No blog or website is an island. Everything is connected to everything else. If you are designing a website or creating something that’s meant to be seen, heard, read, and shared, you will need a set of social network icons allowing users to do this. You will want these icons conveniently and prominently placed in your site to prompt action, and you will want them to be designed to emphasize your personal brand and catch people’s attention, prompt them to click. This is where options like Sketch Social Icons and stylized vectors will be most helpful.
Here are some icon sets that everyone needs but not everyone can get (some of these options are license-to-use or hidden behind a paywall). Their unique designs will inspire anyone to make sure their web design stands out.
Simple Social Icon
Social Media Icons
Vector Social Icons
Social App Icons
Social Button Icons
Why Bother With Stylized Social Media Icons?
After all, almost every website out there has a set of their own Social Media Icons. Will anyone care what they look like as long as they’re there?
If you’re thinking short term, this is perfectly right.
In the long term, however, the sites that stand out the most by their design and content will thrive. This doesn’t go for just the icon sets you use but for every element of your layout.
This is especially important if you are running an online media company or any kind of social media property that lives and dies by the attention it gets. To ignore the finer points of design (and therefore user experience) is to sign a death sentence for your site down the road.
The design must support and amplify your other content and mark you out as a notable online identity. These icons are designed to help you do that. They take a step further from the default icons most people recognize, and add a distinct look to them.
Just compare the lineup in the Social App Icons set. They feature plugins for the same sites in different colors and shapes. You have to experiment and choose with care. Your overall design will be all the better for it and will give your site a sense of identity.
If you get that, you are ahead of all the millions of sites that die unconnected and neglected.
Social Circle Icons Vector
Doodle Social Icons
Social Email Icons
Flat Social Icons
Glossy Social Icons
How to Use These Icons
Each of these icon sets were expertly crafted to do what all good icons must do—and more.
- They must give the user an immediate sense of what they stand for and help them navigate with ease.
- They must also work with your existing layout and add to whatever your design strategy is.
- Good icons are versatile, and you can see how these icons will look great as website plugins or as Desktop Icons.
As vectors, these icons can be rescaled to any size without loss of quality. How you use them is up to you. Most of the hard work has already been done; you only have to evaluate what you’ve got going with your existing overall design and choose a set that will best suit your needs.
If using for commercial projects, certain licensing restrictions may apply.