming icons and collections

It's important to give your icons appropriate names. Try and choose words that best represent your icons.

Example icon Name:
There is no need to add numbers to your icons' names

There is no need to add numbers to your icons' names, even if you are uploading multiple versions.

Example icon Name:
There is no need to add a design style to your icons' names.

There is no need to add a design style to your icons' names.

Example icon Name:
Make sure your icons' names are in English.

Make sure your icons' names are in English.

We do realize how ridiculous this is, being a global visual language. If you are interested in helping translate the site let us know! We'd love to hear from you.
Example collection name:
Example Collection Name

Search Words

How to make your icons more searchable on Noun Project

Search words are words that relate to an individual icon. They allow users to find it without just searching for its name. You must use exactly 5 search words.

Example icon upload:
Good Example of an Icon Upload
  • Use English
  • Use related words
  • Use 5 search words
Example icon upload:
Bad Example of an Icon Upload
  • Don't use style words
  • Don't use special characters
  • Less than 5 words will not be accepted
Pro tip for search words:
  1. Use words that you would use to search for your icon.
  2. Use words related to your icon.
  3. Try searching on Noun Project to see what other words people use.

Choosing a License for Your Icons

The art of licensing

When uploading your icons you have the choice to license them under Creative Commons or release them into the Public Domain. Your choice depends on how you want people to use your icons.

  • Creative Commons
    Creative Commons

    The Creative Commons license allows users to use your icons in their project for any purpose. They are required to either pay for your icons or give you appropriate credit.

  • Public Domain
    Public Domain

    The Public Domain mark releases your icons into the world for anyone to use without paying or giving credit.

Please note:

If you release your icons into the Public Domain you can't change them to Creative Commons.

Curation

What happens after you submit your icons

After you submit your icons, our moderation and curation team takes over to make sure they:

  • Meet our technical and design standards
  • Have proper titles
  • Use appropriate search words

You can view icons awaiting moderation and curation on your dashboard.

  • Unapproved icons appear on your dashboard with an 'X' over them.

    If one of your icons is not approved, you will see a red next to it on your Uploads page.

  • You will also see an `i` button, which you can click for more information as to why it has been denied.

    You will also see a button, which you can click for more information as to why it has been denied.

If you want to make edits and resubmit, we welcome you to upload your modified design again.