Now here’s an idea that made me look: The Iconathon is an initiative to collaboratively design new civic symbols for the public domain.

In August & September 2011, several cities across the US will participate in a series of design charrettes — day-long collaborative workshops — called “Iconathons”. Through facilitated design sessions, event participants will generate icons and symbols that visually convey concepts frequently needed in civic design.

Iconathon events will include design workshops and networking opportunities for local designers, urban planners, city staffers and developers who are passionate about civic design. Participants will sketch ideas and concepts during the events, and refine them from their home or design studios while continuing the collaboration process through social media.

The NYC event is on September 10th, from 11am -4pm at the School of Visual Arts new space in the Flatiron District. Register here. Boston is happening tomorrow.

More info: www.iconathon.org

(thank you Josh)