I have created hundreds, perhaps over one thousand, of icons for maps and charts. I have decided to add a small handful of them here, and will more as time goes on. They all live in various spots, so compiling them will take some time.
As icons go, some have a strict standard, and deviating too far from those standards are detrimental to map legibility. In my icon designs, I prefer - even in these strict standard settings - to add my own unique creative mark. Nevertheless, similarities will exist among many icons due to the linguistic nature of iconography. That is to say, symbols are words, and must be easily understood. A light bulb has become known to represent an idea, an ice axe represents mountaineering, and hikers are often depicted with walking sticks. We've grown to read these symbols as such; they are "pre-attentive" meaning that we do not need to look up their meanings in a map legend. We know them as if they were words on a page. It's a pretty beautiful thing, our ability to learn symbols. For this reason, too much deviation from well-known standards would be detrimental to a symbol's clarity.
But let's still provoke change and equality with radical symbol making as well. Challenge the standards.