Favicons Episode 5: The Delicate Beauties

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The New Year’s Eve is a tricky time for designers. Some of us eagerly analyze deadlines, define milestones and refine the time schedule for the upcoming year. The other ones discover the need to update footers and copyright statements on their web-sites (by the way, have you actually replaced “2007″ with “2008″ in your footer?). Still, even on the January 1st passionate designers continue to strive for inspiration in order to come up with fresh ideas for the ongoing projects.

If the latter is your case, is there really a better way to find the inspiration rather than in a fine gallery of excellent favicons – our not that secret and very lively passion? We’ve written a lot about favicons in the previous articles. If you’d like to find more inspiration or find out more about how they are actually created, take a closer look at the following articles and showcases:

Below you’ll find more examples of an excellent favicon design; we’ve collected these delicate beauties over the last three months.

Please notice that the favicons weren’t chosen simply because of their beauty; it’s been important to us that the favicon perfectly fits to the overall site design. All favicons are linked to the sites where they are used — you can click on them to get more insights into how favicon design can be related to the layout design.

50 Excellent Favicon Designs

This time our favourite favicon is the one used on a Russian web-site called Coalla5. It’s a logo (a cute koala coala bear) cut in two halfs. Though it’s simple and uses only black and white, it looks surprising and funny, and is both appealing and memorable. In this case the idea matters more than the design itself.

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And here are 49 more excellent Favicons:

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/01/31/inspire-yourself-50-remarkable-favicons/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/03/29/inspire-yourself-more-creative-favicons/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/06/14/creative-favicons-when-small-is-beautiful/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/09/11/creative-favicons-tiny-artwork/
  5. 5 http://www.coalla.ru/
  6. 6 http://www.coalla.ru/
  7. 7 http://www.adroll.com/
  8. 8 http://www.creationunivers.com/
  9. 9 http://www.tenforce.com/
  10. 10 http://www.playcenter.com.br/
  11. 11 http://splitdadiz.com/
  12. 12 http://www.freepeople.com/
  13. 13 http://www.hypermaxsolutions.com/
  14. 14 http://www.farfromfearless.com/
  15. 15 http://www.styleignite.com/
  16. 16 http://www.highbeam.com/
  17. 17 http://www.dache.ch/
  18. 18 http://www.slidestar.de
  19. 19 http://www.scottjehl.com
  20. 20 http://timsilva.com/
  21. 21 http://labs.site4d.jp/
  22. 22 http://www.steekr.com/
  23. 23 http://www.projektwerk.de/
  24. 24 http://www.dio5.com/
  25. 25 http://tokonita.com/
  26. 26 http://loki.com/
  27. 27 http://www.dbu.de/
  28. 28 http://www.sideshow.com/
  29. 29 http://www.gabbr.com/
  30. 30 http://www.becontrary.com/
  31. 31 http://www.docstoc.com/
  32. 32 http://csstinderbox.raykonline.com/
  33. 33 http://www.kirix.com/
  34. 34 http://www.groovle.com/
  35. 35 http://www.devarticles.com/
  36. 36 http://www.overstream.net/
  37. 37 http://www.dreamworldstudios.com/
  38. 38 http://dimdim.com/
  39. 39 http://www.wikio.com/
  40. 40 http://www.opentaps.org/
  41. 41 http://graphgraph.com/
  42. 42 http://www.surveygizmo.com/
  43. 43 http://www.e-consultancy.com/
  44. 44 http://www.karova.com/
  45. 45 http://www.faces.com/
  46. 46 http://www.claritysystems.com/
  47. 47 http://www.nymbler.com
  48. 48 http://www.13strides.com/
  49. 49 http://designadaptations.com/
  50. 50 http://www.railslodge.com/
  51. 51 http://www.anychart.com
  52. 52 http://www.cozi.com/
  53. 53 http://www.zink.com/
  54. 54 http://www.christiansparrow.com/

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  1. 1

    Very interesting favicon layouts. Maybe some animated in the loop soon?

    Reminds me I need to make one for myself again :-).

    Take care and have more of this.

    Hrvoje Livnjak

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    SM’s is pretty good too. I must change mine.
    Congratulations on your success in 2007. Hoping that 2008 will be an even better year for you. SM is the best!

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    Thanks a lot for the link, happy new year :)

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    I think the correct spelling is “Koala” Bear :)

    Great list, thanks SM.

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    Thanks for the link!

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    Wow, what a great selection… AGAIN

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    @mark: nope, click and follow the link, thats how they spell it.

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    I’ve been using this online favicon creator. It shows the result as you work on it, and you can save, publish and share.
    http://www.favicon.cc/

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    Happy new YEAR! smashing 2007, coming to smash 2008!,

    Cheerz!,

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    I love favicons but these small icons don’t get the attention they deserve. Why don’t you install the favatars plugin so comments with websites shows them ?

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    Koala is spelt with a k not a c. Calling it a Koala bear is incorrect as it is not a bear, in fact it is more closely related to the kangaroo.

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    Nicely chosen favicons! Vote for Your favourites or ad new ones at the favicon directory – faviconize.com

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    I wonder when will technology allow us to put GIF icons… :)

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    wow .. :) very inspiring, thanks SM!

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    Very nice list again… good inspiration.

    I quite like mine (shameless plug, I admit). First one I’ve ever done…

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    Great collection!

    However, the link for the hubpages.com is “semi-broken” – doesn’t point to the home page, but to a 404, instead. (You can still see the avatar.)

    A bit too much CTRL-V I think ;)

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    I love this article, the colours on the favicons are useful too well done!!!

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    nice favicon Andy but ditch th etable layout :)

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    Wow!!!!! cool favs!!! Inspiring. Thanks SM.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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    I think the correct spelling is “Koala” Bear :)

    It’s actually wrong to use the word ‘bear’ too.

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    Mine is better :P

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    Great post. Thanks for that!!!

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    Small is Beautiful ;)

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    The dharma site does have a small beautiful favicon…

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    Wow, thanks guys for mentioning my favicon, but I just changed it… my I should bring back the old one?

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    I really like your blog!

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    I really like your blog!

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    This is a good list. I actually need to review my favicons having seen this list.

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    Excellent collection of Fav Icons..Keep Going..I like tht Hypermax Icon

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    Cool set of favicons. I am wishing to use favicon too. Any1 can help creating one for me?

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    Love this article. Nice favicons

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