Fresh, Free and Gorgeous RSS/Feed Icons

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We love high-quality freebies. Over the last years we’ve featured a number of designers and developers who released their work for free — among other things we presented high-quality free fonts1, free WordPress themes2, free wallpapers3 and, of course, free icons4.

Every release helps to make the Web a nicer place which is why we support designers and challenge them to release something for free in order to be featured on Smashing Magazine. And the results are quite often pretty impressive.

Smashing Icon Set5

Today we are glad to release a free RSS/Feed icon set. The set contains 8 icons which you can use for private and commercial projects, blogs and web-sites for free. The icons are available for both Mac and Win-users in resolutions 16×16px, 24×24px, 32×32px, 48×48px, 128×128px, 256×256px and 512×512px.

This icon set was designed by Dirceu Veiga6 from Brazil especially for Smashing Magazine as a gift for its readers.

Download RSS/Feed Icons For Free!

You can use the icons for private and commercial projects, blogs and web-sites for free. However, please take a closer look at the license agreement — e.g. it’s forbidden to sell the icons and in order to use them, the designer asks for a backlink.

Smashing Icon Set7

Motivation behind the design

Dirceu Veiga is the creative mind behind FastIcon11. We’ve featured Dirceu’s icons in our previous posts and we’ve asked him to design a creative, funny and beautiful icon set for our readers. He agreed. Here are some insights from the designer himself:

Who has something to say naturally wants to be heard and in the Web the feed icon is one of the most important instruments to keep readers’ focus on what we are saying. But, does a feed really matter if no one subscribes to it? Right here lies the challenge for designers: how do you attract more subscribers for your feed?

Trying to help to solve that dilemma I decided to create more illustrative and flashy feed icons. FastIcon’s Smashing Feeds Set with 8 attractive icons certainty won’t pass unperceived in your site or weblog.

No, I’m not ignoring the several years of the effort of web-communities to establish the standard feed icon. And respecting that whole hard work I had the concern of maintaining the orange as a dominant color. Apart from orange, the most frequent color used in the set is gray, a neutral color. Thus I strongly believe that the icons will be as easily recognizable as standard feed icons.

I hope you’ll enjoy those icons.

Dirceu Veiga

Thank you, Dirceu!

Please notice: we’re regularly looking for creative designers and artists. You may not know it yet, but we might feature you in one of our upcoming posts.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/08/40-excellent-freefonts-for-professional-design/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/08/100-excellent-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/12/really-stunning-desktop-wallpapers/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/06/35-really-incredible-free-icon-sets/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/smashing-icons/FastIcon_Smashing_Feeds_Png.zip
  6. 6 http://www.fasticon.com/
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/smashing-icons/FastIcon_Smashing_Feeds_Png.zip
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/smashing-icons/FastIcon_Smashing_Feeds_Png.zip
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/smashing-icons/FastIcon_Smashing_Feeds_Win.zip
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/smashing-icons/FastIcon_Smashing_Feeds_Mac.zip
  11. 11 http://www.fasticon.com/

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  1. 1

    Sebastian Kessler

    April 1, 2008 7:54 am

    thanks a lot, already used th cup of rss in my blog:

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    Wow, I must admit those are some great icons. But I still have to wonder if they’ll effectively scale to 16x16px.

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  3. 3

    Very nice. I’m trying to find the April fools in this post! :P

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  4. 4

    I have to admit I don’t really see the other three icons transferring the idea of RSS, but, boy, do I love the little guy reading the RSS paper. Excellent work.

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    Going Like Sixty

    April 1, 2008 8:31 am

    Damn. I’m just having a ball using the stuff you have offered. Even though it doesn’t fit my design – I used it anyway! I know. I know. But that’s the advantage we un-designers have over designers.

    I’m still on the hunt for Steampunk icons. hint. hint.

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    leszek pietrzak

    April 1, 2008 9:02 am

    This little guy reading the paper – awesome idea :-)

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  7. 7

    Beautiful icons. Excelent work, boys.

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  8. 8

    Very cool indeed!

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  9. 9

    I love it. The guy with the paper in particular, but they’re all good.

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  10. 10

    The guy reading the paper looks like he’s sitting on the toilet.

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  11. 11

    Cool & Nice icons))) Thanks…))))

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  12. 12

    I’m using the mug of RSS icon on my blog. Thanks again Smashing Magazine!

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    • 13

      I cannot figure out how to use the icon for my rss feed. I tried to upload the image to my media gallery, which turns into a zip file, but then what? How do I get it as a widget in my sidebar?

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  13. 14

    Thanks for the nice icons!

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  14. 15

    Nice, if anyone have more: please mail to me: blametome1@gmx.de

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  15. 16

    I love the billboard one! When I find a use I’ll definitely try that one :)

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  16. 17

    Nice collection – thanks for posting.

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    One Winged Angel

    April 2, 2008 12:53 am

    Very cute!! :D

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  18. 19

    good job. i like it.

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  19. 20

    Awesome icons, I love !

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  20. 21

    I agree to that.

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  21. 22

    Amazing Icon Set! I especially like the RSS Newspaper ;)

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  22. 23

    Great stuff!

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    Tyler @ Building Camelot

    April 2, 2008 12:12 pm

    Love the coffee cup! Thanks for the links

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    Joefrey Mahusay

    April 2, 2008 6:59 pm

    Really nice RSS icons

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  25. 26

    using the coffee cup. thanks for sharing!

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  26. 27

    Hello, I’m a Jack, and my spin on the RSS icon is a love/hate thing, these new icons are awesome to the artistic side of my brain. However to break too far from the norm may not be as helpful for sites that aren’t already well traveled. My reason is this, the orange icon is, well, an Icon to RSS lifestyle, people who aren’t even Internet savvy can understand that it gives them updates to that sites news or articles. To differentiate from that format could be harmful to new sites or startups, remember that standards are not just for code, an iconic symbol as important as a feed cannot just be tossed around willy nilly.

    And please don’t think that I’m bashing your article, I’m not. I love Smashing Magazine and these new feed icon alternatives are “HOTT” as the kids say, just wanted to get a point out. Keep up the good work!

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  27. 28

    These icons are sweet.

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    Naseer Ahmad Mughal

    April 5, 2008 1:17 am

    Thanks for these buttons.

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  29. 30

    Thanks guys, i have started use Newspaper_Feed_128x128 icon.

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  30. 31

    these ARE awsome… and you are even kind enough to provide rationale for creating them. they bring some real life concepts into rss. we are not for processing text only. :) thanks, hope i will have a great place to use one of them.

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  31. 32

    These icon are looking very fresh and nice

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  32. 33

    Yeah nice. Check http://www.farbwolke.de we use the newspaper icon

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  33. 34

    great icons.
    I put one here – [silvy’s diary blog]

    thanks !

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  34. 35

    These icon are looking very fresh and nice
    babak zawari
    بابك زواري

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  35. 36

    very nice man..

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    Richard McLaughlin

    April 20, 2008 1:27 am

    Love the coffee cup, gave me an idea because I have this special blue cup that shines (bad for my ADD) and I decided to take a picture of that cup and use if for my RSS feed. Now any ADD person, like me, that lands on my site will just go “….Ooooo, shiny.” And sign up not knowing why.

    Great work, keep it rolling.

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    philfrelanceweb

    April 24, 2008 2:29 am

    such a great collection of rss icon, i found this very much helpful for most web designers and very useful in web design project, i will work used this for my future projects.

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  38. 39

    Hey cool icons…. great concepts and the idea is awesome…. great job….
    thnks smash…!!

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  39. 40

    all gugs like the newspaper guy most!

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  40. 41

    Very Good, thanks

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  41. 42

    I just want to asked how to install this rrs icon…. Pls help us

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  42. 43

    We used the RSS Bench icon on our MMA Blog. Thanks!

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  43. 44

    Hi man you are so great !!!! Orz …

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  44. 45

    your designs are awesome dude, thanks

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  45. 46

    I like te billboard style i gona use it on my new site.

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  46. 47

    Thank you. These are very creative. I will use one of them on my blog :)

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  47. 48

    Loved all icons. Better as they are free 2. :-) thanx

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  48. 49

    thank for these nice icon.. excelent work :D

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  49. 50

    Wonderful Icons!!

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  50. 51

    Nice, i also integrated them in my Blog

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