San Francisco’s Iconathon Recap

On June 30th, The Noun Project teamed up with Code for America and the City of San Francisco to host an Iconathon focused on Neighborhood Revitalization. Prior to the event, more than 125 ideas for which symbols should be created during the design workshop were submitted to ImproveSF. Some of our favorite referents submitted were Hackathon, Co-Working Space, and Women’s Shelter.

Over 60 people came to participate in the design workshop.  We were very excited to see a few familiar faces (Evan, Catherine, Hailey, Heather, Stan and others) from last year’s Iconathon!

Code for America’s beautiful headquarters

The Iconathon kicked off with a presentation by Ellyn Parker from the Mayor’s Office of Economic Workforce and Development.  She spoke about the revitalization efforts in the Central Market Area.

Dan Parham from Neighborland explained “Tactical Urbanism”.

Edward Boatman, co-founder and Creative Director of The Noun Project, spoke about Symbol Design & User Comprehension and how we shouldn’t only be creating symbols for ideas we currently see in the world, but we should also be creating symbols for ideas we want to see more of in the world.

The presentations were followed by Design Charrettes:

We ended the event with design critiques, where everyone gave feedback about which symbols best communicated each referent.

The final vectorized symbols from this Iconathon, as well as ones planned for August and September, will be released into the public domain at the Code for America Summit at the beginning of October.

Check out more pictures from the Iconathon, as well as the sketches, at The Noun Project’s Flickr page!

2 thoughts on “San Francisco’s Iconathon Recap

  1. Hi Nick,

    Sorry for the delay, we just got back from hosting an Iconathon in DC with the American Red Cross. We’re putting the finishing touches on the SF symbol set, and plan to release them this Wednesday, Oct. 17th.

    Feel free to also email us at with any questions.


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