A couple weeks ago I was scrambling to get page designs together for the lovely people at Wharton. We were still trying to understand the wireframe for the home page when the talk of icons moved front and center.
Since the site will be making heavy use of navigation icons, we proceeded to find simple solutions for these. However, one of the icons was for a dedicated search engine within the Wharton community that was specifically built for their users.
I wanted to try some fun ideas like a labynith or a network diagram, but kept coming back to a prism. Of course getting the prism to work well as an icon would be the real challenge.
Here are some early efforts: