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MFA Interaction Design and Noun Project present an "Iconathon" to create a new set of public domain icons that represent women in design and creativity. 

Many visual representations of women are still outdated. Currently, if you search the web for images of “entrepreneur” or “boss” the majority of the results are images of men. Similarly, if you search for “caregiver,” “baby” or “childcare” the majority of results are images of women. In this hands-on design workshop, participants will work together to overthrow old stereotypes and create new icons that more accurately represent the women of today.

The event will kick off with a presentation from Liz Danzico, Creative Director at NPR and Chair and Co-Founder of SVA MFA Interaction Design. 

Noun Project design director Geremy Mumenthaler will talk participants through semiotics, symbolism and best practices for icon design, and participants will then break into groups to sketch and design new icons together. Each participant group will include designers and subject matter experts, so everyone will be able to contribute. At the end of the workshop, everyone will review and vote for the final set of icons that will be vectorized and placed into the public domain, free for anyone to use.

No design or art skills are necessary, all are welcome to participate. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Space is limited, so RSVP here.



10:00am: Attendee Check In

10:15am: Presentations from Liz Danzico and Geremy Mumenthaler

11:30am: Design Charrettes

12:30pm: Working Lunch

2:00pm: Group presentation of concepts for new icons

3:00pm: Iconathon ends


About the Redefining Women Iconathon Series

Visual language has the power to shape, reinforce and change our perceptions about the world. Many visual representations of women are still outdated. If you search the web for images of “entrepreneur” or “boss,” the majority of results are images of men. As the leader in visual communication, Noun Project will be championing equal representation of women by hosting Iconathon design workshops to create new iconography that accurately reflects women of today. The Iconathon series will be hosted in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. At the end of the series, the entire icon collection will be released as a public domain set. Visit the Noun Project blog for more information about this initiative.

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