I'm using Bootstrap for a site which defaults the use of Font Awesome. So far it looks beautiful, but I started trying to find the reasons why Font Awesome was so awesome so I might compare it to other fonts available online. I am not a typography expert but I'm trying to learn more about why I might choose one font over another. From a typographic perspective what are the advantages of Font Awesome?
closed as off-topic by Matt Obee, Erics, Charles Wesley, Benny Skogberg, André Jan 28 '14 at 8:52
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The reasons why Font Awesome is so awesome have nothing to do with typography at all; it's simply a typeface full of scalable vector icons that, by way of including the font on your page, are instantly available when you need a sweet icon.
From their site: "Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS."
As an icon set, though it's awesome because:
it means you don't have to store a bunch of images (or even an unwieldy sprite)
they're vectors, meaning they're awesome on Retina (and other HD) screens. this is related to #1 in that this wouldn't be as easy with a ton of images
you can control and style them with CSS as if they're any other typed character