Finding the Best Minicons for Web Design
Minicons have been around long enough to be so popular as to evolve into very effective elements used to attract the attention of a web user while passing a message through imagery. The true purpose of icons is to direct a user, but minicons have expanded the capabilities of these objects of art and communication over the years. If you are a web designer who is not using minicons in web design, you are missing out. This post provides a few tips to help a web designer choose the most suitable minicons to use on a website.
How should minicons be used?
Most designers find iconography to be a slippery and complicated subject unlike other areas of web design such as coding and imagery. This, to some extent, is true but it doesn’t have to be a hindering factor in using icons or minicons. Icons and minicons can easily be interchanged although capabilities make minicons more suitable for different website uses.
Minicons can be used for many purposes but they are mostly used for two purposes today: enhancing the aesthetic value and promoting theme and branding on a website and communicating to the visitors. The important factors to remember when using minicons on a website is that there must be consistency in icon design and style e.g. all must be Holo or 3D in design, not a mix and they should all be of the same color scheme.
How to choose the right minicons for a website
The more expanse the scope and set of minicons, the more diverse they need to be. Although minicons, just like icons, should have a very close conformity to promote consistency, it is acceptable to bend the rules when there is a large set of images. An excellent example is this set of minicons on Webalys that contains over 1,500 vector icons. The minicons that should be used on a website also need to harmonize with the rest of the website design, it is therefore crucial that one finds a theme that matches the minicons or vice versa.
In order to make minicons conceptually effective, they need to be easily understood by anyone visiting the page. The minicons must be standardized if possible and they should be consistent in the concepts they communicate. The important thing is that the icons you look for must attract the attention of the user to the right section and should direct them where they want to go or present the information the user is looking for. The best thing is that minicons, unlike traditional icons, are very effective in directing the attention of the visitor while adding to the aesthetic and thematic values of the website design.
Where to find minicons
I cannot tell you where the best or most diverse minicons can be found because there are just too many designers making amazing minicons every day. However, to have a look at how they look and get a baseline to compare others with, check out what Webalys has on offer.