Iconathons are design workshops organized by Noun Project in partnership with organizations and sponsors across the country. Symbols serve as some of the best tools to overcome many language and cultural communication barriers. The aim of Iconathon is to add to the public domain a set of graphic symbols that can be used to easily communicate concepts frequently needed in civic design.
Previous Iconathons have created symbols for concepts such as bully, sustainable energy, food bank, guerrilla gardening, human rights, and many others. They have been hosted in Boston, Chicago, Durham, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. in collaboration with organizations like The New York Times, Wikipedia, PublicInterestDesign.org, ProPublica, School of Visual Arts, American Red Cross, Code for America, Cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, and the MIT Media Lab.
Besides contributing much-needed civic minded symbols to the public domain, Iconathons also bring together people from all aspects of the community. Because the vast majority of symbols are meant to inform and guide the public, Noun Project believes that it’s important to involve the public in the design process to ensure that new symbols have the highest level of user comprehension. Iconathons are specifically designed to let the public participate in the design process and to further increase their understanding of the civic topics they engage with.
Check out all the symbols created in the Iconathon Collection.