New Smashing Freebies For Designers and Bloggers

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As you may or may not know, we love to smash freebies1 around. Today we are glad to release the Web Developer icons set, designed by Pedja Rusic, a WP Smashing WordPress theme, designed by Greg Johnson and a Cafe icon set, designed by Enk. All icons and the theme are available for free download and can be used without any restrictions whatsoever. Please feel free to suggest ideas for next icon sets or single icons in the comments to this post.

Web Developer Icons Set

We have noticed Pedja Rusic2 from Serbia over a year ago, when we presented his icon sets in our free icons round-up. A while ago we contacted him and commissioned the design of icons dedicated to designers and developers. The icons should pay close attention to the smallest details, look original, cool and still remain recognizable.

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The result of Pedja’s work is the Web Developer Icons Set, a set of 34 icons designed from scratch; these icons are primarily supposed to be used by bloggers and designers. The icons are available in the resolutions .ico, .icns and .png in various resolutions up to 512×512px. The set contains icons Comments icon, Home, Mail, RSS and user-related icons.

Download the set for free!

You can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. 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, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.

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Inspiration behind the design

As usual, here are some insights from the designer himself:

The design of icons for this set was definitely the most difficult one in my career. I never had more trouble while the makin’ was in progress. My computer exploded 2 times, I had several losses in my family, my airport and modem were damaged… etc. The set was supposed to be launched like the year before, but considering all the difficutes that have happend, I consider myself one persistan bastard! Plus I was attacked by a dog in my house while i was doing the set… So I give the most hardest, and mind blowing set of icons I ever made!

WP Smashing WordPress Theme

We are always looking for creative and unusual concepts and we are always glad to support designers and developers to implement the idea and make it available to the public. Just recently we released the ViewPort WordPress Theme7 that presents the content in a single-page-’viewport’ and showcasing bloggers’ posts in a visually appealing form. Magazeen theme8 uses drop-down-menus and an automated jQuery-based image showcase and thus makes image manipulation for posts easier and more flexible.

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Greg Johnson10‘s theme WP Smashing is also an example for such kind of themes. The main goal of the theme was to display WordPress posts in calendar format. The theme is widget-ready, WordPress 2.7 compatible, has an integrated configurable calendar functionality and a configurable contact form. Installation guidelines are provided in the package. The .PSD-source file is included as well.

Download the theme for free!

You can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. 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, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.

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Inspiration behind the design

As usual, here are some insights from the designer himself:

WP SMASHING started out as an exercise in displaying WordPress posts in calendar format. The uses for this kind of functionality are obvious and I haven’t come across a plugin or theme that accomplished this goal in the manner I was after.

WP SMASHING accomplishes this by way of a companion plugin, written specifically for this theme. Knowing that not everyone will want to display their posts this way, the plugin offers you the ability to choose how you want to display posts on the index and in the archive — using a calendar or a two-column listing of post excerpts (much like Smashing Magazine). If you choose to display posts as a calendar, the titles of each post are displayed for each day. If the title(s) are larger than the relatively small square allotted for a calendar day, a custom scroll bar is shown allowing the user to scroll through your posts.

WP SMASHING is completely widget-ready and features 4 configurable ‘side bars’. One of these side bars is the right column — navigation — on every page except for if/when the calendar is displayed. The other 3 side bars are incorporated into footer. Also integrated into the footer is a contact form which includes validation and also includes options in the companion plugin.

Bonus: Café Icon Set

Last year we decided to stop releasing “social” icon setes in 2009, since there were way too many similar sets out there. However, when a beautiful set comes along, it is sometimes really hard to say ‘no’. This is the basic reason why this post also offers the set “Café Icon Set” as bonus to the first set. This set was designed by Enk16 from Hyderabad, Pakistan especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The set contains 9 .png-images in the formats 256×256px, including 8 social icons (Twitter, Flickr, StumbleUpon, Digg, Technorati, Mixx, Delicious, RSS) and Smashing Magazine.

Download the set for free!

You can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. 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, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.

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Thank you, guys! We truly appreciate your efforts.

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  1. 1

    Hynek Zatloukal

    March 16, 2009 1:35 pm

    beautiful envelope… and the coffees as well :)
    first? wow

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    I’m always looking for ways to improve my themes, so if you have any suggestions please share them in the WP SMASHING release comments on BustATheme!

    Cheers.

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  3. 3

    Great post…great icons…great theme…great SM!

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  4. 4

    wow, i love these cups! very nice!

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  5. 5

    Thanks for the inspiration, my blog now got new icons and will soon have Fx.Slide for the search! (or the whole header, incl. the search.)

    Love you guys.

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  6. 6

    Good stuff!

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  7. 7

    Good theme but almost no point in commenting! :)

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  8. 8

    very nice… i love it!

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  9. 9

    Very good.

    Joomla, when?

