Gem: Font-Awesome

Jan 21, 2015

Not all open-source projects are software or code! Here's a project that has definitely helped me out as I build various websites.

Their site states their project best: "Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS." This has many advantages over using images for these icons. Firstly they can be included with other text in-line without any trouble, no need to worry about margins/padding etc. The icons will also scale with their font size according to the CSS. Lastly (this was a game-changer for me) you can change the colour of the icons in any way you can change text-colour. This makes mouse-over responsive buttons a cinch and also means you don't need to recolor every icon on the site when you change your colour-scheme.

All of these perks are on top of the fact that you don't need to hire an artist to create these icons in the first place, they've got quite a comprehensive collection already.


Go ahead and check out the icons and maybe even add one of your own here: Font-Awesome.

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