50 Free High-Quality Icon Sets

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By Daved Brosche, Naveed Javaid and Smashing Editorial Team

When it comes to freebie designs, beautiful icons sets are tops. Designers scour for these free treasures more than anything else. You can use icon sets in Web applications, website designs and on your desktop. If well designed, they make a great impression on others. Beautifully designed icons also prove the quality of a designer’s work, so many designers make theirs freely available online, thus giving their work more exposure.

In the overview below, we present 50 beautifully designed, free and professional high-quality icons for desktop and Web design. All of them can be freely used for private projects, and some are available for commercial use as well. Regardless, always read the licenses — they may change from time to time.

You can also scan through our other icon-related articles:

50 Beautiful, Free and High-Quality Icon Sets

Container Icon Pack5
Container Icon Pack contains 40 high-quality (256 x 256 pixel) icons in PNG and ICO formats. This package includes box, cargo, trash icons and more. Created by Mehmet Gozetlik.

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Baggy Icon Set7
Contains five high-quality icons in three formats (ICO, ICNS and PNG) and six sizes, ranging from 16 to 512 pixels!

8

Round theme icons9
A beautiful set of 106 various rounded icons.

10

Fortune 500 Badges11
Over 200 badges of famous brands, PSDs included.

12

Red Moleskine13
Red Moleskine is a beautiful icon set in PNG format and sizes of 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512 pixels.

14

Old-School Icon Set15
A set of six beautiful old-ish icons: typewriter, camera, radio, TV set, Gameboy, and telephone. In PNG and ICO.

Screenshot16

Playground17
Nine beautiful and original icons (in PNG and ICO), created by the talented Miriam Moshinsky.

18

Windows 7 Build19
A set of various basic software and office icons.

Sample

Classic Timer Icon20
A quality timer icon in transparent vector format, with different sizes.

21

Nes Icons Pack22
A set of retro icons (TV, NES, Pad, Alimentation box, Zelda box, Zelda game, Desktop, 1up, Magic Toad) in ICO and PNG (512 × 512 pixels).

23

Jeans Feed Icons24
A set of stylish feed icons as denim pockets.

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Cemagraphics Icons26
A set of various beautiful icons in PNG (32 × 32 and 512 × 512 pixels).

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To-Do List Icon28
Use these icons in your Web applications to make them more attractive.

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Social Media Handycons30
Handycons is a free hand-drawn set of 12 social-media icons. All icons are available in four sizes: 16, 24, 32 and 48 pixels.

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Canon 400D + lens 17-85mm32
Set of two icons: camera and lens. Comes in sizes of 512 and 16 pixels and iContainer, ICNS, PNG and ICO format.

Screenshot33

Retrofukation34
A stylish set of icons to complement almost any theme out there. Designed to be easily distinguishable, simple and intuitive. This icon pack contains over 100 icons. Designed by Jamie Green.

35

e-Commerce Icons36
A huge set of icons that you can use for an online shop.

37

Function icons set38
A beautiful and useful set of 128 icons, available in 48 × 48 pixels.

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Elementary Icons40
A set of smaller Web developer-style icons.

Sample41

Human 0242
Here is a nice multi-purpose icon set for your business website.

Sample43

32px Mania Icon Set44
Another series of smaller icons that can add flair to any website design.

Sample45

Business Icons46
A collection of random business-related icons with a Web 2.0 look.

Sample47

Chums Icon Set48
This is the ultimate collection of high-quality tech-related icons. You can find everything from iPods to digital cameras.

Sample49

Tom Tom50
Does your business deal with GPS and navigation systems? Then this is the icon set for you.

Sample51

Black Neon Agua Icons52
A unique icon set that is ideal for darker website designs.

Sample53

Credit Cards Icons54
15 beautiful credit card icons in AI and EPS format. And here are yet more credit card icons55.

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Antique Icons57
A set of antique icons in PNG, ICNS and ICO formats, ranging from 16 × 16 to 256 × 256 pixels.

