Icon Fonts / Wingdings / Dingbats

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in My Perspective, UX Design | 11 Comments

As a UX Designer I’ve found that there are thousands of icon sets out there.  I’ve downloaded many of them and despite the recurring issue of finding a set that has all the icons you need I always come back to the same two headaches (one new one) once I reach development:

  1. They’re images and don’t scale easily
  2. They’re difficult to theme
  3. Retina Display resolution

So for the past few months I’ve been researching better ways of incorporating icons into our web app (www.3point5.com / www.promotive.com). I’m a fan of LESS CSS and Twitter’s Bootstrap and came across Font Awesome (see favorites below). After plugging that into our application I instantly became hooked on the concept of icons as a font that are fully scalable and theme-able with a few lines of CSS.

// Icon Fonts (My Favorites)

// Icon Fonts (Free)

// Icon Fonts (Paid)

// Demo’s (Examples)



  1. Rob LaFeve
    June 6, 2012

    Awesome resource!

    • benpeck
      July 19, 2012

      Thanks Rob

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