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Not long ago, I wrote an article called The Best Places to Get Web Fonts For Your Website. In it, I noted that we’re typography geeks. I’m the kind of person that’s looking forward to getting a Typekit membership next month so I can splurge on all the great fonts I want. I read about them. I fantasize about using them on my site, because Equity and Miller are so much better” than Georgia. But that’s only one kind of font. Technically speaking, it’s a typeface.

There’s another kind of font called “icon fonts.” If you haven’t heard of them, think about the way images work. They don’t scale well. They’re bitmapped images that take up more space than they ought to. But an icon is a symbol, just like a letter or numerical character is. So what if we could have icon fonts — symbol-based fonts that have infinite scalability, cost practically nothing in bandwidth space, make sites load faster and even allow quickly adjustable colours and drop shadows? Sounds like a pretty sweet proposition, right? The bottom line is, you’ll be surprised how handy icon fonts are. Whether you’re new to them or a seasoned vet, this list of great icon fonts is for you.

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Everybody loves free. This is especially true for something of value and the icons we’ve listed below have just that. If you’re a designer or developer, you can’t go wrong with adding some spice to your design or application using any of these icons.

Click the images to visit the source. And please remember to read the specific licenses for each set and use accordingly. Enjoy!

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