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Hand-made food and beverage icon set59
Seventeen hand-drawn icons, created by Victor Amanatidis60.

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Social Media Mini Iconpack62
This icon set consists of 30 finely crafted social media icons in a size of 16 × 16 pixels. They are free to use non-commercially.

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Manto Smiley Icon Set64
Twenty original emoticons by Chinese designer Manto.

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Emotions For WordPress Icons66
Emoticons for WordPress.

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Green and Blue Icon Set68
Five icons, each in 128 × 128 pixels and PNG format. Included are icons to represent gallery, downloads, emoticons, calendar and folder.

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Airport Express70
This icon is for personal use only. Download includes iContainer, PNG and PSD formats.

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Coquette Part 3 Icons72
This free playful icon set contains curvy and colorful icons made with one goal: to get some affection and playfulness into your projects. The 50 high-quality icons come in sizes of 16, 32, 48, 64 and 128 pixels, and in 32-bit transparency PNG format.

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Email Me Icons74
These icons are free for personal use and available in 32, 48, 64 and 128 pixels.

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Reality76
A set of beautiful, realistic icons of different daily-use object. These are free for non-commercial use.

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Music Icons78
Beautiful icons of music instruments. Icons are absolutely free for any purpose.

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Sleek XP: Basic Icons80
A set of 50 stock icons in PNG and ICO formats.

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Set of Social Icons82
A set of beautiful social icons in PNG format and sizes of 16, 32 and 64 pixels.

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GP Icons84
A set of 23 PNG icons of different software products. Has a great grunge style.

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Banking Stuff Icons86
Banking-related icons for non-commercial use, in sizes of 32, 48, 64, 128 and 256 pixels.

87

Smashing Magazine’s Icons

Smashing Retro Icon Set88
A set of 10 beautiful, high-quality “vintage” icons. The set contains 10 original icons: search, sign-up, calendar, news, RSS, comments, email, ads, home and address.

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Flavours Icon Set90
This 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 in the PNG and PSD sources, so you can modify the files as you wish. Created by Oliver Twardowski91.

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Stationery Icons Set93
A useful set of 22 vector icons (256 × 256 pixels). It contains book, brush, crayon, clip, color pencils, document, eraser, pad, palette, post-it note, scale and scissors, as well as the Fireworks source file.

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On Stage Icons Set95
The set contains 49 free vector icons, including PSD, which can be useful for both corporate and personal projects. You can use the set for free, without any restrictions whatsoever. The icons are available in PNG format in a resolution 128×128 pixels. Also included in the package are 100% pure shape-based layered PSDs.

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Fresh Icons Set97
This set contains 59 raster and vector icons. The set includes icons in PNG, ICNS and ICO formats. An EPS vector file is available as well.

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Practica Icons Set99
A free set of 11 useful high-quality icons, designed by DryIcons especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The icons are available in resolutions of 64, 128 and 256 pixels, in 32-bit transparency PNG format.

