Dieter Petereit March 30th, 2017

Icons for Change – The Noun Project Shows Its Colors

An image is worth a thousand words. This is always right, especially when it comes to political protests. And here is where the popular Noun Project enters into play.

Political Commitment is a Common Task

Maybe the US Americans always thought it was impossible to get a president like the one they just got. All of a sudden, there's a person in the White House that reminds us more of Rumpelstiltskin than a president, and also acts more like the former, less like the latter. Of course, especially those citizens that came to the United States due to the previously liberal general direction will go ballistic. A chunk of these people are successful in the tech industry and occupy leading positions. Thus, for weeks not, I've been wondering why the protest is still very muted, almost not noticeable. Apparently, showing color is not really popular these days. It's also astonishing how fast the journalists that visit the press conferences in the White House can pretty much be muzzled. If this weren't the case, DPA reporter Kristina Dunz would not have caused such a ruckus with her critical questions. Especially in a political system like the USA, it is not even necessary to bow down in rushed submission. After all, Trump is bad enough, but at least (for now) he's not an Erdogan that lets critics disappear. In democratic systems, the pressure of the masses can cause change. Thus, political commitment is always a common task, and should not be left to single activists.

The Noun Project Presents: Icons for Change

The Noun Project was created as a successful Kickstarter venture in late 2010. The goal of the project is the creation of a visual language that is understood internationally, and not reliant on additional explanations in the form of words. So, The Noun Project strives for nothing less than the creation of a globally comprehensive image language. Hence, it follows the Wikipedia way but tries to tear down language barriers in an elegant fashion. Following the theory that a picture is worth a thousand words, The Noun Projects wants to create international understanding on a global scale.

Icons for Change - The Noun Project Shows Color

Without a doubt, the idea is interesting. Leaving the entire partly ideological overhead aside, this merely is an extensive collection of icons on any imaginable topic. From the perspective of the noble goal of international communication, and under the aspect that the majority of the project's contributors are not US-Americans, it is understandable that The Noun Project advocates tolerance and pluralism. The new project "Icons for Change" enters the protest and delivers modern, striking posters for common problems of our time. In addition to the provision of the material in an editable PDF format, the page also informs you about upcoming protests in the USA, or worldwide, if a campaign is being executed internationally. Using the content on "Icons for Change" is under no restrictions, and can be done completely freely. However, you will be asked for a donation for the different charity projects mentioned on this page. This is optional, though. From a political viewpoint, you may not like all the supported positions, but all of them convey powerful messages. Barge in!

Dieter Petereit

Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.

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  1. Thanks for sharing free icons website – The Noun Project , I need websites for free icons , I landed up here , after downloading few icons , will lookup into donation to this project.

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