Visual Language – The Noun Project

Everyone likes simplicity. The Stylesight Graphic team loves straightforward icon visuals and was very excited to stumble across some other designers that were keen to spread the visual word to the design community.

The Noun Project is an online library consisting of the highly recognizable symbols that form the world’s visual language. The icons on their site completely free to download and they can be used by everyone. Their mission statement is: “sharing, celebrating and enhancing the world’s visual language”.

We love the pure, simple graphic look and feel of the site. All the visual symbols on The Noun Project are interpretations of nouns, hence the name.

These symbols are things that you would see every day and recognize immediately. The site currently has over 500 simple black-and-white visual nouns in a host of different categories including Animals, Sport & Recreation and Weather & Nature.

They aim to continually add more symbols to the library and will soon allow designers to upload their own creations. The Noun Project will also be holding competitions to expand the collection with objects that need to have symbols to visually define them.

The other interesting part of  The Noun Project  that was seen at the recent Magic trade show is their new T-shirt range. Here they utilize the simple symbols to create clever visual messages that don’t need text due to their recognizable nature.

Symbolism from Andrew McCarthy on Vimeo.

Visit The Noun Project and enjoy the clean, simple world of no text.

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