Cultural Heritage Iconathon

noun_project_191.pngMETRO is excited to announce an upcoming Cultural Heritage Iconathon to be held in conjunction with The Noun Project

Iconathons are free, hackathon-style design workshops to develop public domain icons for use by specific professional or civic communities. The Cultural Heritage Iconathon is a result of a collaborative effort between The Noun Project and METRO to design icons for use by libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations.

The Cultural Heritage Iconathon will be held at METRO on Saturday, June 1. Seating is limited. Free tickets are available at:

noun_project_8945.pngAt the Cultural Heritage Iconathon, designers, librarians, and other cultural heritage professionals and students will work side by side to create symbols for use in organizations like libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies. These icons will depict the many services and activities performed by these institutions.

The icons created will be released into the public domain to be used in signage and interactives, as well as to illustrate on-site services, Web pages, online catalogs, mobile applications, and to identify and symbolize many of the other offerings of cultural heritage organizations.  Previous Iconathons have created public domain symbols for Wikipedia, Investigative Journalism, and Disaster Relief.

noun_project_12806.pngThe Noun Project works with designers and creative communities around the world to build a visual language of symbols that anyone can use to communicate. Iconathons bring together designers, subject-expert professionals, and the public to design icons for use in specific domains. Metropolitan New York Library Council is a consortium of libraries, archives, museums, and non-profits in New York City and Westchester County. 

The full press release is available at:

For additional information, contact Jefferson Bailey,, 212.228.2320 x115. 

Library icon by Unknown from The Noun Project
Archive icon by Cris Dobbins from The Noun Project
Museum icon by Henrique Martins Godeny from The Noun Project