- January 23rd, 2009
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We continue to deliver fresh high-quality freebies to our readers, and we continue to pursue the diversity of subjects that we like to cover on Smashing Magazine. Since the beginning of the year, each icon set has been dedicated to a specific theme or topic that could be useful in your next project. Today, we are releasing two free high-quality icon sets.
Flavours Icon Set
Oliver Twardowski1, a graphic designer from Bonn, Germany, has put in a lot of time and effort to release this handy icon set especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. His set, aimed to help designers in their Web and user interface designs, contains 177 icons in a resolution of 48×48 pixels. The files are available for in the PNG and PSD sources, so you can modify the files as you wish.
As usual, the set is available as a free download and can be used for any purposes without any restrictions whatsoever. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sub-licensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.
Behind the scenes
As usual, here are some insights from the designer himself:
In November 2008 I designed and released my first icon set, Sketch’d up!6. This set was 100% vector-based and contained over 100 icons. After finishing it, I knew exactly what was the next task on my list. I wanted to create a pixel-based set of icons for websites and Web applications. For the size of the icons, I choose 48x48px, because for me this is the perfect size to fit on a website.
I never thought that it would be such a hard task to create an icon based on pixels that says what it has to say. Pixel by pixel, every single icon of “Flavour” was created over the weeks.
I am personally pretty satisfied with what came of it in the end. And I do really hope that you like it, too! Would be a pleasure to hear and see where you used it. Just drop me a line at icons [at] addictedtocoffee [dot] de. And who knows, maybe there’s a Part 2 of the “Flavour icon set” already in my head…
All the best from Bonn, Germany,
Thank you, Oliver, for your great work! We hope the second part of the set comes soon!
Cute Tweeters Icon Set
This set was designed by the talented Mirjami Manninen7, an illustrator from Finland who released the beautiful RSS feed set Feed Me Animals8 on Smashing Magazine last year. This new set contains eight transparent PNG icons for Twitter, available in resolutions of 128×128 pixels, 256×256 and 512×512. The sources are in EPS files (for CS4 and CS3), PSD files and AI files (for CS4).
Again, the set is available as a free download and can be used for any purpose without any restrictions whatsoever. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sub-licensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.
- Large preview11 (JPG, 0.4 Mb)
- Download the set12 (.zip, 2.2 Mb)
- Download the sources13 (PSD, AI, EPS, .zip, 13,1 Mb)
Behind the scenes
As usual, here are some insights from the designer herself:
I am an illustrator from Finland. While drawing for one design competition that was about Twitter, I started to really like this little bird, and decided to create a whole set for Smashing Magazine’s readers. I am very excited of the mesh tool in illustrator, andIi want to encourage all designers to try it. I have found it very helpful in my icon design. Greetings to all Smashing Magazine readers!
Thanks, Miriam, we really appreciate your efforts!
Suggestions for particular icon sets?
What icons would you like to be released on Smashing Magazine next? What are you looking for? And, more importantly, what kind of icons shouldn’t we release anymore? We appreciate your input in the comments to this post!
- 1 http://www.addictedtocoffee.de
- 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/january-icon-set/flavour-preview.jpg
- 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/january-icon-set/flavour-icon-set-png.zip
- 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/january-icon-set/flavour-icon-set-png.zip
- 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/january-icon-set/flavour-icon-set-psd.zip
- 6 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/iconset-sketchd-up/158535
- 7 http://www.mirkku.com
- 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/28/feed-me-animals-a-free-rss-feed-icon-set/
- 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/january-icon-set/cute-twitters-preview.jpg
- 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/january-icon-set/twitter-icons-png.zip
- 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/january-icon-set/twitter-large-preview.jpg
- 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/january-icon-set/twitter-icons-png.zip
- 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/january-icon-set/twitter-icons-sources.zip