A beautiful icon font for developers and designers
We’re happy to announce the all new Androidicons icon font—finally, and only because we love you. No kidding: we mostly did this because of popular request. Truth be told, this is also our first ambitious icon font project, so we rely on you, dear icon friends, to give us feedback.
For the Web. For Native Apps, too.
In the more progressive web design community, it has already become a best practice to work with fonts, not graphics to implement icons. Mostly so for reasons of scalability, simplicity, and performance.
Native apps have been more reluctant to adapt fonts instead of graphics, but may in the long run also profit from them. Please do take this post as an invitation for discussing the use of icon fonts in apps.
Why an Icon Font?
The benefits of an icon font are tremendous:
- The icons scale wonderfully
- Referencing becomes much easier
- Styling is not an issue anymore. Color, opacity, shadows, transparent knockouts, hover effects? Not a problem.
- Using a font instead of graphics makes for smaller file sizes and better performance
- A font looks great on all display sizes and resolutions
- Animations become easy and don’t impact performance
- You don’t need any additional HTTP requests
Why does this cost me 9 bucks?
There are many free icon fonts available. Even many good ones. We made this as an alternative or use case, for making our beloved developers’ lives a little easier and letting everyone enjoy clear iconographic communication. We chose to charge you for the set because we think that good work has a value, because we spent many hours developing the set, and because it wouldn’t be fair to our other supporters who bought the set if we gave away the font for free.
If you like, head over to androidicons.com and take a look.
We’re always happy to hear your thoughts.