Announcing the International

Foodicons Challenge.

Beginning in December 2020, Adobe, The Lexicon, Noun Project, and AIGA will host a series of five monthly challenges for designers to develop a shared, open-source, and royalty-free iconographic language of food to be unveiled at the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.

Are you a designer interested in joining the challenge? Sign up here.

How it works

The Foodicons Challenge will develop a cooperatively-built visual language for over 500 core concepts to explain our food system. Final selections will be publicly released at the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021, then posted permanently on The Noun Project as a free resource for all to use.

By entering, all entrants (designers) retain ownership of their work, whether used or not in the final set of icons. Additionally, entrants whose icons are accepted into the final icon family, posted to The Noun Project, grant a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide right Foodicons.org and those who download the icons from The Noun Project to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, promote, publish, and otherwise use the entrant’s submission and/or its contents in any way and in any media for educational, promotional, and/or any other purposes (including commercial uses), under the Creative Commons 4.0 BY license, without having to seek permission from, and without consideration or notification to any participant or any third party. Entrants also agree that the entry may, at Foodicons.org‘s sole discretion, be posted online at the contest website and/or any other website as determined by Foodicons.org, for visitors to the website(s) to view, download, and use as they see fit.

The icon set will provide food system professionals with an effective way to communicate with colleagues, organizations, and the public. The goal is to not only to provide people with greater food literacy, but also make the food system more transparent.

The icon set will provide food system professionals with an effective way to communicate with colleagues, organizations, and the public. The goal is to not only to provide people with greater food literacy, but also make the food system more transparent.

Using design guidelines specifically developed for the challenges, designers worldwide are invited to submit icon designs for hundreds of terms selected by the Foodicon’s international committee of food experts. The icons will depict everything from basic elements like water, rice, and gluten, to more complex concepts like no-till farming, plant-forward diets, and appropriate technology.

Using design guidelines specifically developed for the challenges, designers worldwide are invited to submit icon designs for hundreds of terms selected by the Foodicon’s international committee of food experts. The icons will depict everything from basic elements like water, rice, and gluten, to more complex concepts like no-till farming, plant-forward diets, and appropriate technology.

Select Term

Choose one or more of 400+ available terms.

Sketch

Do some research and start sketching.

Common Shapes

Use your library to review existing metaphors, that you could get inspired or use in your design.

Select Hexagon Style

Design with Hexagon styles with different meanings.

Create Inner Element

Do not apply more than 2 or 3 elements.

Share for Review

Share your work for the first feedback round and await response from the food experts.

GET INSPIRED

Are you a designer interested in joining the challenge? Sign up here.

By entering, all entrants (designers) retain ownership of their work, whether used or not in the final set of icons. Additionally, entrants whose icons are accepted into the final icon family, posted to The Noun Project, grant a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide right Foodicons.org and those who download the icons from The Noun Project to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, promote, publish, and otherwise use the entrant’s submission and/or its contents in any way and in any media for educational, promotional, and/or any other purposes (including commercial uses), under the Creative Commons 4.0 BY license, without having to seek permission from, and without consideration or notification to any participant or any third party. Entrants also agree that the entry may, at Foodicons.org‘s sole discretion, be posted online at the contest website and/or any other website as determined by Foodicons.org, for visitors to the website(s) to view, download, and use as they see fit.

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