7 Gorgeous icon fonts to speed up your site and your design process
TNW first covered the growing popularity of icon fonts back in January, and since then the Web has practically exploded with impressive icon fonts for use in Web design. For those that are out of the loop, you can think of an icon font as a grown-up version of dingbats…with an actual use-case. The core idea is to take a set of icons or pictograms that would normally be implemented as an image or vector file and then convert it into a font. There are many reasons to do this too, according to Pictonic, as an icon font can load as much as 14% faster than images and can to be as much as 90% smaller than SVG files. Now that a ton of options have emerged as popular choices among Web designers, we’ve made this brief list of 7 typefaces to point you in the right direction. Font Awesome (free) Font Awesome is an icon font that was designed to work perfectly with Twitter Bootstrap. Fontello (free) Modern Pictograms (free) Typicons (free) Yet another set of well-made, clean icons for Webfont use.
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