Stock Icons: An Overview

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Whether you develop a software application, write an Ajaxified web-app or design a Web 2.0-stylish site, you can’t get away from tiny, small, nice and extremely helpful icons, which make the text more readable and present the information more vividly. Some icon sets can be downloaded for free1. But the most beautiful ones have their price – in the end, there is a lot of time, work and creativity involved. The so called Stock Icon Sets are usually the collections of specific icons, which stand for particular themes such as Shopping, Traveling, Medicine etc.

In this context “royalty-free” means that the acquired icons can be used for personal and commerical projects without any further costs. However, different companies have different license terms, so before using the icons they’re offering you better make sure the license agreement is OK. In order to attract the attention of web-developers, some icon designers present free samples of icon sets for free download. Let’s take a look what is actually offered. Links checked: May/19 2008.

Awicons

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Axialis

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D-Icons

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DevComponents

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Fast Icon

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glyFX

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Glyph Lab

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Guiicons

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Horizon Icon Collection

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Icon Base

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IconBuffet

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Iconbulk

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Icon Department

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IconExperience

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Iconfish

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iconflash

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Iconica Custom Icons

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Iconkits

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IconPacks

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IconPharm

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Iconshock

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Icon Vector

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Med Designs

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MicroICO

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orangeicons

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StockIcons

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TastyStock

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Uiicons

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VirtualLNK

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vistamax icons

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wackypixel

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Wati Works

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    not so easy to choose a name for a stock-icon-website… or have you ever seen such a number of variations of the word “icon” ;-)

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    I love iconkits’ and wackypixel’s simplicity. On the other hand, VirtualLNK has a great design, too, but way too expensive.
    The other one I bumped on today on your site has some great works for way less money: Itookia.com

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    Professional Icons by VirtualLNK

    August 15, 2007 6:00 am

    Well I would have to say you get what you pay for. If you want the best quality then you will pay a little more for it.

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    yeah even though they are expensive they are quality so i guess it is worth it.

    Do they use Adobe Illustrator to make these or what ??? Always wondered

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    virtual lnk ones are soooooooooo gorgeous, i used them on a website before using them elsewhere but i used photoshops saturation thingy to get htem all looking the same as my colour scheme

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    Another site with really nice vector stock icons
    http://www.deliciousicons.com

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    take a look at these stock icons too Icojoy. Big choice!

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    Мухахахаха, да вы у нас философ аффтар?

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    Free Vector Download

    April 19, 2009 6:52 pm

    Nice icons list..

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    Best stock icons from Seanau!!!
    http://www.seanau.com

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    Iconfish has just updated their icon sets

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    Icondrawer Classic 512 icon set. 120 high quality icons with max size 512×512 px for latest versions of Mac OS X and Windows Vista systems. Icons are perfect for software toolbar, web site, GUI design or presentations.

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    another stock with great icons and low prices
    http://www.iconhive.com/
    ;)

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    Great collection of links!

    I found this site the other day:
    http://www.vectoricons.com/

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    Erika Kirkland

    July 5, 2011 6:58 am

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