20 Excellent Examples of Icon Usage in Web Design

By / Jul 18, 2011 / Inspiration

Here on WDL we love icons! From Icon Tutorials to a list with the Best Free Icon Sets of 2010 and a 15 Must-Have Minimalist Icon Sets, we already showcased a lot of great icons around here to boost your inspiration. Today we decided to gather some examples of icon usage in web design to show you how icons can make a difference in a layout, giving a page a nice touch, in both interface and experience. Check out the examples we got and start to think about giving icons a new try on your next design.

Clarity – Clean Portfolio WordPress Theme

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Movmt Studio

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I am Tiago

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B3 Studios

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Worry Free Labs

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Studio Nudge

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Peter Nappi

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Cake Sweet Cake

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Keith Cakes

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Grégory Sujkowski

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Clases Inglés Madrid

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Gisele Muller loves communication, technology, web, design, movies, gastronomy and creativity. Web writer, portuguese/english translator and co founder of @refilmagem & @mentaway Twitter: @gismullr

  • http://www.nettechltd.com web design company uk

    Nice collection of web design icons.. i really like “Cake Sweet Cake” web design icons.. keep sharing more with us..

    • mrigesh

      yeah right

      • mrigesh

        weay to go

  • http://www.oldworldcreative.com Evan Skuthorpe

    nice collection. some great sites.

  • http://www.tristarwebdesign.co.uk/ Tristar Web Design

    These website all show the icons wonderfully. They seem to give out the most appeal when they appear on clean basic sites with very little photographic imagery. I really like ‘I Am Tiago,’ ‘Studio Nudge’, ‘Enixel’ and ‘Syropia’. All of them use icons really well and to the sites advantage.

  • http://www.pragmaticdesign.co.uk Pragmatic Design

    At the risk of blowing our own trumpet, our website uses some nice illustration-style icons. Check out http://www.pragmaticdesign.co.uk/services/ and the dropdown menus.

    • Gabriel

      Thanks for the link, you were right a nice design.

  • http://www.boostinspiration.com Boost Inspiration

    great examples of icons in web design.

  • http://www.werbeagentur-impuls.de Nils

    Thanks for that nice collection.
    One more example with fotorealistic icon in the main navigation:

  • http://creativebranding.co Creative Girl

    Thanks for the great web design ideas! I loved the attention to clarity!

  • Mr.Gaz

    Some great websites here…love “I am Tiago” & “Peter Nappi”!

  • Simon

    My wife came across this site and loves the childlike, hand drawn icons. http://www.toshi.com.au

  • http://www.kristam-moffett.com Kristam Moffett

    Lovely stuff – I’m seeing some trends develop for 2011 that are rather beautiful!

  • http://www.medicalschoolprograms.net/ Brenne Meirowitz

    Peter Nappi’s website is a piece of art unto itself. It is one of the most stunning websites I’ve ever viewed!

  • http://flodesign.co.uk Russell Poulter

    Nice round up, thanks!

  • http://www.templamatic.com Templamatic – Lex Koff

    I adore icons as they are informative and appealing =) Presence of well drawn icons would be one of the signs of usability for me =)

  • http://www.webchemie.nl Peter Arnhem

    Thnaks for the list, i love the “Peter Nappi” design.


  • http://tomasz-dudek.de Tomasz Dudek

    i got some new ideas.. thank u very much fot this :)

  • http://www.dutchicon.com Dutch icon designer

    This is exactly how I like my icons, clean and simple. Very useful list.

  • Gabriel

    I would like to add my 2 cents. I have recently been busy browsing and adding free icons to http://www.creattor.com. They are royalty free – everything I added was free for commercial use. You could try getting some icon packs and make your own template, like the sites above.

  • http://www.unleadedsoftware.com Danielle

    We create our own custom icons too. What do you think? http://www.unleadedsoftware.com/capabilities

  • http://www.dcpweb.co.uk DCP Web Designers

    The icons used on these websites are great. Websites also look clean and make icons standout more.I like Studio Nudge, Syropia and Enixel the most.