An introduction to simplicity.
Icons are a fantastic means of communication. They have a way of maximizing a message in the most minimalistic way. Let me show you. Below are (2) ways of communicating the same link options.
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Icons are more efficient!
Don't believe me? Look at the options again, but first ask yourself "what do I identify quicker - the icon, or the order of symbols (that represent sound) that collectively form a word, thus providing meaning.
Ok, I spelled that one out for you. Icons are just super direct. But, which version is prettier? OK. Yeah. That one goes to icons too. No offense English Language.
Anyway, The Noun Project (Est. USA) is one of the best archives for icons in the world. They have countless designs built by creatives around the world and you can download them for free! Or, if you use them publicly, you can buy them royalty free for just $1.99. But, just so you know, you don't have to pay for these ...or thousands of others.