April 20, 2019
10:00am – 3:00pm
MFA Interaction Design | SVA
136 West 21 Street
New York, NY 10011
Many visual representations of women are still outdated.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, we'll be working 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's MFA in Interaction Design program.
Noun Project Design Director Geremy Mumenthaler will talk participants through semiotics, symbolism, and best practices for icon design, and we'll 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, we'll all 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, please RSVP.
10:00am: Attendee Check In
10:15am: Presentations from Liz Danzico, Creative Director at NPR and Chair and Co-Founder of SVA's MFA in Interaction Design program and Geremy Mumenthaler, Design Director at Noun Project
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 Many visual representations of women are still outdated.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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