I have been a web designer for 12-13 years now and count as rather old in this field. Ever since the start I have been asked to create icons for some purpose or another. They make life simpler when all you want to do is get some information as fast as possible, and that is what an icon does. It gives you information faster than a sentence or description can do. It is rather like hieroglyphic writing, using  symbols to represent ideas and concepts. The style has changed over the years but the idea is the same. Web icons are here to stay.

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