On Sunday, March 24, rounding out Public Interest Design Week at the University of Minnesota, our partners at The Noun Project–profiled here previously–will be hosting their trademark graphic design hackathon, called “Iconathon.” The Noun Project will be partnering with Minneapolis’ Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services to host an Iconathon design workshop with the goal of creating a badge system that can be displayed on storefronts across the city. These “badges of honor” will be similar in nature to the Yelp or Zagat rating stickers that can be seen on restaurants throughout the country.
Iconathons are facilitated design workshops organized by The 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…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. Previous Iconathons have created public domain symbols for concepts like “human rights,” “food bank,” “electric car,” and “sustainable energy.”