Icon #8: “Nausea”



It is never fun to get food poisoning. Nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea and cramping — it can be quite debilitating.

As you may have heard, there was a recent outbreak in Germany among 8,400 children in schools and daycare centers. That’s an incredible number of affected individuals, and even more mind boggling to think that the root cause of the virus was likely a single food source. Cases like this really make you reconsider how our food systems function and how wide scale food problems can be as a result of how and where we source our food.

I wanted to create an icon to represent “sickness” of the gastrointestinal nature. When I came across the Barf Blog’s piece on the German outbreak, I saw a little visual which you can see in the post itself. Rather explicit, no? I created a variation above that includes a toilet (which may or may not work well in certain situations or cultural contexts). As I look at it, it also doubles well as a “hangover” icon.


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