Parents' Guide to

The Noun Project

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Visual language shows there are many ways to communicate.

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Is It Any Good?

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Hundreds of artists and designers have contributed their own icons to the project, and, all together, the language they're creating is quite a sight. Some of the icons are silly, like the cupcake- and donut-laden Sugar Suite collection. Some are beautiful, and others are very clear visual representations. The project itself is a huge, ambitious undertaking, and it's neat to see it grow as more people add their symbols.

It's hard to figure out the end goal right now. Will the language become official at some point? Will the site include all the icons featured, or will it narrow them down? The Noun Project, a relatively new start-up, may still be figuring these things out, too. Some icon sets are repetitive; trendy moustaches and food items pop up everywhere, while more serious icons may not get the attention they need. Practical uses include helping autistic kids communicate; a fist icon from the Noun Project was used extensively during the Occupy Wall Street protests.

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