ASK DN: Do you uses icon fonts?

over 4 years ago from , UI Designer at Rocker Creative


There's a lot of solutions to place an icon in user interface. For example in simple button you can do it by placing it with tag or from CSS background-image. But I found out recently that quite common solution is to create font with your own icons (or some preset) like http://fontello.com/

I can see a lot of advantages of such a solution, for example you can set icon color in CSS without too much effort and coding. Also they are retina-ready (because they are based on SVG as far as I know).

I'm wondering about disadvantages of such solution. Also if you have any experience with using icon fonts I'd be happy to read it. Maybe some good/bad practices & dos/donts?



  • Mantas MalukasMantas Malukas, over 4 years ago

    Icon fonts are great for "mainstream" projects: simple, out of the box solutions which makes development and styling easier. However if you need to design more creative,unique style product , icon fonts might be not the best choice.

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    • Kemie GuaidaKemie Guaida, over 4 years ago

      Why not? Icon fonts are a great way to deliver monochrome images. Nothing in that prevents you from using them in uniquely styled products, it's all about which icons you use and how.

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  • Gokhan KurtGokhan Kurt, over 4 years ago

    http://fontawesome.io/ is better alternative.

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