I think Daniel Bruce’s Entypo was the first icon set designed for the web that I fawned over.
Maybe it was how it had a cool name, almost like it was a startup product. And the website design around it was awesome. The 2012 design was pretty fresh, especially for that time:
Then a 2014 update:
Alas, they are no more. The link to download them leads to a broken Dropbox link.
Maybe even a smidge earlier than Entypo, Drew Wilson’s Pictos was also massively cool. This was circa 2012:
Pictos modernized into a fancy set that included line, solid, and color, which to this day is pretty cool and unique for an icon set to offer:
You cannot get it as Plasso, the payments startup that was also done by Drew, is no more.
Bit rot, kids. Happens to the best of them.