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9/26/2011

Iconathons Design Icons For City Problems

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

I've always been all for public participation in public good and Iconathons encapsulate many of the things I wish this world could work--open source, welcoming and collaborative. Best of all, I found this story while simply hanging around my neighborhood. Everything about this story feels very close and palpable to me.
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Code for America and The Noun Project host nationwide events to create new symbols for the public.
Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Cliff Kuang
Published: August 2011, Fast Co.Design


Despite a wealth of images available on the Internet, finding a good, copyright-free vector graphic is like looking for a needle in a haystack -- especially if you’re talking about symbols for public services.

That's a problem. “Our demographics are changing rapidly and these kinds of symbols help people communicate across language barriers," says Chacha Sikes, a 2011 fellow at Code for America, a “geek peace corps” that pairs web developers with city governments. "When building applications for government, we began to notice that ‘Oh! There’s not a symbol for health. There’s not one for education.’” So Sikes set about hosting nationwide, five-hour design marathons to produce much-needed symbols for public use. [read more]

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