The office of Research & Innovation at NC State has requested an icon package of 25 symbols. In preparation to create the set, I decided to hold an icon workshop with a diverse set of team members to give a variety of viewpoints.
Through an office-wide survey, I gathered about 100 meaningful words that related to research & innovation at NC State.
At the workshop, we began by looking at the 100 words to help group them based on similarity. We identified the most important 25 to begin with. I put each of those words on giant post-it note and gave each team member small colored sticky notes.
I tasked them each to draw what that word meant to them in a brain dump fashion. It soon became apparent that some words had easily identified symbols and others were harder to nail down. But it gave me a more informed start to create our icon set and gave everyone a voice.
Completed Icon package coming soon…