Tuesday Tips: Favicons

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TL;DR: Create a favicon.ico file with images at: 16×16, 24×24, 29×29, 32×32, 57×57, 64×64, 72×72, 114×114, 128×128, 144×144.

"B" favicon.pngAs part of my updates for high pixel density displays, I’ve also taken a look at what I need to do to update my favicons.

Wikipedia has a good definition of favicons. Given that it’s 2012 and I’ve been making favicons for something like 17 years one would have hoped that modern web-browsers would have graduated to a more modern file format. While Safari, Chrome, and Firefox support the PNG file format, IE still doesn’t (and I don’t want to write a WordPress plugin to browser detect to load .png vs .ico).

According to Adam Bertram at Lessons Learned, for Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft recommends designing favicons at: 16×16, 24×24, 32×32, and 64×64. (In my TL;DR I add the next multiple up, to help future proof the design.)

And according to Wikipedia entry, for iOS devices, favicons should be designed at:

“The recommended basic size for this icon is 57×57 pixels, with 90 degree corners; for best display on the higher-resolution iPhone 4 screen, an icon size of 114×114 pixels is recommended.

For the iPad and iPad2, the basic size is 72×72 pixels with 90 degree corners. For the iPad3, the high-resolution size would be 144×144 pixels.”

So that adds a bunch more to the list, and thank heavens for scalable vector graphics. (See also Updating for iPad retina display by BiOM at iOS Tips and Tricks.)

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