As proud Angelenos, we’re excited to partner with amazing organizations throughout Los Angeles to host an Iconathon for the L.A. River on Saturday, July 21st. We will focus on developing a set of universally recognized signage for the LA River and the surrounding areas. And since the symbols will be placed in the public domain, municipalities around the world will be able to use the River symbols created. Please visit Iconathon.org for more info.
The Iconathon will be held at the LALA Gallery, which supports great LA street artists like JR, Roa, and Shepard Fairey. It will coincide with Bloomfest LA, a fun festival celebrating the Arts District. We’re looking forward to winding down the day with some indie music on the KCRW Stage, great brews and good food!
Tentative Schedule of the Day
Speakers on "L.A. River":
|Omar Brownson, Executive Director of L.A. River Revitalization|
Lewis MacAdams, co-founder & President of Friends of the L.A. River
Speaker on "Symbol Design & User Comprehension": Edward Boatman, co-founder and Creative Director of The Noun Project
|12:00pm||Lunch sponsored by Media Temple|
|1:00pm||Break into groups for Design Charrettes|
|3:00pm||Group Presentations of sketches & ideas|
|4:00pm||Festivities (food, drinks & music) at Bloomfest LA|
What to Bring
We'll have an assortment of essential art materials, but if you have art supplies that you can't live without (special pencils, notebooks, laptop, etc), please bring them. Laptops are also very helpful for researching symbols during the event.
Who Should Attend
If you have a passion for designing, getting engaged with your community, helping build a better planet, and being creative while collaborating with great people - you should come!
One of the great benefits of Iconathons is that not only do they contribute much-needed civic minded symbols to the public domain, they also bring together people from all aspects of the community. Participants include educators, non-profits, civic leaders & volunteers, government officials and designers. Iconathons are specifically designed to let the public participate in the design process and to further increase their understanding of the civic topics they engage with. You do not need to know how to design or draw in order to participate.
*Image of Buena Vista Broadway Bridge by www.you-are-here.com
When & Where
The Noun Project
The Noun Project is building a global visual language of symbols that anyone can use to communicate. Our mission is to share, celebrate and enhance and world's visual language. As part of this mission, we host Iconathons across the country to add much-needed civic symbols to the public domain.