Splendid Symbols Shared at 'The Noun Project'

Love this site http://thenounproject.com/ - an open collection of user generated icons and symbols that are downloadable, free, useful and generally rather good.

The Noun Project Mission
“sharing, celebrating and enhancing the world's visual language”

The Noun Project collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world's visual language, so they may share them in a fun and meaningful way.

FREE
The symbols on the site are and always will remain free. They believe symbols can not be effectively shared with the world if they are not free.

SIMPLE
Everyone likes simplicity. They want you to be able to come to their site and effortlessly find and obtain what they're are looking for. Simple as that.

FUN
They think a language that can be understood by all cultures and people is a pretty amazing thing. They also think their symbols and the objects or ideas they represent are works of art worth celebrating.

HIGHEST QUALITY
They get excited about things like scale, proportion, and shape. They are committed to design and quality in everything they do.

Found via http://www.presentandcorrect.com/blog/

IBM 'Smarter Planet' Brand + Original IBM Brand by Paul Rand

IBM 'Smarter Planet' Branding

Office SF http://www.visitoffice.com/main.html  collaborated with Ogilvy and Mather http://www.ogilvy.com/ for a Paul Rand inspired visual style for IBM's Smarter Planet Project http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ - the results are bold, colourful and stunning taking inspiration from Paul Rand's original IBM graphic heritage (see below).

Animated: http://www-03.ibm.com/innovation/us/smarterplanet/index.shtml#/midsized_busin...

Digital Signage: http://www.lushconcepts.com/our-work/ibm-smarter-planet/#1

Found via: http://www.designworklife.com/?p=16063 and http://allanpeters.blogspot.com/2010/06/ibm-smarter-planet.html

Featuring work from: http://www.non-format.com/showcase/ibm-smarter-planet/1/ - and website blogged on: http://www.isuriato.com/blog/index.php/2009/06/ibms-smarter-planet/

IBM Original Branding by Paul Rand

1993 Interview with Steve Jobs on Paul Rand

More on the Paul Rand tribute site: http://www.paul-rand.com/

Good reference in this Paul Rand Flickr set - http://www.flickr.com/photos/20745656@N00/sets/72157603921499642/with/2409471... and Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/paul_rand_design/