Icon designers have submitted over 500,000 icons to the marketplace in the past year alone. That is an average of about 10,000 icons per week. While reviewing this many icons, we often spot trends and changes in that occur overall but also changes and improvements in the icon designs from each designer.
Seeing the number 1,000,000 is almost unreal. Having worked on Iconfinder alone in a one-bedroom apartment into a growing marketplace with a passionate community and a great team is a surreal experience. To me it doesn’t feel like a long time, but looking back there have been many interesting steps in the process.
In a world defined by rapid change, the creation of valuable solutions has become more complex. That is where collaboration becomes key. The value of any given service could be drastically boosted by joining forces with another existing and mature service to shape a product together, rather than spending time and tremendous resources trying to innovate in isolation.
As we approach the major milestone of passing 1,000,000 icons on Iconfinder.com, our team has been thinking a lot about the incredible designers we have the privilege to work with every day. We have learned two fundamental truths from working with hundreds of designers, millions of users, and nearly one million icons.