The ICOON Initiative
Our vision at a glance
ICOON for refugees is a free picture dictionary and android app. It is being created in cooperation with aid organisations, like the German Red Cross. Both the book and the app are designed especially for the needs of refugees and help them make themselves understood quickly in every possible situation. Each euro donated allows us to print one book.
One of a Kind
One euro for one book – Each euro finances the production costs of one ICOON for refugees book and the android app.
Your donations will be used to pay for:
We want to attract supporters from industry, politics and society who are willing and able to provide longer term financial support to our ICOON for refugees initiative so that we may make it freely available to as many people as possible as long as possible.
A small international team headed by Gosia Warrink, author and designer of the ICOON picture dictionary. Gosia is designer and linguist, Katja Koeberlin is designer, Monika Pfau is art historian and was a refugee herself. In addition to our work with art and design, we are actively involved in refugee aid and know first hand just how important language is for successful integration. We believe that „Design is not only beautiful, it also has the power to move and change the world. We sincerely hope that we have infected you with our optimism and hope ☺.“
ICOON for refugees team
text&form is a top global language service provider based in Berlin. Founded in 1996, text&form has grown organically into various innovative areas of the industry and remains at the forefront of language technology.
"The ICOON book and the "First Communication" leaflet were a big help to us and the refugees, especially when an interpreter was not available."
Deputy Emergency Services Manager
The digital language learning opportunities offered by the Goethe-Institut: self-learning courses, speaking exercises, videos, interactive vocabulary trainer and information on how to deal with authorities in everyday life and find a job.