November 9th, 2011

The Noun Project’s Attribution Requirements

We’re happy to announce that our User Submissions feature is now open. Since we’re opening up the collection for other designers to share their symbols, we wanted to provide our users with more guidance on how to properly attribute the symbols downloaded from this site.  Each designer is asked their attribution preferences when uploading their symbol.  The attribution requirements are listed in each symbol’s “information box” as well as when downloading a symbol that requires attribution.  Please note that although symbols in the public domain do not require attribution, we highly encourage doing so as a way to provide designers with due credit for their work.

Although some attribution requirements are medium-specific, they all apply the general principal of making a good-faith effort to provide the end-user with the proper information regarding the symbol’s source.  The attribution in any medium should be listed where it is easily accessible and visible to the viewer, thereby giving proper credit to the designer of the symbol.  

Proper Attribution: please list the attribution as specified by the designer in the symbol’s information box.  The designer’s attribution must be followed by “from The Noun Project collection” (either hyperlinked to thenounproject.com or with thenounproject.com written out) and should be listed next to or around the symbol in reference when possible.  See medium-specific attribution requirements below for more information.

     Attribution Example 1: “Tree” symbol by Joe Smith, from The Noun Project collection.

     Attribution Example 2: “Tree” symbol by Joe Smith, from thenounproject.com collection.

Attributing Multiple Symbols: when using multiple symbols by different designers, each symbol must be attributed to the individual designer as specified above.  If there is inadequate space to list all designers, you may choose to include a link to a document or page with the information. If using multiple symbols by the same designer (and with the same attribution requirements), you may list one attribution for all symbols with a line to the effect of “All symbols included above are by [insert designer’s attribution], from The Noun Project collection”.

     Attribution Example 1: All symbols included above are by Joe Smith, from The Noun Project collection.

     Attribution Example 2: “Tree” symbol by Joe Smith, “Bird” symbol by Anna Lee, “Worm” symbol by @spoly31, from The Noun Project collection”.

Commercial Use: unless otherwise specified, symbols on this site may be used for commercial purposes.  All symbols (except for public domain) must include the proper attribution as specified above next to where your product is listed for sale. If your product is listed online, you must include the proper attribution on the same page next to the item you are selling.  If your product is sold in a brick-and-mortar store, you must include proper signage next to the product that uses the symbol, including the proper attribution and The Noun Project’s website address written out as: thenounproject.com.

     Attribution Example 1 (Online Store): “Tree” symbol used on the bag is by Joe Smith, from The Noun Project collection.

     Attribution Example 2 (Sign at a Store): “Tree” symbol used on the bag is by Joe Smith, from thenounproject.com collection.

Medium-Specific Attribution

Applications: list the proper attribution for each symbol you use in the “About” or “Credits” section of the application.  

     Attribution Example 1: “Tree” symbol by Joe Smith, from The Noun Project collection.

     Attribution Example 2: “Tree” symbol by Joe Smith, from thenounproject.com collection.

Internet: list the proper attribution for each symbol you use either 1) on the same page as the symbol in use, or 2) in the “About” or “Credits” section of the website.

     Attribution Example (in the “About” page): “Tree” symbol used on the Home page is by Joe Smith, from The Noun Project collection.

Posters, Artworks, etc: list the proper attribution for each symbol you use next to where you display the poster, artwork, etc. for public viewing.  For a poster or artwork available online (such as on Flickr or in an online store), please also include “Created using symbols from The Noun Project collection” in the set or group description.  

     Attribution in Set or Group Description: Created using symbols from The Noun Project collection.

     Attribution Example in Flickr Image Description: “Tree” symbol by Joe Smith from The Noun Project collection.

Print: list the proper attribution for each symbol you use either 1) on the same page as the symbol in use, 2) in the “Bibliography” or “Credits” section, or 3) at the end of the article using the symbol.

       Attribution Example: “Tree” symbol on page 30 is by Joe Smith from thenounproject.com collection.

Video: list the proper attribution for each symbol you use at the end of the video in the “Credits” section.  For a video available online (such as on YouTube or Vimeo), please also include “Created using symbols from The Noun Project collection” in the video description.  If possible, include a “Noun Project” tag in the video.

     Attribution in online Video Description: “Created using symbols from The Noun Project collection” 

     Attribution Example in Credits: “Tree” symbol by Joe Smith from thenounproject.com collection.

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More information on how to properly attribute CC-BY can be found in this guest blog post by Jane Park from Creative Commons.

If you have questions or concerns about proper attribution, please contact us at info@thenounproject.com.

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