No we are not talking about image icons i.e. movie stars or models. Here we are dealing with those small little symbols that appear on a digital screen and which help make the user’s navigation both easier and enjoyable.
For a consistent overall look and to ensure that you are adhering to one theme it is very necessary that you use the same types of icons throughout the website.
Using a square black Facebook icon alongside a colored oval shaped Twitter icon looks out of sync and unprofessional.
Your icons should match in type and design.
To help you out we have collected 20 sets of icons which you can use.
1) Grey Icons
This is a set of grey and white colored icons. As the image above shows this set has grey icons over white background, dark grey icons over light grey background and grey colored icons on grey colored background marked with white sketches.
Say hello to our good old friend – social media. Which website doesn’t have a social media presence nowadays? You will need social media icons to link to your profiles there.
As you can see these icons are paper based. Notice the small flip in the down right corner?
These icons are ideal for business based websites. As you can see these icons cover a number of different shapes. You have floppy disk, telephone, a locked lock, an unlocked lock, a watch dial, etc.
Google Plus proved to be a game changer when it appeared on the social media front. The fact that your profile picture will be displayed in Google search results, next to the web page related to you, was the feature that set it apart from other social media sites.
This icons set contains different icons of the Google Plus logo.
WordPress is the way to go if you intend serious blogging business. Free platforms like Blogger and Weebly will not serve your purpose if you want to look professional and want to emit the signal that you know what you are doing.
This set of WordPress icons come in different colors so you can choose the ones which will suit the theme of your website.
Almost everybody is on Twitter nowadays and almost everybody is using more or less the same kind of Twitter icons to link to their Twitter handles from their websites.
This set of Twitter icons will help you stand out from the crowd because this set contains some out-of-the ordinary Twitter icons. Download the pack and see for yourself.
I have given you one set of business icons above but this one is a different animal altogether. Those were simple, plain and 2D icons. These are three dimensional, more real and more colorful than the former.
Social bookmarking sites are different from social networking sites. Social bookmarking means you can bookmark the links to different web pages and they all will be saved on the cloud. You can make that list public or private as per your requirements.
This cloud storage will help you greatly when you are away from your computer as you can access your articles with an Internet connection anywhere.
This set contains icons of some famous social bookmarking sites.
This set contains more than 99 icons. This is a very professional collection of icons, with black on grey. These icons can be used not just on web pages but also in print and on mobiles.
This is a large collection of black and white icons. As the image above shows these icons cover various categories and different styles.
Download it. It can serve many different purposes.
As the image above shows, this icons set contains many different icons related to computer, but the extra feature is that you can have the same icon in several different colors.
This set contains icons of an RSS feed, return arrow, play-pause button, jump to the next file, etc.
12) Food Icons
This vector image set contains cartoon images of different types of foods. Hamburgers, pizzas, soup, rice, cakes, vegetables, meat, etc.
If you are designing a food related website then this icons set is a must have.
This icons set contains logos of different popular websites. When talking about linking to a website from your personal blog, the first few names that come to mind are Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
But in fact there are many more. And you never know which social media site your client uses. Hence it is good to have a large icons pack in your toolbox.
14) Arrow Icons
Every designer needs arrows at one point or another in his designing work. Although programs like Photoshop come with a few arrows in its palette but there are usually only a handful of options to choose from.
Here is where this icons set can help you. As the image above shows this set contains numerous arrow designs hence you will always find what you need.
15) Technology Icons
Do you run a tech blog? Then you will love this set of technology based icons.
This collection contains icons of an iPhone, the Apple logo, a floppy disk, a folder, CDs, etc.
I know I have already included website icons in my list but this set is different. This icons set contains the logos of popular websites engraved on metals. This is a new and classy look and sure to please your audience.
17) Mobile App Icons
This set contains a lot of icons which can be used as apps icons for smartphones. The envelope icon can be used as the SMS symbol, the headphone icon can be displayed when listening to a podcast, the four bars can be used for signal strength, and so on and so forth.
18) Game Icons
If yours is a gaming website you must take a look at this icons set. Gaming companies put in millions of dollars in producing games and they hire expert designers to design the covers. Take advantage of this fact by using these beautiful icons on your site.
As you can see from the image, these are blue colored button icons which you can use on your website to give it an enhanced, professional look. This set contains buttons from varying backgrounds.
Apple rules hearts. But not everyone who likes the company, buys an Apple device. Maybe they are worried about compatibility issues with their Windows devices, or maybe they want to download pirated songs which they can’t on an Apple device.
Use this icons set and give them a chance, along with Apple users, to experience your site as though they are working on an iOS.
I hope the list of icons set mentioned above will help you in your designing endeavors. Do leave a comment below if you know of any other good quality icons set.