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The Noun Project

We’ve got a treat for you all this morning. An fantastic – free – resource of infographics. The Noun Project’s mission is to share, celebrate, and enhance the world’s visual language. Their goal is to collect and organize all the symbols that form our language into one easy-to-use online library that can be accessed by anyone. All the symbols on their site are completely free to download, and can be used for design projects, architecture presentations, art pieces – just about anything. They think a visual language that can be understood by all cultures and people is a pretty amazing thing.

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    Luke TongeLuke Tonge
    15th Dec 2010
    12:49 pm
  1. Great to see the disco-shower and tiny-hairdresser icons included.

  2. ithinkitsnice
    15th Dec 2010
    6:01 pm
  3. Infographics? Are you sure?

  4. JackJack
    15th Dec 2010
    11:01 pm
  5. Yes. Think it’s fair to say pictograms fall within the information-graphic umbrella.

  6. VeryCool
    15th Dec 2010
    11:55 pm
  7. It would be nice if there was a search feature, but overall a really nice collection!

  8. GlennGlenn
    16th Dec 2010
    10:59 am
  9. Hmm, not sure about this. I think I might have to agree with Always with Honour on this one…

    “…As an icon designer, [The Noun Project] terrifies me. No credits given, no universal style, a lazy, messy world.”

    Are these not just an uncredited rip off of some of the most famous icons by designers like Gerd Arntz?

  10. JackJack
    16th Dec 2010
    11:49 am
  11. Pretty harsh. It’s unfair to claim there are no credits given, when you click on an icon it seems they’ve given credits where possible (inc licensing information):

    “Designed by Roger Cook and Don Shanosky in United States (1974)”

    “Designed by National Park Service in United States (1982)”

    “Designed by Gary Anderson in United States (1970)”

    “Designed by The Noun Project in United States (2010)”

    “Designed by Dow Chemical Company in United States (1966)”

    Also, the ‘universal style’ comment is irrelevant. This isn’t a commercial project like Helveticons. They state It’s a collation of symbols, created by various designers, which are now in the public domain.

    Didn’t see any rip off’s of Gerd Arntz. Did you?

  12. Liam CreanLiam Crean
    16th Dec 2010
    11:59 am
  13. Agree with Jack. A brilliant little CC collection

  14. Andy
    16th Dec 2010
    5:26 pm
  15. i have to agree with glen on this one, no one likes ding bats, but that rattle snake is cool

    but does save folk trailing google for there studio toilet signage
    looks like a few of his in there im sure

  16. Jack
    16th Dec 2010
    7:46 pm
  17. Which ones are clear, uncredited rip offs, not currently in the public domain? It’s only fair to substantiate the claim that there is.

    At the moment it seems the creators have put together a handy little free resource of credited public domain pictograms. If they’ve done anything hacky or plagerised in some way it’s fair to call them out, however best to do it with some foundation?

  18. Tyler / AWH
    16th Dec 2010
    9:48 pm
  19. Yes, I realized after a bit that most were credited, just not the first few that I clicked – all the Gerd Arntz icons. After contacting the site, they agreed to take down his icons, as they had not asked permission for their use from his estate, nor did they even recognize the icons as Gerd’s. Hopefully there aren’t any others ripped in the library.

    The icons collated range from modern, retro and classic styles, a general inconsistency. If you plan on using more than one icon in any situation the outcome can be very messy and disjointed. Similar to using three different fonts from three different eras, it’s just unthoughtful design. Consistency is key when creating a successful system.

  20. Jonathan
    20th Dec 2010
    11:38 am
  21. Many are from the AIGA collection that is also available to download and use for free. Handily there is also an option on this one to download the whole collection in one go.

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