Made by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, The Curator’s Code is defined as “a suggested system for honoring the creative and intellectual labor of information discovery by making attribution consistent and codified, celebrating authors and creators, and also respecting those who discover and amplify their work.”
The focus here is to give credit, and it consists of two Unicode characters: ᔥ “indicates a link of direct discovery” (emphasis on “direct”) and ↬ “indicates a link of indirect discovery, story lead, or inspiration” (emphasis on “indirect”). Design Feast began displaying these symbols of The Curator’s Code—with each newly discovered creative voice and project—on February 15, 2013.
Aligned to The Curator’s Code, Design Feast “honors discovery.”
Using The Curator’s Code
When Maria Popova, the brainpower behind Brain Pickings, released The Curator’s Code on March 9, 2012, I hastened to use it.