The Noun Project Aims To Create Open Source Symbol Library

December 14, 2010

5:44 am

Looking to enhance visual language both online and off, The Noun Project is an interesting project we came across on Kickstarter this past week lead by Edward Boatman of Los Angeles, California. The Noun Project looks 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 the site are free to download and can be used for design projects, architecture presentations, art pieces – just about anything. Technology uses visual symbols all the time on the Web – mobile apps, gadgets and more, so it only makes sense to share this project with the rest of the community as it could become very useful to the design and development community.

The project is looking to grow the collection of symbols and improve the way we share by continuing to create and add symbols, and open it up to users to upload the symbols they create. They also plan to add a search option and organize the symbols into easily-accessible categories such as transportation, web-apps, way-finding, communication, etc.

If you support the project for $30 or more you can get a slick t-shirt with one to three of these hot symbols on it. So you could score some new threads and help a greater good by enabling the creation of a free universal library of symbols that will start popping up everywhere in the coming months as word spreads of this open source library.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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