iconnipeg: Drawing the City from A to Z

Title: iconnipeg: Drawing the City from A to Z
Project Scope: Series of design workshops that invite the public to design graphic symbols that visually communicate local civic concepts
Location/Year: Winnipeg, Manitoba. 2013 – 2014
Sponsors: Manitoba Start, the Winnipeg Arts Council, Winnipeg Design Festival, Martha Street Studio

Summary:

When you think of Winnipeg, what iconic symbols and experiences come to mind? Inspired by the NounProject and Iconathon events in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, iconnipeg is a series of public design workshop that invites the public to design graphic symbols that visually communicate local civic concepts.

The objective of the workshop was to have a conversation about how we see ourselves as a city—what we value, what inspires or enrages us—in a way that is creative, collaborative and fun! iconnipeg asks participants to look beyond the obvious and clichéd symbols of Winnipeg, to represent the everyday, enigmatic and under-celebrated parts of our urban experience in iconic form.

PHASE ONE:

The first phase of iconnipeg was hosted on September 21st 2013 in conjunction with the Winnipeg Design Festival. Participants were engaged in a creative design process that included brainstorming, symbol prototyping and design production to create icons. A stamp making workshop led by Martha Street Studio and a digital illustration 101 workshop led by Rylaan Gimby supported participation from a broad range skills and abilities. Guest speakers includeding Colin Neufeld from 5468796 Architecture and former icograda president Robert Peters.

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PHASE 2:

In 2014, iconnipeg was re-imagined as a mobile “pop-up” installation and workshop that set up at locations and events over the course of the 2014 Design Festival. The pop-up displayed 26 fully realized vector icons–one for each letter of the alphabet–to demonstrate the project concept and to help inspire the public. The pop-up was constructed out of cardboard boxes with applied vinyl and laser-cut sheet cardboard and foam core. The panel included instructions inviting the public to sketch their own icons using the sticky-notes provided. The iconnipeg pop-up was featured in the lobby of Red River College, the Millennium Library, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery as part of the 10x20x20 event.

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Photo no.1 by Justin Ladia