Having the right set of icon packs can drastically elevate the aesthetic of a user interface and improve the user experience through a product’s journey. In this post, we will look through 5 sets of icon packs that every product designer must have in their arsenal.
What Is an Icon Pack?
Before we take a look at the must-have icon packs, it’s important that we understand what an icon is and its applicable use cases.
An icon is a digital representation of a function, feature, entity, or action on a computer screen. They are basically used for communication purposes where text, images, or audio representation cannot be applied.
An icon pack is a group of icons designed to collectively affect communication & actions while creating a visual unity in the graphical representation of a project or product. An icon pack makes a user interface easier and more harmonious to use, and inversely, a poorly matched set of icons makes an interface difficult to use.
Now, there are no set rules as to what an icon pack should embody or have, but there are basic properties to look out for when making the decision as regards the right set of icon packs for your project.
- Good contrast
- Positive and negative space
- Consistent size and dominance
Now that we have an idea of what an icon pack is and its applicable use case, we can now look at some of the icon packs that are must-haves for you.
Iconsax is the official icon of the Vuesax framework, boasting a wide catalog of 6000 icons with a thousand different icons designed across 6 different styles. Using a base size of 24 px with a stroke size of 1.5, the Iconsax provides icons in linear style, bulk style, two-tone style, bold style, outline style, and broken style.
Freely available for use for personal and commercial use but cannot be sold and distributed under another name. The Iconsaxcan be downloaded from the official website here in serval formats or duplicated directly into Figma from the community here.
HeroIcons, designed by Steves Choger from the makers of Tailwind CSS of 230 unique icons across two styles.
The first style; Outline uses a base size of 24 by 24 px with a 2 px stroke size. The second style; Solid fill uses a base size of 20 by 20 px with both styles available for download in SVG & JSX format from the official site here.
The HeroIcons can also be accessed from the Figma community here and copied directly into your design project.
Licensed under CC by 4.0.
Remix Icon is a set of open-source neutral-style system symbols elaborately crafted for designers and developers. All of the icons are free for both personal and commercial use.
Categorized into 17 different sections, the RemixIcon allows you to easily search through its catalog of designs or browse via categories.
At its 2.5.0 version update, the RemixIcon is maintained by the Remix Design team and can be found here, offering two download options of SVG & PNG.
Tabler Icons is probably the most customizable icon pack in this list and the easiest one at that. Also available for commercial use with no attribution needed, Tabler Icons allows you to easily customize over 2050 sets of icons, from the stroke to the size, and 20 different color options.
Designed by Pawel Kuna, Tabler Icons can be found here, and here or from the Figma community here.
Streamline Icons, the self-acclaimed world’s largest icon and illustrations set, and winner of the best graphic resource in 2022 by Figma boasts a staggering 121,069 icons across 27 different sets.
The streamline icon speaks for itself in volume and can be accessed via its website here or through its Figma plugin available on the community here.
Offering a free & paid set of icons, the streamline icons is certainly the one-stop-shop for whatever variety of icons you may need.
Now I’m well aware that these are not the only set of icon packs available, but with Iconsax being my go-to pack for almost every project, I can say these sets of packs are the most complete set for any design project.
I would love to hear which packs you use and which one is your favorite.
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