I participated in Iconathon an event sponsored by The Noun Project and Cree – a local LED lighting manufacturer. The goal was to brainstorm icons that could represent LED lights and other energy efficient symbols. It was a great event put together by Ginny Skalski – someone I started following on Twitter when I first moved to Raleigh two years ago. It was great to meet her and find out more about her role as a social media specialist. I could see definitely seemyself doing a job like Ginny’s after I graduate.
The day’s events were really informative and I learned a lot about energy efficient lighting as well as more effective ways to create icons. We were paired at a table with someone who works as an engineer at Cree, so we got a lot of good insight about how LEDs work and how we could best represent them. Earlier last semester I struggled with a project where I needed to create a symbol/logo for a PSA on energy efficiency – so this event was really perfect for reframing the way I create icons.
I found the Noun Project’s presentation to be really interesting. They gave helpful tips about how to develop icons that I honestly never thought about before. The way past participants used of negative space was really creative and effective. I love this icon for lungs and the respiratory system.
The icons we created during Cree Iconathon probably won’t be on the website for a while, but check out the icons from past Iconathon’s here. The cool thing is all the icons on the Noun Project’s site are public domain. They have so many awesome icons that anyone can use.