Recently I faced the problem of either creating my own 16 square pixel icons, or use others. I started looking into how other services have solved the problem, and I realized after looking at Socialthing! that the best solution is also the most obvious and simple one: Just import the site’s own favicons!
Here are some examples of great 16×16 icons from well known sites:
Almost all bigger sites out there have a favicon, so to find and download an icon just do the following:
- Enter root web adress in your browsers adress field: http://www.sitename.com
- Apply /favicon.ico to the adress, like so: http://www.sitename.com/favicon.ico
- Hit Enter to go to the adress, and there you are. This is the perfect 16px icon for the website you’ve entered!
Thanks so much for this tip. So simple but so useful. 😉