As our country evolves and our lifestyles transform, so must the symbols we use to represent our ideas and communicate meaning. While we don’t need new stop signs, but we increasingly need new icons to describe the new urban environment: rooftop gardens, gluten-free foods, and bikeshares, just to name a few. Enter Iconathon. Think hackathons for symbols. Six events were held in cities coast to coast, where designers gathered to create (or recreate) these very symbols. It’s aim: add to the public domain a new set of graphic symbols that can be used to easily communicate universally recognized concepts. All tallied, the Iconathon’s garnered 40 new symbols for the public domain, for anyone to use for free.
Check out the event at Iconathon.org.