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A New Obsession | The Noun Project


A picture tells a thousand words they say. To anyone who’s spent hours searching for the perfect icon to visually communicate ideas – look no further.

The Noun Project www.thenounproject.com is a global library of symbols made by a global community of graphic designers. It functions as both a resource for people in search of typographic symbols and a design history of the genre.

Welcoming a global base of designers has meant successfully communicating ideas through imagery regardless of language barriers.

Nearly 1 million designs.

Welcoming a global base of designers has meant successfully communicating ideas through imagery regardless of language barriers. This has created a huge repertoire (nearly 1 million icons at last count) and growing. Around since 2010 I wonder why I’ve only heard of them now. Never fear – I’ve been making up for lost time searching this universal language, pictorial smorgasbord.

Jon snow icon - The Noun Project

Jon Snow by By Nive Kekre

Let’s call it “research”.

It’s easy to get sidetracked. I’ve spent waaaay too much time “researching” random icons. Last searches (in no particular order):

  1. Game of Thrones – because GoT.
  2. Hipster.
  3. Chocolate (today is world chocolate day!).
  4. Entrepreneur.
  5. Superhero (I have a 5 year old son – this subject and dinosaurs are highly regarded).
  6. Iconic landmarks.

Iconic landmark icons - The Noun Project

“Iconic Landmarks” (some of 13180 search results!)

Downloading from or contributing to the project.

Using the icons is easy with both both FREE (creative commons) and paid (royalty free) memberships available. Royalty Free access is extremely reasonable with perks including the ability to download the icon in any colour.

Fancy contributing to the project with designs of your own?Luna Park icon challenge - The Noun Project

You can rest assured they look after their community too. Icon creators are rewarded by recognition for their work and earn $’s when someone purchases their designs. They’ve got a solid design handbook and examples to help you along the way.

Graphic challenge.

Search “iconic landmarks”.  Being a Sydneysider, I reckon there’s room for Luna Park.

nb. I also searched “Cat Lady” out of pure curiosity (obvs). It appears there’s an opening there too. I’ll just leave this here…

icon inspiration?


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