ICOON for refugees was nominated for the German Design Award. We are honoured to be running for this prestigious price in two categories: Excellent Communication Design/Editorial and Universal Design. The clear and cross-cultural design, specific symbols designed according to the particular refugee situation and the non-profit character of the book, convinced the German Design Council to allow us entering the contest. Press your thumbs for us!
we are very proud to announce, that ICOON for refugees will be presented in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from May, 20th – Sept, 3 2017. The exhibition „Solution or Utopia? Design for refugees“ presents over 50 recent initiatives designed to improve the temporary situations faced by refugees. From clothing that can double as a tent, over linkable plastic floor sections for temporary shelters to our communication book. All designers’ central challenge was to devise practical, real-life solutions. The exhibition Solution or Utopia? also includes a number of projects that were submitted for last year’s Refugee Challenge. This contest is organised by the annual What Design Can Do conference in Amsterdam, which encourages designers to come up with proposals aimed at improving the reception and integration of refugees. The competition is organised in partnership with UNHCR and the IKEA Foundation. Happy seeing you in Amsterdam!
HALLO! Our new cheerful ICOON for kids-poster for refugee children is ready! Discover the world and German language with our colorful symbols, showing lots of useful items for school, living, eating or playing together with the German description. The A1 poster is made for pre-school and school children up to age 10, intending to build positive bridges through presenting items which the children already know from home and also can find in their new surrounding. It was created in cooperation with ABWAB – the first arabic newspaper in Germany – and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. The poster is FREE and can be ordered directly at the foundation calling +49-(0)22 41/24 60
We are very happy about your ongoing interest in our aid-project: the „ICOON for refugees picture dictionary“. Your great engagement, initaitive and drive also enabled our small team to print the new 3. edition of 15.000 books. 10.000 new books are already donated to refugees and aid-organisations. Should you be in need of new books, we are very happy about your message!
We are proud to say, that your work and the help of so many great and small supporters made a current total edition of 65.000 ICOON for refugees books since November 2015 possible. Thank you so much for your support!
Warm thanks to all supporters who made the 2nd edition of 20,000 books possible this spring! Since December we were able to support refugees and their helpers with totally 50,000 free books (big thanks to Paritätischer Gesamtverband and DRK!). As the demand for books is so large, we keep on collecting 1 Euro per book for the third edition on: http://www.icoon-book.com/shop/
The first draft of our ICOON for refugees picture dictionary is done. What a challenge: 52 pages with 1,200 symbols containing icons for diverse diseases like scabies, polio, dorsalgia, trauma also for headdresses (hidschab, burka) and – very important for us – new symbols for peace, democracy and law.
DONE! 23,023€! The crowdfunding campaign is over. Now 23,023 ICOON for refugees books can be printed. Wow! Our small book is getting a big impact because of YOU. This shows how much communication and understanding matters for all of you – especially now in these politically difficult situation. Thank you all for your great support and feedback. Also a big THANK YOU to our partners: The Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband, Red Cross, Goethe Institut, Einfach Mensch Sein, text & form and Startnext. We are working hard on having the books ready mid of December – we will keep you posted…!