Posts Tagged ‘Icons’
We are pleased to present below all posts tagged with ‘Icons’.
We are pleased to present below all posts tagged with ‘Icons’.
User-friendly icon sets are always nice to look at and useful to have ready to hand. Since effective designers guide their users' attention using visuals, icons can (and probably should) be used in almost every project you are or will be working on. Whether for an illustration, sketch, site or weblog - used moderately, icons can point users' attention to the key-aspects of an article or specific site sections and communicate the message of the site in a more effective way.
This is why web designers need them. And this is why we look for them. Regularly.
Let's take a look at over 20 free, beautiful and fresh icon sets as well as references to further free icon libraries. Some of the sets can be used for free only for private projects, however most of them can also be used in commercial projects. In both cases - before using icon sets please read the license agreement carefully; it can change from time to time.
We love creative favicons. Their beauty lies in the approach a designer has chosen to put something really unique inside of the 16x16px box. Designing favicons, it's necessary to work with miniature images, and every extra pixel can be the wrong one. A good favicon is original, beautiful and - in best case - fits to the logotype and color schemes used in the web-site. Creating them is a challenge not every designer is able to cope with. It's hard, but not impossible. In fact, many creative solutions are possible, but it's damn hard to come up with some of them once you need them.
Sometimes it's enough to rescale the logo to an appropriate size, as shown by Xpanity Favicon:
If rescaling doesn't provide optimal results, you can try to extract some parts of your logo and bundle them together, like Kijiji did.
We've collected some of them - 40 gorgeous, creative and visually appealing favicons you can use as a source of inspiration, e.g. if you have a creativity block. Images are linked; to visit the page with the favicon you like, just click on it.
You can find further favicon-showcases in the posts we've published before:Read more...
Visual design elements can considerably improve the readability of the page. Using them, you can make it easier for your users to scan the presented content and find the information they're actually looking for. Icons can draw reader's attention to the key aspects of the article and visualize the topic of the post. Buttons can be used to motivate users to some particular actions; and templates are supposed to help designers to create user-friendly interface elements right away. And whatever aim you'd like to achieve, free visual design elements are always useful - simply because they can give your text content a better visual appearance.
We've selected fresh high quality icons, buttons, vector graphics, templates and layouts. You might know some of them, but hopefully not all of them. Not all listed freebies can be used for commercial projects, however you can use all of them in your private projects of for you personal purposes. Please read the disclaimers carefully before using icons - they're changing from time to time.
You can also scan through the icons-related articles we've published before:Read more...
Recently we've selected 50 Remarkable Favicons you can inspire yourself from. This follow-up is supposed to give you some more ideas for fresh, inspiring and creative favicon design.
Favicons, mini graphics for a particular web-site, can be displayed in the browser's URL bar, next to the site's name in lists of bookmarks, and next to the page's title in a tabbed document interface. To be recognized immediately, favicons have to be visually appealing and fit to the design or logo of a given page.
Below you'll find over 45 more beautiful favicons, which can serve as a nice source for inspiration. You can click on favicons - they lead to the page, which uses the image as a page icon.Read more...
IconCool collects Icons for Windows XP. There are 16 icon sets, which can be downloaded for free. Most of them include original icons from Microsoft.Read more...
Whether you develop a software application, write an Ajaxified web-app or design a Web 2.0-stylish site, you can't get away from tiny, small, nice and extremely helpful icons, which make the text more readable and present the information more vividly. Some icon sets can be downloaded for free. But the most beautiful ones have their price - in the end, there is a lot of time, work and creativity involved. The so called Stock Icon Sets are usually the collections of specific icons, which stand for particular themes such as Shopping, Traveling, Medicine etc.
In this context "royalty-free" means that the acquired icons can be used for personal and commerical projects without any further costs. However, different companies have different license terms, so before using the icons they're offering you better make sure the license agreement is OK. In order to attract the attention of web-developers, some icon designers present free samples of icon sets for free download. Let's take a look what is actually offered. Links checked: May/19 2008.Read more...
We've all been there: sitting in front of a new design layout, we realize that something doesn't fit, is even disturbing, but we have no idea what it is and how we should improve the page. Sometimes, line-height can do the job and sometimes background can completely change the impression on the visitors - in fact, sometimes the smallest design elements we overlook can drastically improve the readability of a given text.But if your attemps to change the layout haven't beart any fruits, maybe you were looking in a wrong place. To improve the usability one can use a variety of methods and techniques - in fact, many of them will be presented in the next articles on the Smashing Magazine.Read more...
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