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About the author

Naveed Javaid is a Web designer and runs the blog SmashingApps101, which focuses on free resources and inspiration especially for designers and developers. If you want to connect with the author, you can follow him on Twitter102.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/21/40-professional-icon-sets-for-free-download/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/06/35-really-incredible-free-icon-sets/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/29/icons-for-your-desktop-and-icons-for-your-web-designs/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/25/20-free-and-fresh-icon-sets/
  5. 5 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i166s0/container_icon_pack.htm
  6. 6 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i166s0/container_icon_pack.htm
  7. 7 http://freebiesdock.com/baggy-icon-set-released/
  8. 8 http://freebiesdock.com/baggy-icon-set-released/
  9. 9 http://kon.deviantart.com/art/Round-Theme-Icons-102082380
  10. 10 http://kon.deviantart.com/art/Round-Theme-Icons-102082380
  11. 11 http://noobr.net/2009/02/18-amazing-high-quality-iconsets/
  12. 12 http://noobr.net/2009/02/18-amazing-high-quality-iconsets/
  13. 13 http://bigkobe.deviantart.com/art/Red-Moleskine-108906886
  14. 14 http://bigkobe.deviantart.com/art/Red-Moleskine-108906886
  15. 15 http://freebiesdock.com/oldschool-icon-set/
  16. 16 http://freebiesdock.com/oldschool-icon-set/
  17. 17 http://www.klukeart.com/
  18. 18 http://www.klukeart.com/
  19. 19 http://windowsnet.deviantart.com/art/Windows-7-6956-Icons-105764729
  20. 20 http://sabramedia.com/icons
  21. 21 http://sabramedia.com/icons
  22. 22 http://ahuri.deviantart.com/art/Nes-Icons-Pack-67659273
  23. 23 http://ahuri.deviantart.com/art/Nes-Icons-Pack-67659273
  24. 24 http://xyberneticos.com/index.php/2008/10/17/icon-feed-jeans-by-xyberneticos/
  25. 25 http://xyberneticos.com/index.php/2008/10/17/icon-feed-jeans-by-xyberneticos/
  26. 26 http://cemagraphics.deviantart.com/gallery/
  27. 27 http://cemagraphics.deviantart.com/gallery/
  28. 28 http://marcelomarfil.deviantart.com/art/To-Do-List-Icon-v1-0-108338132
  29. 29 http://marcelomarfil.deviantart.com/art/To-Do-List-Icon-v1-0-108338132
  30. 30 http://www.jankoatwarpspeed.com/post/2008/10/20/Handycons-a-free-hand-drawn-social-media-icon-set.aspx
  31. 31 http://www.jankoatwarpspeed.com/post/2008/10/20/Handycons-a-free-hand-drawn-social-media-icon-set.aspx
  32. 32 http://ddrdark.deviantart.com/art/Canon-400D-lens-17-85mm-108951024
  33. 33 http://ddrdark.deviantart.com/art/Canon-400D-lens-17-85mm-108951024
  34. 34 http://jg-visuals.deviantart.com/art/Retrofukation-Icons-102315475
  35. 35 http://jg-visuals.deviantart.com/art/Retrofukation-Icons-102315475
  36. 36 http://iji-design.deviantart.com/art/icons-for-some-e-shop-40370945
  37. 37 http://iji-design.deviantart.com/art/icons-for-some-e-shop-40370945
  38. 38 http://wefunction.com/2008/07/function-free-icon-set/
  39. 39 http://wefunction.com/2008/07/function-free-icon-set/
  40. 40 http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Elementary+Icons?content=73439
  41. 41 http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Elementary+Icons?content=73439
  42. 42 http://schollidesign.deviantart.com/art/Human-O2-Iconset-105344123
  43. 43 http://schollidesign.deviantart.com/art/Human-O2-Iconset-105344123
  44. 44 http://ddrdark.deviantart.com/art/WIP-32px-mania-iconset-106090029
  45. 45 http://ddrdark.deviantart.com/art/WIP-32px-mania-iconset-106090029
  46. 46 http://www.iconarchive.com/category/business/business-icons-by-aha-soft.html
  47. 47 http://www.iconarchive.com/category/business/business-icons-by-aha-soft.html
  48. 48 http://www.iconarchive.com/category/media/chums-icons-by-mcdo-design.html
  49. 49 http://www.iconarchive.com/category/media/chums-icons-by-mcdo-design.html
  50. 50 http://www.iconarchive.com/category/computer/tom-tom-icons-by-mastermattie.html
