20+ Free And Fresh Icon Sets

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User-friendly icon sets are always nice to look at and useful to have ready to hand. Since effective designers guide their users’ attention using visuals, icons can (and probably should) be used in almost every project you are or will be working on. Whether for an illustration, sketch, site or weblog – used moderately, icons can point users’ attention to the key-aspects of an article or specific site sections and communicate the message of the site in a more effective way.

This is why web designers need them. And this is why we look for them. Regularly.

Let’s take a look at over 20 free, beautiful and fresh icon sets as well as references to further free icon libraries. Some of the sets can be used for free only for private projects, however most of them can also be used in commercial projects. In both cases – before using icon sets please read the license agreement carefully; it can change from time to time.

20+ Free And Fresh Icon Sets

iPhoneSketch (FastIcon): 4 free icons of iPhone, designed in scribbled style, for Linux, Mac OS and Windows. The FastIcon-agreement permits you to use the icons in printed materials, commercial projects, software application, websites, blogs, designs, themes or GUI. However, the author requires an operable link to the source.

iPhone icons (FastIcon): Browser, calendar, calculator, chat, clock, graphics, iPod, e-Mail, map, notes, phone, photo, sms, tools, wallpapers, weather.

Comiciphone

Smiley Development Kit2: available in .psd (Adobe Photoshop) format.

Smiley3

Flag Button Development Kit4: it’s basically a Photoshop file with placeholders. To create a new button, just duplicate a layer group and paste the new flag into the respective layer. It’s as simple as that.

Flags5

YellowIcon Crystal Set6 (1500 icons, 22 Mb) and dozens of further icon sets. Sizes: 128×128, 16×16, 22×22, 32×32, 48×48 and 64×64. By Everaldo Coelho.

Crystal Set7

OpenPhone Pack8 contains 12 high quality (256×256 pixels) icons; PNG and ICO formats. Licensed under GNU Public License.

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Social Bookmark Iconset11

Social Bookmark12

Mac OS Boxes13: realistic looking white boxes (Mac OS only). Free for personal use.

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iPod Shuffle (FastIcon): iPod Shuffle Dock, iPod shuffle headphone. You can find a dozen of further icon sets on Fasticon.com.

iPod Shuffle

Iconshock’s Icon Sets15 (7 icon sets) include Consoles Vista icons, Red Hot Chili Icons, Elm Nightmare Street Icons, NBA Web Icons, Disk Jockey Icons, Filming Vista icons and more.

DJ Icon Set16

Consoles Vista17

RSS Feed (Fasticon): designed in 3D-look.

Feeds

Adobe CS 3 Icon Pack18: nine 256×256 png icons

Social Bookmark19

mAqua ChronoSync20: free for personal use only.

Time21

Aqua Neue (Graphite)22: 86 icons, a new set of system replacement icons in Aqua style.

Social Bookmarks23

The iconset below includes 94 pieces and was designed by the graphic artist Jonas Rask from Denmark. The 32×32-icons can be downloaded in a .zip-archive as .ico, .png, .tiff, Mac Icons and Pixadex iContainer. These fancy and professional icons (some are certainly looking familar) can be used on commercial web-sites without any charge. You’ll find the download-link at the bottom of Jonas’ startpage. His download-page may present some other icon treasures – but in this case for private use only.

Icons

Feedicons24 is a 34-part iconset from Zeus Box Studio. You might be willing to use them to give your “subscribe to RSS-feed”-button a fresh look.These icons are, besides some inept exceptions, variations of the well-known original25, which makes sense. You may download them in a 32*32 and 16*16 format as .png (.zip-archive). Released under the Creative Commons License.

RSS Icons26

Web 2 Social Bookmarks: 12 FastIcon-freeware “iPhone-like” icons of Web 2 Social Bookmarks for use in blogs, websites, on desktop and software. The Content: Blinklist, BlogMarks, Delicious, Digg, Feeds, Flickr, Furl, Magnolia, Newsvine, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Technorati. The Linux version includes .png files sized from 512×512 to 16×16 pixels.

Social Bookmarks

Emoticon27: 14 smileys-icons.

Emoticon28

104 standard PC keyboard key icons29: useful for video training projects.

104 Keys Keyboard30

Circle Feeds (FastIcon): 4 variations of Feeds Icon in circle shape, for Linux, Mac OS and Windows.

