menu

Co-Created Iconography Helps Depict Complex Notions Within Urban Communities

Co-Created Iconography Helps Depict Complex Notions Within Urban Communities
Advertising

Iconathons - organized by a collaboration between Code for America and The Noun Project - invite graphic designers, public issue experts and civically-minded individuals to jointly develop symbols that clearly communicate civic issues.

Paloma M. Vazquez
  • 7 september 2011

At a time when the our cities and country are experiencing demographic shifts in terms of country of origin of its residents, languages spoken at home, etc. — simple and visual communication may be one of the most effective and universal ways to communicate particular types of information. Case in point: cities need to communicate about basic challenges within their communities, and ensure civic understanding and engagement. In order to address this, Code for America and The Noun Project – which we’ve previously admired – have come up with a brilliant idea: Iconathons.

According to FastCo Design:

Each Iconathon comprises five hours of rapid symbol prototyping by small groups of graphic designers, public issues experts and local volunteers. Each of these groups tackles an assigned issue — like food and nutrition, transportation and democracy — and then tries to develop symbols for its key concepts.

By recruiting for a mix of participants, there are multiple view points represented — including professional designers, public issues and policy experts, as well as a broader mix of locals — the project’s organizers aim to ensure that design is not done in a vacuum, but rather becomes a co-created collaboration between the experts and the intended audience. The end result are simple sketches that volunteer designers ultimately finesse and upload as free-to-use Noun Project symbols – including appropriate design attribution. Symbols represent notions from ‘gluten free’ to ‘WiFi Zone’ and many more.

We loved this idea for embodying how even highly complex systems like cities can find creative ways to simplify how they communicate across interconnected individuals, organizations and issues. We also loved its engaging both professionals and civically-minded individuals to collaborate in designing easily understood solutions. We’re excited to see the symbols that arise from NYC’s own Iconathon — taking place this weekend, on September 10th.

FastCo Design: Iconathon Lets Regular Joes Design Icons for City Problems

Trending

Machine Printer Uses Coffee Drips To Create Intricate Portraits

Arts & Culture
Retail Today

Nine Technologies To Invest In When It Comes To Retail [Future Of Retail]

Retailers are leveraging assistive technology to help employees in their daily tasks and customers on the sales floor

Travel Today

Acura Cockpit Envisions The Future Of Autonomous Travel

The car brand has built a proof that offers a sneak peek of the self-driving vehicle experience

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Technology Today

Genetics Startup Is Working To Create A Completely Personalized, DNA-Based Range Of Products

DNA data has the potential to drive brands forward to new levels of unique product personalization

Retail Today

How Artificial Intelligence Is Enabling Anytime Shopping & On-Demand Support

Retailers are leveraging advanced technology to relieve associates from mundane tasks, while better assisting customers

Related Expert

Erica Kochi

Development, Social Good, Technology

Syndicated Today

NYC Map Calculates Economic Benefits Of Every Tree

TreesCount! maps all the greenery in the five boroughs and even figures out how much money it saves the city

Fashion Today

Create A Perfectly Tailored Shirt Using Just Your Phone

UKYS has created an application to get accurate measurements of buyers through a few simple pictures for custom shirts

Home Today

Tiny Home Robot Turns Switches On And Off

The miniature device attaches to the side of an appliance or switch to enable remote control through a person's phone

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed november 22, 2016

Digital Strategist: Why “Big Sensing” Is Key To Retail’s Future

Bud Caddell, Founder of NOBL, shares why the most capable and useful asset in any retail environment is the workforce

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Technology december 2, 2016

Why Nest Doesn't Get The Holidays

PSFK founder reacts to the damaging effects of poor email marketing

Children december 2, 2016

Robots Could Be Joining Dubai’s Police Force In 2017

The real-life RoboCops can salute, shake hands and collect traffic fines

Travel december 2, 2016

Parka Hides And Charges Portable Devices

Bolt is a jacket that lets people carry and charge their various electronics without the need for an outlet

USA december 2, 2016

Twitter-Powered Metronome Measures The Tempo Of Austin

The installation is designed to swing faster as more tweet come in

Food december 2, 2016

Yelp's New 'Yelfie' Feature Lets Diners Take Selfies

The update is designed to encourage people to attach a selfie when they share their experiences

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Food december 2, 2016

Build Your Own Savory Cheese Advent Calendar

A British food blogger has created a guide to building a different kind of holiday surprise

Fitness & Sport december 2, 2016

Floating Gym Concept In Paris Is Powered By Your Workout

The proposed design from Carlo Ratti Associati lets passengers ride a stationary bike as they travel through Paris along the Seine River

Syndicated december 2, 2016

What Does The Future Of Android Look Like In A World With The Pixel?

Google’s decision to make its own phone might have looked like a blow to the likes of Samsung but the reality is much more interesting

No search results found.