  51. 51 http://www.iconarchive.com/category/computer/tom-tom-icons-by-mastermattie.html
  52. 52 http://toffeenut.deviantart.com/art/Deep-iPhone-Theme-92072201
  53. 53 http://toffeenut.deviantart.com/art/Deep-iPhone-Theme-92072201
  54. 54 http://noobr.net/2009/02/30-free-creditcard-icons-and-vectors/
  55. 55 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/25/free-credit-card-icons-for-online-shops/
  56. 56 http://noobr.net/2009/02/30-free-creditcard-icons-and-vectors/
  57. 57 http://paradis24434.deviantart.com/art/Antique-Icon-update-72437894
  58. 58 http://paradis24434.deviantart.com/art/Antique-Icon-update-72437894
  59. 59 http://noobr.net/2009/02/18-amazing-high-quality-iconsets/
  60. 60 http://www.chaoslevel.com/
  61. 61 http://noobr.net/2009/02/18-amazing-high-quality-iconsets/
  62. 62 http://www.komodomedia.com/blog/2008/12/social-media-mini-iconpack/
  63. 63 http://www.komodomedia.com/blog/2008/12/social-media-mini-iconpack/
  64. 64 http://noobr.net/2009/02/15-smiley-icon-sets-express-yourself/
  65. 65 http://noobr.net/2009/02/15-smiley-icon-sets-express-yourself/
  66. 66 http://noobr.net/2009/02/15-smiley-icon-sets-express-yourself/
  67. 67 http://noobr.net/2009/02/15-smiley-icon-sets-express-yourself/
  68. 68 http://wilsoninc.deviantart.com/art/Green-and-blue-104029981
  69. 69 http://wilsoninc.deviantart.com/art/Green-and-blue-104029981
  70. 70 http://ddrdark.deviantart.com/art/Airport-Express-PSD-Included-107242403
  71. 71 http://ddrdark.deviantart.com/art/Airport-Express-PSD-Included-107242403
  72. 72 http://dryicons.com/free-icons/preview/coquette-part-3-icons-set/
  73. 73 http://dryicons.com/free-icons/preview/coquette-part-3-icons-set/
  74. 74 http://www.iconspedia.com/pack/email-me-1786/
  75. 75 http://www.iconspedia.com/pack/email-me-1786/
  76. 76 http://kidaubis.deviantart.com/art/Reality-104372241
  77. 77 http://kidaubis.deviantart.com/art/Reality-104372241
  78. 78 http://vlademareous.deviantart.com/art/4-music-icons-109750862
  79. 79 http://vlademareous.deviantart.com/art/4-music-icons-109750862
  80. 80 http://deleket.deviantart.com/art/Sleek-XP-Basic-Icons-97279032
  81. 81 http://deleket.deviantart.com/art/Sleek-XP-Basic-Icons-97279032
  82. 82 http://tydlinka.deviantart.com/art/Set-of-social-icons-109435724
  83. 83 http://tydlinka.deviantart.com/art/Set-of-social-icons-109435724
  84. 84 http://myspace4art.deviantart.com/art/GP-iCons-109636549
  85. 85 http://myspace4art.deviantart.com/art/GP-iCons-109636549
  86. 86 http://www.iconspedia.com/pack/banking-stuff-20-/
  87. 87 http://www.iconspedia.com/pack/banking-stuff-20-/
  88. 88 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/12/smashing-retro-icon-set/
  89. 89 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/12/smashing-retro-icon-set/
  90. 90 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/23/friday-freebies-flavours-icon-set-and-cute-tweeters-icon-set/
  91. 91 http://www.addictedtocoffee.de/
  92. 92 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/23/friday-freebies-flavours-icon-set-and-cute-tweeters-icon-set/
  93. 93 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/05/stationery-icons-soccer-icons-and-atlantic-wordpress-theme/
  94. 94 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/05/stationery-icons-soccer-icons-and-atlantic-wordpress-theme/
  95. 95 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/27/on-stage-a-free-icon-set/
  96. 96 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/27/on-stage-a-free-icon-set/
  97. 97 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/09/finance-and-applications-a-free-icon-set/
  98. 98 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/09/finance-and-applications-a-free-icon-set/
  99. 99 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/23/practika-a-free-icon-set/
  100. 100 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/23/practika-a-free-icon-set/
  101. 101 https://www.smashingapps.com
  102. 102 http://twitter.com/smashingapps

