As many teams are now trying to finalize the iconography in their games, it seems like a good time to once again talk about The Noun Project. TheNounProject.com is a website that offers thousands of black and white icons for almost every noun you can think of. These icons are all part of a Creative Commons license, so you can use them for free provide you give credit to the creators. You can also pay a few bucks to use the icons without attribution, and the money goes right to the artist.

In this blog post I’m going to share with you a few of my favorite icons to help illustrate the breadth of content available from The Noun Project.

First off, I really like minimalist icons, and it’s hard to beat the minimalism in this bunk bed icon by Vishwas Shetty.

The noun I was most surprised to find represented in The Noun Project was “Peep.” Clearly creator Matt Brooks is a visionary, because this is the only Peep on the site.

Sure, I like minimalist icons most of the time, but look at this great space person by Simon Child. Lots of great and evocative details.

The Noun Project doesn’t just have generic objects either, they have a fair selection of popular figures both real and fictional. Does your game contain Goku, Ringo Starr, Mark Zuckerberg, and an ewok? The Noun Project has got you covered.


Maybe your game takes place in a more classic fantasy setting. The Noun Project can help you out there too. Among all the other elf icons, you can have just an elf ear, very useful.

Then there’s this guy. The most adorable three headed dragon ever created. Lookit her shoot her little fireballs. Definitely check out the artist Oksana Latysheva. Basically all her stuff on The Noun Project is mega cute and well done..

I hope you’ll take some time to look around The Noun Project site. You could easily pull enough art from the Project to populate an entire board game if you chose. Even if you don’t find quite what you’re looking for, it’s a great place for inspiration!

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