Icon Design: Creating Pictograms with Purpose

Edward Boatman, Co-founder, Noun Project

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11 Videos (43m)
    • Introduction

    • Project

    • Why is Visual Communication Important?

    • Semiotics

    • Selecting Your Sign's Concept

    • Establishing the Tone of Your Sign

    • Examples for Inspiration

    • Sketching

    • Building Your Illustrator File

    • DIY Signmaking

    • Conclusion

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About This Class

Ever get annoyed at your housemates for leaving dirty dishes in the sink? Or want to change something about your surroundings using visual communication? This 45-minute class with the co-founder of the Noun Project — a crowdsourced visual dictionary of 150,000+ icons — will teach you how to design your own "KindSign" based on your environment and beliefs.

From concept to context, sketching to vectoring, and even some DIY tips and tricks to build a physical version of your finished piece, you’ll walk away from this class with a fun, custom icon that creates action. This iconography course is perfect for graphic designers, web designers, art directors, and illustrators who want to put some purpose in their pictograms, and ultimately turn art into action.


Need a quick introduction to designing icons in Illustrator before you start making your KindSign? Enroll in Edward's first class for free: Illustrate Your Day: An Intro to Symbol Design

You can also bring your icons into a repeat pattern for print with the Noun Project's designer Kimi Lewis. Enroll in her free class: Designing Repeat Patterns: From Icons to Apparel and Beyond.

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A quick and enjoyable class, well presented and with some good background information as well as ideas on how to progress through the process from idea to end product.
Great class, thank you!
Excellent course which really connects us to the outside world and runs through the insights of icons and symbols in public places . Let's make some !!
David Gladson

Logo Designer





Edward Boatman

Co-founder, Noun Project

The Noun Project is building a global visual language that everyone can understand. We want to enable our users to visually communicate anything to anyone.

Humans have been using symbols to communicate for over 17,000 years because they are the one language everyone can understand. Symbols can transcend cultural and language barriers and deliver concise information effortlessly and instantaneously. They allow people to communicate quickly, effectively, and intuitively. And for the firs...

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