I love me some icon fonts. It wasn’t that long ago that designers had to make teeny little PNG icons for things like nav bars and social icons. Want it bigger? Make a new graphic. Want to change the color? Make a new graphic. Add a new social network…well, you get the idea. Let’s just say I’ve made a *lot* of icon PNGs in my career.
And then along came icon fonts to make our lives easier. There are a lot of reasons why icon fonts are awesome but there are also a few things that are kind of a hassle. You need to upload your fonts (in all the right formats) and enqueue the styles in functions.php. Then you still need to style everything in CSS.
It’s not a super-big hassle, but it can drive me more than a little bit nuts when I can’t figure out why my icons are stubbornly showing up as weird characters set in Arial. That’s why I got really excited when I saw that Fonticons was handing out beta invites for their new icon font service. I knew it was going to be good because it’s made by the people who created FontAwesome…but I wasn’t ready to fall madly in love with it less than five minutes after logging in for the first time.