I like to chat on Voxer with John Spencer. He is a great writer and all around interesting fellow. If you haven't visited his blog, it's worth a look. He also has written a children's book, Wendell The World's Worst Wizard, which my 4th grade daughter enjoyed. I am a fan of his writing, but we also share a similar taste in flat design for websites and icons. We both learned of a new website that has a storehouse of these icons that you can use for free, The Noun Project.
Shoutout to Tony Vincent for sharing this in Arizona, and showing us the WOW factor, by using it in all his Camp Plug & Play presentations.
1. Go To The Noun Project Website: and register for a Playground account. This allows you to be able to search and download icons. I decided to do a search in honor of my main homeboys, Ben Gilpin and Curt Rees....The World Cup. Here are a portion of the results:
These are just some of the great icons. There are sure to be plenty on whatever topic you choose. I think the design and style will add value to any presentation or lesson. This is the kind of design element that JTS (John Spencer) and I are fond of.
2. Download The Icon: When you have shopped around and found the icon you desire, you need to download it. You will be prompted with the following screen with a free Playground account.
Knowing how much educators make, you have already decided on the Attribution option. A wise choice, but you will be reminded one more time to make sure you attribute the designer.
3. Attribute or pay options: I think the reason for the reminder on attribution is that there are a lot of teachers that still do not give credit in presentations to the original owner. It is sad that has to happen with a Creative Commons attribution. All the owner of the material is saying is, you can use their material, just give me credit or mention the original owner.
Example: I know a person that was paid for a presentation, and used a co-workers Creative Common attributed work. All the person had to do was give credit, and they didn't. They even went so far as to crop the person's name out of the material. This speaks volumes to the character of the person presenting. It is theft of intellectual property, plain and simple.
Sharing is caring, and the noun project will lead you through how to credit the designer with your zip download. Here is a quick video talking about Creative Commons that sums it all up.
Here is a simple video overview produced by The Noun Project.
I am going to start using The Noun Project on materials for the new school year. The iPad icon at the top of the post is terrific. Just searching iPad on the website, there are tons of great icons that show swipe features, and other things that would help visual learners.
Another great feature is that if you decide to purchase the icon, 50% of the money goes to the designer. This is a great incentive for people to keep building and adding to the library. I am strongly considering purchasing a personal account for ten dollars a month. This will allow me to download ten icons without attribution and also make collections of icons that I enjoy. You can check out all the pricing features here.
You can also check out two episodes of Techlandia with John Spencer below.