The Search for Icons & Icon Engines

Icon Search and Icon EnginesIf you're reading this you probably own a website. And if you've got a website, at some time or another, you have had a need for an icon. Fortunately, there are thousands of icons freely available on the Web and even some resources (icon engines) to help you find the perfect one for your Web design needs. More on that in a moment.

What sparked the idea for this post was that hosting company FatCow just launched a library of 1000 free web icons; including some for RSS feeds, iPod, Twitter and emotion options, and a variety of application commands. The set offers both 16 and 32 pixel versions of each icon which can be used for design applications, custom templates and personal use. Additional versions, suitable for desktop and Photoshop use will soon be offered on the site in the appropriate formats. All icons are available under a Creative Commons 3.0 License so you can use them (with proper attribution of course) for personal and commercial purposes.

While the FatCow Icons are great (I reviewed those available and they do look great) know that there are also icon search engines which can make short work of finding that perfect icon for your Web masterpiece. Some of the best icon engines include,,,, and

Do you design your own icons? If not where do you find these essential design elements? Comment below and share with other Website Magazine readers.