If you've looked at a website or app in the past few years then you are very familiar with web icons. They are everywhere nowadays and it appears they are making actual text obsolete in a lot of cases. In an effort to simplify the message visually, web icons are a great solution that make both the designer and user have a more enjoyable experience. I fully embrace this trend and what I love most is that the general web browsing population has become "educated" on what many icons signify. No need for ugly drawn out lists of links - just throw up a nice grid of icons and a user has a very easy navigation to work with. My question is, how far does this go? Is simpler always better? Many mobile applications are becoming so simplified that they just contain a bunch of boxes with icons in them. Add in the swipe technology and there is even less use for any navigation at all. The ultimate goal being that you get the information you're after with the least amount of effort possible. And of course, make it look great. This icon trend appeases both the designer and the developer side of me. Not only can I simplify my web content and make it easier to navigate, I get to incorporate a new design element that actually has a great practical purpose.