If you’ve ever been on the hunt for icons you probably know just how difficult it can be to find what you’re looking for. A site called Iconfinder looks to remove the hassle of finding the right icon by giving you a central place to perform searches.
Previously I would go to this site first to see if any of the icons appealed to me, but now with Iconfinder I can choose the icon size that I want and then type in a keyword to search for. They also have a "search cloud" available which you’ll probably find useful because when I went searching for some things, like "dog," there weren’t any results. Then I realized that their selection of icons is slightly limited, and whatever you search for seems only look at the tags for a particular icon. So it isn’t exactly like a Google Image Search where it pulls in the surrounding text to determine keywords, but it can still be pretty useful.
You can also submit your own tags for a particular icon without needing to register. And if you really want to make yourself useful head on over to the Tag Submissions to rate some of the tags people have already submitted. It uses a Digg-like voting style to approve the user submitted tags, which is nice since it can prevent spam and inappropriate tags.
From what I have seen most of the icons come from Linux-related sites and are typically licensed under the GPL or LGPL. Those licenses essentially mean that you are free to use and modify the icons, but some limitations do apply.
You may not find everything you’re looking for using Iconfinder, but a lot of what they do have are high-quality icons that are very professional. Be sure to check it out and bookmark it because it will be the first place you’ll want to check for an icon.
Thanks to the anonymous tipster on this one!