In years gone by, no one had even heard about icons. If they did, they probably thought they referred to Hollywood stars and their cult status. But in 2021, icons are everywhere and if like me you need one for a client project, it’s good to know that you don’t always have to start from scratch and design your own.
That’s where Iconfinder comes into its own. According to its own website, it’s the world’s largest marketplace for quality vector and raster icons. And with an estimated 5.5 million icons to view, everything from animals, books and computers to xmas, yoga and zombies, you're sure to find what you are looking for.
What is an icon?
An icon is a graphic symbol/small picture that represents an idea, thing/object or programme. They help us to navigate and understand something quickly and are a fundamental part of good design. You find them in lots of marketing materials, including infographics and apps, as they are very effective at helping to communicate something clearly to your audience.
You find icons in lots of marketing materials as they're very effective at helping to communicate something clearly to your audience.
If you only need the occasional professional icon or graphic, Iconfinder is a good resource. Much better than stealing from Google, having to pay a subscription to other services, or having something sub-standard.
It’s easy to search and you can filter the results with both flexibility and ease. Plus, they have a good range available from simple flat styles to complex 3-D, and from black and white to full-colour. You can also choose from a choice of styles including solid, semi solid, outline, hand drawn, illustration or cartoon. And the quality is good too, which is reassuring, as they have all been made through submissions from top designers from around the world.
How to use it
What it costs
There are three easy to understand pricing options too. So, whether you know you'll use it infrequently, or every day, you can select the right option for you.
Although we have access to lots of icons and graphics via our Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, we sometimes find it easier to find stuff here. On Iconfinder all the icons are individual. Whereas in Adobe some are in sets of 30 or more, so it can be difficult to work out if they have what you need when the preview is small.
If you need an icon and want to have a look at what’s available, visit Iconfinder. There’s an icon for anything and everything that you might think of.
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