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  1. 1

    So many great new set’s I’ve not seen before, loving them, thanks!

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  2. 102

    I wish they would note the license, as many of these are for non-commercial use only – bummer…

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  3. 203

    Great work, but i do agree with Matt….. LOL!

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  4. 304

    Hepsi birbirinden güzel iconlar, teşekkürler…

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  6. 506

    Yawn.

    Rehash of previous posts and a lot of these look like crap when small. It might be taboo…but I consider some of this…gasp…clip-art.

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  7. 607

    WHAT!? Yiahh! That’s what I’m talkin about.

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  8. 708

    Wow!!
    I REALLY love them, Thanks!

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  9. 809

    super mega tnx :)

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  10. 910

    Although everyone else has already said this, I have to add my Thank you for this amazing collection of icons, I will definitely use them, just a matter of which ones, they’re all great!

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  11. 1011

    Gr8 Collection

    it will help me lot

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  12. 1112

    Cool Icon.

    How do I download the timer icon? There is no option to download on their site

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  13. 1213

    wow nice collection… thanks

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  14. 1314

    Nice Icons, thanks. Could you possibly separate these posts by commercial/personal use requirements? Would save some time for us all.

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  15. 1415

    Thanks for sharing this very nice and often useful collection.
    Though the most complete and useful collection still is the free Silk set by famfamfam.

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  17. 1617

    very beautiful

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  18. 1718

    I thought you’ll mention my name for helping you with some sets of icons…
    Nice collection, anyway ;)

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  19. 1819

    very beautiful…..

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  20. 1920

    im a graphic design student,and only found the site now but it brilliant

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  22. 2122

    Nice Collection….. i search Music Note Icons! have you an idea where I such find? thanks :-)

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  23. 2223

    Great Collection SM! Thanks!!! :)

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  24. 2324

    Really Really thanx man u r amazing

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  25. 2425

    too much! yep, this is working ideas
    thanks alot

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  26. 2526

    thank you very much…

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  27. 2627

    tks, from all portugal ;)

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  28. 2728

    Good stuff; point though: The Human 02 set is the default icon set for the Ubuntu Linux flavor. Credit where credit is due. It’s not for business websites, though it could be used as such ;)

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  29. 2829

    Tank… 100 pts. Gracias!!!

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  30. 2930

    hey thnks 4 these iconssssssss

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  31. 3031

    YO MAMA FOOS!!!!

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  32. 3132

    HOLY ish!!! These are awesome! Tx soooooo much!

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  33. 3233

    very nice collection ! thx

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  34. 3334

    thanks !

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  35. 3435

    very nice collection……………..thank you very much…

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    David Henderson

    April 30, 2009 5:37 am

    wow really nice collection here! thanks!

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  37. 3637

    those were really useful! Thank you! Please keep posting resources like this one.

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  38. 3738

    Great list, as always. Very nice job guys

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  39. 3839

    thanks a million buddy…………………….

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  40. 3940

    Your icons are absolutely gorgeous! Great Thanks for all of you!

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  41. 4041

    Awesome collection. Big thanks for these

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  42. 4142

    Beautiful… thank you very much

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  43. 4243

    Thanks for article.

    A greeting.

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  44. 4344

    I think i just jizzed in my pants….nice collection!!!

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  45. 4445

    Very cool :)

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  46. 4546

    Can I use them for my site?Commercial site..
    Can I use but not for third persons..just in my website..??
    This icons are free?

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  47. 4647

    Thanks~!

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  48. 4748

    brilliant stuff

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    ALberto Aranda Toro

    July 15, 2009 7:48 am

    Very Good! Thank you !

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    Straordinarie. complimenti!

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