How to Choose the Ideal Icons for a Website
One of the toughest lessons I have ever had to learn was when I learnt that when it comes to web design, the smallest details that often hide beneath a fantastic design are the most significant. To necessitate the smooth flow of information and to streamline exchange of information on a website, a designer must know what things are the most important and how best to use them on a website. A good example is the use of different types of imagery and icons including icon fonts and mini fonts which, though difficult to create, are available online for free or at a low price. Here are some important considerations to factor in when looking for ideal icons to use on a website.
Icons need to be appealing and readable
The icons you choose must be beautifully designed not just functional, although they need to have a purpose. When you set out to find the best icons, visual appeal should be the most important thing as the icons must match the theme or style of the client website you are designing as icons, being one of the many graphical elements in a website, must be beautiful enough to be remembered by visitors and should serve the purpose of informing.
The icons chosen for use on a client website must also be consistent, you cannot pick icons from different places on the web just because they are appealing individually and expect them to look great on the website together just because they look great individually. Inconsistency in the use of icons in web design breaks the flow of information and makes the website have a generally cheap and patched up unprofessional look.
Icons must be universal
Though not a written rule, the use of minicons and icon fonts is generally accepted as a new trend in using graphics to supplement text in passing information to website visitors. It is perfectly fine to use famous minicons and font icon packs such as icons with a wrench or gear for settings, an envelope for email and a cell phone for mobile phone number. The secret here is to think of the website as a road and icons as road signs, no one should misunderstand them!
The icons must be functional
Just as I mentioned before, the icons used on a website must be functional, otherwise they would do more harm than a website without icons would. The quality and design of image files shouldn’t overshadow their true purpose of informing. So, the next time you are choosing icons, this is among the top considerations to remember.
Finally, ideal icons to be used on a website must be visually compatible with the website’s motif. When selecting the icons, ask yourself how the site will look like and what moods, emotions or thoughts it is supposed to invoke when a visitor loads the page. The answer to these questions should help you select the most appropriate icons for website design.