EDG – Icon system

The forward-looking disposal company EDG commissioned a campaign to encourage people to sort their waste. The aim is to explain what can be recycled in the future, how to sort refuse properly and which services are offered by EDG. To make sure the message reaches people from many different countries of origin, the challenge is to use as little text as possible.

We created icons to symbolise characteristic types of rubbish from various categories. The system, which features more than 80 different icons, is used on a whole range of communication media: the icons serve as explanations and guidance on vehicles and containers, at recycling centres, on exhibition stands and in information brochures.

We developed: an icon system for use on vehicles, containers, depot skips, at recycling centres, on exhibition stands, in brochures, on posters and on the website

Client: EDG – Dortmund, DE

Industry: Waste management

Awards: iF design award, red dot design award, nominated: German Design award