Further references

  • PixelGirl Icon Sets31
    467 icon sets for Mac OS X and 164 icon sets for Windows XP.
  • IconKits Free Delivery32
    As a Iconkits.com member you get access to the ForFree section with free stock icons you can use in both personal and commercial projects. When you sign up you will receive 2 points which means you can download 2 optional icon kits in the ForFree section.
  • Icon Bee33
    Collects gorgeous free icons. RSS feed is also available.
  • Vistaicons.com34
    is a collection of free Vista Style icon sets of over 2000 high quality icons in png and ico format.
  • Simple System35 and Windows Icons36: 84 + 65 freeware “desktop” icons.
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  • InterfaceLift Icons39
    Literally thousands of icons sets – for free downoad for Mac OS, Linux and Windows.
  • Free Icons Pack40
    A collection of free icons collected from public domain resources. Available for free download as a .zip-file.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/05/24/freebies-round-up-icons-buttons-and-templates/
  2. 2 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/smiley_devkit/
  3. 3 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/smiley_devkit/
  4. 4 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/flag_button_devkit/
  5. 5 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/flag_button_devkit/
  6. 6 http://yellowicon.com/downloads/
  7. 7 http://yellowicon.com/downloads/
  8. 8 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i135s0/openphone_pack.htm
  9. 9 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i135s0/openphone_pack.htm
  10. 10 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i135s0/openphone_pack.htm
  11. 11 http://www.vikiworks.com/2007/06/15/social-bookmark-iconset/
  12. 12 http://www.vikiworks.com/2007/06/15/social-bookmark-iconset/
  13. 13 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/details.php?id=1972
  14. 14 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/details.php?id=1972
  15. 15 http://iconshock.deviantart.com/gallery/
  16. 16 http://iconshock.deviantart.com/gallery/
  17. 17 http://iconshock.deviantart.com/gallery/
  18. 18 http://pedro-de-la-luna.deviantart.com/art/CS3-Icons-pack-59712759
  19. 19 http://pedro-de-la-luna.deviantart.com/art/CS3-Icons-pack-59712759
  20. 20 http://www.iconaholic.com/downloads.html
  21. 21 http://www.iconaholic.com/downloads.html
  22. 22 http://interfacelift.com/icons-win/details.php?id=1865
  23. 23 http://interfacelift.com/icons-win/details.php?id=1865
  24. 24 http://www.zeusbox.org/blog/feedicons
  25. 25 http://www.feedicons.com/
  26. 26 http://www.zeusbox.org/blog/feedicons
  27. 27 http://yellowicon.com/downloads/?page=4
  28. 28 http://yellowicon.com/downloads/?page=4
  29. 29 http://icons.alanwho.com/104-standard-pc-keyboard-keys-icon-set/
  30. 30 http://icons.alanwho.com/104-standard-pc-keyboard-keys-icon-set/
  31. 31 http://www.pixelgirlpresents.com/icons.php
  32. 32 http://iconkits.com/signup/
  33. 33 http://iconbee.willmayo.com/
  34. 34 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon_collections.htm
  35. 35 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/details.php?id=1848
  36. 36 http://interfacelift.com/icons-win/details.php?id=1896
  37. 37 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/details.php?id=1848
  38. 38 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/details.php?id=1896
  39. 39 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/index.php?sort=date
  40. 40 http://free-icons.jonasjohn.de/

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  1. 1

    Very nice! Thanks for the sets..

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    Thanks for such good stuff!

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    found another great Mini icons page LINK [http://icons.primail.ch] currently adding tiny mini world flags, really neat

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    Michael Hendrickx

    January 21, 2008 3:50 am

    Nice set of icons, even in the comments!

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    Sweat graphic sets, well pleased.

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    Excellent, Excellent links

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    Excelent icons! I was looking for some new social bookmark icons and found these. Thanks!

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    excellent post. very good icon sets. will be useful for programmers who designs!

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    Excellent icon resources!

    Thank you

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    These are gorgeous!

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    Hi….Just wanted to know if these icons are totally free? Can I use them for templates? I found that some of these sets are fully free for any kind of use… could you please let me know which are the sets that I can use for templates?

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    Nice icon set thanks

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    this thing sucks! Just kidding :D
    GREAT WORK! Just keep it comin’

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    This is gr8! I love SM. You guys are truly a wonder weapon in my design arsenal. Thank you again so much!

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    wooo,thank you !

    about japanese Onsen Icon in here : e7art creative icon-japan (only picture)

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    Its Wonderfull i like it

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    Here’s a great free set that I found.
    http://momentumdesignlab.com/icons/index.php

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    Thanks, Great Collection

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    A very good collection of icons. You can see a lot of good ideas and techniques.

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    Nice icon. Thanks

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    Excellent Collection. I was looking for some new social bookmark icons and found these.
    Thanks.

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    Thank you.
    Very Good icon cool!

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    thanks, Great Icon sets

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    Very useful icons! cool!

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    Thanks a lot for this great collection

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    great.. thanks for this collection. big help.

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    it’s nice thank your for your icon sets

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    Love this site thanks again!

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    Hello, Thanks for the great icons, and I do like Star_disabled

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    it’s nice thank your for your icon sets

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    I would be really thank full,,,, Very Nice

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    it realy very use full icons thanks..

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    Good icons found.. thank u

    Regards.

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    Thank you. These icons allow me to focus on the html structure and css of my projects without being distracted by the graphics creation.

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    Anthony Cicchini

    October 4, 2013 9:25 am

    thanks

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