The Plan to Catalog the World's Visual Language

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The Noun Project is a website dedicated to the cataloging and distribution of icons from around the world. Some they've taken from public domain sources like the United States Park Service (like the radio icon). Others they've created from scratch (like the bomb). In all cases, you know exactly what the icon represents and can use it in your own creations. They may remind you of Gerd Arntz's "isotypes," which were an attempt to create a visual language of the socialist worker.

The site's run by Edward Boatman, an LA-based designer. Though his campaign on the micropatronage site Kickstarter asked for just $1,500 to get the site up and running, he received more than $13,000 in donations.

The idea is simple, the execution is excellent, and the icons are remixable. We love this project. And it's only going to get better. With the Kickstarter funding in hand, the site will become categorized and searchable soon.

Via Tim Carmody.

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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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