Icons in the Making Workshop

Workshop Conception & Facilitation
Winter 2022

This workshop put on by GRL GRP in partnership with YBCA explored icons. Icons can  establish  shared meaning among a group of people and are generally pictorial. For example, the icon of a file folder on your computer is a depiction of a physical folder. We can also think of icons as symbols that can more abstractly point to a concept or idea. In this latter sense, icons and symbols generate meaning through their use.  How an icon is perceived depends greatly on the viewer's cultural background and context. The goal for the workshop was not to create something “universal” but rather something personal. Participants explored how to co-create a visual representation of an idea.

The participants were given two out of the four theme words: OPEN, SHARE, FUN & STRETCH. They were then tasked with creating icons for their themes.  

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