Image sprites, a bandwidth and server trip saver
Earlier I kind of dismissed image-based icons as a thing of the past. It’s actually not. My preference of course is to use icon fonts, but if you haven't guessed already, like regular fonts, icon fonts are not multi-color, and do not provide the full design possibilities found in image-based icons:
So if you plan to use them, it's . . .
Using icon fonts to give your website a more polished look
Icons give a website a really nice touch, and they pack a lot of design punch. You've heard the expression, "a picture is worth a 1000 words." Icons certainly express a lot, and usually within a tiny 16-pixel by 16-pixel area.
Back in the day we used to use images for icons, but this slowed down the user experience – each image . . .