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Icon Search Engine

Published 01/17/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Finding attractive, personable icons can be difficult when building a website, application or other tool. Most people want icons that suit the purpose and style of their overall finished product. Icon Finder helps by providing a search engine for over 142,000 icons or nearly 700 icon sets. Users can find suitable icons that match the tone and personality of their site or application quickly. Icon Finder also provides a few popular social media website icons. Users who do not find what they need in the free icon search can also check out collections of icons made available on Icon Finder through ShutterStock. The ShutterStock icons must be purchased to be used, but give users more options while searching. Icon Finder also invites users to submit additional icons that they created to make available to other users.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Icon Finder was founded in May of 2007. The site was intended to make it easier for web designers and developers to find attractive, fitting icons for their projects. Other users can locate unique icons to be used in place of boring, standard desktop icons on their personal computers. Today, Icon Finder continues to grow with more unique visitors and page views monthly.

What are the differences to other apps?

Icon Finder is essentially a specialized search engine that can help many professionals and individuals find icons. The site provides both free and paid icon search results so users have many options while browsing. Icon collections can also be browsed in case the user needs numerous icons that match for a website or application.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Icon Finder website keeps things nice and simple with the search tool featured prominently on the homepage. A comical green and silver robot holding a magnifying glass looks through with a single eye, presumably searching for the perfect icon. The site includes plenty of open space without any obnoxious clutter.

How does the registration process work?

Icon Finder is available to anyone who is willing to enter a few keywords and begin searching the site’s data base. This is a nice benefit considering the task is simple and really doesn’t warrant a forced registry. Users are invited to sign up if they like by clicking on the blue “Sign Up” link at the top, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form is very plain and asks for a first and last name, username, email address, password and confirmation that the user is human (by solving a very simple math problem).

What does it cost to use the application?

Icon Finder is essentially a simple search engine that offers users a better way to hunt down the perfect set of icons for their personal and professional needs. There is no cost associated directly with the site. Anyone can perform an icon search without registering. The site does not charge a subscription fee or other price for use. There is no premium paid membership available, either.
Not everything is completely free on Icon Finder. Users who decide to purchase icons through ShutterStock will have to pay the listed rate for the icons they choose. This will vary depending on how many and which icons the user decides to purchase through Icon Finder.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Icon Finder is mainly intended for web designers and developers who may need to frequently search for new and unique icons. This group would get the most use out of the site. Other users can also use Icon Finder to locate attractive icons for their desktops.

  • Search through thousands of individual icons as well as icon sets
  • Submit your own icon creations to be included in the Icon Finder search
  • Browse collections of icons available for purchase through ShutterStock
  • Perform a search for free icons without creating an account or logging in
  • Review account bookmarks and download history

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