Find perfect icons with Iconfinder
Martin wrote an article in May about IconLook, a website where you can search for icons. I recently found another one, simply called Iconfinder, and as you would expect it enables you to find icons as well. During my testing I found that Iconfinder has more large icons in the 128x128 range. It also seems that IconFinder has less numbers by number, but what they do have extremely relevant and high quality.
Iconfinder is easier to use because it let's you view License details and tags without going to a new page, and lets you download the icon as well without switching pages (this is rare). IconLook also has some good options, for example you can select sizes before performing the search, narrowing your search instantly. Iconfinder has the same functionality, but you can narrow only after your initial search.
Overall I like both sites, perhaps the best practice is to use both. Since neither will provide pages and pages of results, you can easily scan through both sites and find the best icon for you. If you know any other icon finding sites I'd appreciate you sharing, I'm always in need of some good icons!
To use Icon Finder simply enter a search term that you are interested in, e.g. arrow, file or sign, and wait until the results listing is populated. All results are displayed as thumbnail images that give you an excellent preview of the icon right on the page. You find links to download the icon as png or ico files right on top of each thumbnail representation. There is also an info link that you can click on to get more information about a particular result. The information include the designer, size the icon is available in, tags, whether it is included in an icon set and the license it is being made available under.Advertisement