Icons have been formerly known as the religious work of art. It is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it either concretely or by analogy. In modern culture, icons are used as a sense of symbol — a name, face, picture, edifice. Today, icons are used by the web designers for showcasing their creativity. Icons are today used extensively on websites to increase user interface. Icons are very essential in almost any web design. Icons bridge the gap between user and your website. A sweet, clean, nice icon set is a perfect showcase of designer’s work and a powerful instrument to build up your reputation online.
It is a very tiresome work to prepare all the icons that you require yourselves. A lot of designers prefer to use pre-built icons in various sizes. Icons-Land is one such site which is gaining high level of popularity among the designers. As ARTATM readers, it is almost obvious that most of you are designers. Icons-Land can be something that may interest you. Icons-Land has had a lot of experience in designing high level icons for almost all purpose use. It is owned by a firm which specializes in not only icon design but also logo design, 3D design, animation design, etc.
Icons-Land.com site is built in a very simplistic manner. It signifies a land full of icons. It has based its whole site on Apple green and AO (English) with white color font, which improves the sites readability. The navigation on the site is made very simple by displaying all their icon categories on the sidebar.
“Get your Icons from our Land” this is what the sites tag line is and this is what they exactly do. You get a variety of icons made specially by expert designers for you to have a collection. The team has developed some really high quality icons for the designers to use on websites, applications, softwares, etc..
One of the most important point to note about Icons-Land is that we get the icons in two formats, Raster and Vector. Raster icons are provide in .PNG formats with sizes 16×16, 24×24, 32×32, 48×48, 64×64, 128×128, 256×256. This is pretty cool isn’t it? It also provides .ICO format on request. You can use a these icons in a variety of sets.
Another option for icons is the Vector format. Icons-Land provides these vector icons in .AI Adobe Illustrator CS3 format. With the help of this you could re-size the icons the way you want them. Surely, this is always a great option to have with you. Icons-Land has been increasing its collection of Vector Icons.
Icons-Land also provides download for evaluation process of some of the icons. These feature too come handy quite a few times.
Some of the icon sets which really interested me are
This icon set includes 74 items of modern electronic items like Computer, Mouse, Flash Card, iPhone, Software, different kinds of Drives, Network Equipment, and more. The devices are pictured in Windows Vista style, making your applications always appear great. Your customers will immediately feel at home when they start your software enhanced with Devices Icon Set under the new Aero interface.
It contains new icons and modifications suitable for every type of software and web sites. Base Software Icons offers icons that mean actions, objects and states. These icons are suitable for ribbons, toolbars, status bars, menus, categories, links, etc.
Weather Icons can be widely used on maps, weather broadcast sites, on tourism and recreation-related sites, when describing current and foreseen weather conditions.
Emoticons in new AERO (Vista) style will boost popularity of communication tool you are developing or customizing. They are suitable for Instant Messengers, EMail readers, Forums, Blogs, etc. Attention to details made these icons look great
This stylish set of readily available icons represent 74 items of modern electronic hardware such as Computer, Mouse, Flash Card, iPhone, Software, different kinds of Drives, Network Equipment, and more. The devices are pictured in Windows Vista style, making your applications always appear great. Your customers will immediately feel at home when they start your software enhanced with Devices Icon Set under the new Aero interface.
This icon set contains 60 icons that represent different sports, activities and sport inventory. These sports include archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, bicycling, billiard, bowling, boxing, cards, chess, climbing, football, etc..
Like the ones specified above Icons-Land contains many many more of such icons which could be a a treasure for designers to keep hold on. Not only these, they also provide a lot of custom made icons on your request. Their custom made icons would exactly meet your criteria along with the time and concept behind the making of the icon. The quality of the professionalism of Icons-Land can be judged by the testimonials that is provided by their various customers. Icons-Land stands out due to clear, fresh and vibrant use of color in their icons.
Drawback: The only difficulty that the site might face is the “Price” tag for the icons. There are many many icons that are available for free on the web. But for the ones who like “Quality” or “Price” could surely give Icons-Land a try.
In my personal view, Icons-Land provided icons that entertains, and one that has a beauty of its own. I would personally recommend it to give a try.