One development in web design in the last year that I have found really handy is fonts which are made up of icons which you can include your WordPress themes. No longer do you have to cut out individual fonts as images, using a font icon is a much better way to use them in your designs as you include the font once using @fontface and then have access to a whole range of different icons which can be scaled to any size as fonts are vector files.

There are a number of sets you can download for free and use in your themes which I will cover today.

Font Awesome

In a single collection, Font Awesome is a pictographic language of web-related actions. Designed from scratch to be fully backwards compatible with Twitter Bootstrap 2.0.

Modern Pictograms

Modern Pictograms is a typeface for interface designers and programmers. Designed in early 2011 for the Flatfile WordPress theme, the pictograms stay sharp when used large or small.

Web Symbols Typeface

We want creative people to spend time on creative things. So we came up with the typeface that includes all frequently used iconographics and symbols.

Foundation Icon Fonts 2

Custom icon sets that are stored in a handy web font and are coded to be more accessible. A couple lines of CSS and the right markup will get you going in no time.


Over a thousand beautifully hand-crafted icons for every possible occasion – 280 Free + 2000 more for $99.


Sosa includes the 120+ icons I have found most useful. The download includes the .ttf .eot .svg & .woff files need to use this icon font via @font-face.


Iconic aims to be the most forward-thinking icon set around based on its support of forward facing display/deployment methods. Icons should not just be clear and attractive, they should be easy and flexible to work with.


ikoo typo is a font specially developed to be integrated into an html page without using images via @FontFace (or other). Customize the color and size by css. You can also use ikoo font for your web page design on photoshop or fireworks.

Heydings Icons

Heydings Icons. It’s a fairly modest collection of 60 glyphs specifically intended for the accessorization and classification of textual cues such as hyperlinks, navigation elements and buttons.

Heydings Controls

Heydings Controls was designed as a sort of ‘expansion pack’ for Heydings Icons and covers a number of interactive controls ommitted from the original.


Font with logos of social services & messagers.


Typicons are free-to-use vector icons embedded in a webfont kit for easy use in your UI, whether it be on the web or in a native application.

Entypo Pictogram Suite

Entypo is a set of 250+ carefully crafted pictograms. The package contains an icon font — OpenType, TrueType and @font-face — EPS, PDF and PSD files. All released for free under the license CC BY-SA 3.0.

Just Vector Social Icons Set

The whole icon set is huge. So I’ll keep all versions I make around just in case the icon you’re looking for is in one of them. The main ones (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.) will be on all versions of the set.

Signify Lite

Exclusive to MediaLoot, bring scalable and flexible graphics to the web with CSS @font-face and the new Signify Lite free icon font. With this font you have 38 beautiful, hand-crafted icons at your disposal for any use.

PulsarJS @FontFace 73 Free IconFont

An IconFont with some of the most used icons used in mobile development.

Raphaël Icon-Set

This is the great Raphaël Icon-Set by Dmitry Baranovskiy converted to a Webfont. Though normaly used as SVGs with the Javascript-Library Raphaël you can now include them with pure CSS and without the need to have javascript enabled.

Symbol Signs Collection

This is a col­lec­tion of 50 com­mon used sig­nage sym­bols, pro­fes­sional designed. The sym­bols signs are free of charge avail­able as an Open­Type font for­mat, allow­ing you to eas­ily add sym­bols & icons to your sign and wayfind­ing design.


Socialico is a package of 74 social media icons, combined within a single wieght font and designed by Jelio Dimitrov.

Ico Moon (app)

Browse and select icons to download them or make a font. You may import SVG images or fonts too.


Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

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  1. Great post, Oliver! For anyone interested, I created a simple WordPress plugin for integrating the FontAwesome icon font into any theme

  2. Kim Doyal

    Thanks for this great list Oliver! I just got itno Font icons and am loving it.
    You do a great job for the WP community- will definitely be adding you to my resources page. ;-)

  3. Jaymes

    Very useful, and not just for blogs. I’ve already thought of other great uses. Thanks.

  4. Thanks Oliver , that’s cool collection. i like the most RAPHAËL ICON-SET. it consist weather icons and that’s good for me.

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