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  10. 10

    love it thanks

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  11. 11

    Mmm.. Good article… Maybe you can give us a set with icons for invoices, suppliers, customers, orders, products and categories in general, cause I try to search this but I can’t find one set with all these….
    Is only a suggestion =)

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  12. 12

    Wow, Web Developers Icon Set is so Cool, Clean and Realistic.. I’m lovin’ it.

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  13. 13

    super pwede na!

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  14. 14

    Nice Designed Icon keep it up…

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  15. 15

    way to go Greg! vrey clean and unique theme :)

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  16. 16

    SMASHING!

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  17. 17

    Another amazing post from Smashing Magazine!… Just a quick question… How can I get your permission to translate your theme into Persian?

    Thanks for sharing ;)

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  18. 18

    great share !!

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    @Kaveh,

    Please do translate it into Persian! Use the contact form to send it to me and I’ll post the translation for download on Bust A Theme.

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    I dont know if it is just me but in safari for os x seems like the file with the cafe icon set is missing the header and I am getting the plain text. The only way to save it is right click save target as.

    Thanks

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  21. 21

    Top stuff. Thanks for sharing!!

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  22. 22

    Wow, those are some really nice icons.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  23. 23

    Another smashing post guys, and liking the WP Smashing WordPress Theme. Keep up the good work

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    Thanks for the beautiful icon set!

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  25. 25

    very nice icons.

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  26. 26

    Amazing sharing ! Thanks again Smashing magzzz !


    Mrv – http://topjoke.fr

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  27. 27

    Thank you very much for these stunning icons!

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  28. 28

    Excellent designs all round – one thing regarding the theme is that it might be better to not have the search bar start as hidden via the css and hide it when the DOM is loaded with JS. Otherwise anyone with JS disabled will have no search bar.

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  29. 29

    Awesome as always guys, my #1 resource :)

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  30. 30

    Nice to see someone from Serbia on SmashingMagazine:)

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  31. 31

    Very nice icons, but why is it that almost no one ever includes Facebook icons in social icons sets. It’s the biggest social network in the world, guys. :)

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  32. 32

    A++ post. Great theme and two very good icon sets. (I already have plans for the coffee icons.)

    Thanks so much!

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  33. 33

    Thanks a lot! You guys are awesome !

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  34. 34

    I’m sick and tired of WP! The icons though are cool!

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  35. 35

    I like the WordPress theme but it’s very dark and difficult to see certain things. You may want to lighten the dark gray color at the top.

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  36. 36

    Amazing

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  37. 37

    plus one on that

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  38. 38

    Thats a great theme and I’m glad it comes with the PSD source file too!

    I have some vector freebies at my site too if anyone is interested:

    nickstaroba.com

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  39. 39

    Very nice icons, especially the envelope – Pedja, after all I´m glad you survived! lol
    The homepage of the wordpress theme is unusual but creative and I love the design – great work, and thanks for sharing the psd!

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  40. 40

    It’s another Smashing WordPress Theme and Icon Freebie. Yay for somebody that likes that kinda stuff.

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  41. 41

    Will you ever offer a free Smashing Magazine theme for Drupal? Would love to see it :)

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  42. 42

    its stupid to have to login to download the theme. and your RSS is broken, and the login confimation taking a long time. great theme, but i want it now and can’t get it. so frusteratinggggggrrrrrrrrrr.

    it’s free so i really can’t complain. thanks!!!

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    sorry for all those mean things i said. got it. very nice, thanks!

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  44. 44

    just amazing collection keep that up :)

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  45. 45

    Free icons are always great. :)

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    Francisco Ramirez

    March 17, 2009 12:37 pm

    Nice cafe icon set!

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    Expecting more to come, Cool Realistic Icons there! *_*

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    i like the icons….& cool color on WP theme….

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    Thanks, How about icons for educational websites or the like…

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  51. 51

    Great collection.

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  52. 52

    I think it’s awesome that you guys provide high quality WordPress themes. But I’m considering moving my blog from WP to either Drupal or (less likely) Joomla and thought it would be awesome if you guys could throw some Smashing weight in that direction. :)

    Yes, no, maybe?

    <3

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  53. 53

    I like these…Thanks sooooo much!!!!

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  54. 54

    Greg, how did you create those sweet highlights in the footer? They look like light emanating from a wall sconce or something. In the PSD all that you see is the FX Color Overlay.

    Nice job.

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    thx 4 the icons :)

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  56. 56

    :) nic and clean :)

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  57. 57

    Thanks so much for the icons! They’re perfect for my projects :)

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  58. 58

    Thanks for bringing us these excellent resources.

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  59. 59

    Amazing stuff.
    Thanks for sharing these lovely icons. ^_^

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    Kathleen Gresham

    March 26, 2009 10:01 pm

    The coffees do look wonderful, but when I click on the download link, I am taken to a page of code instead of having the icons download. It isn’t my computer, because the developer icons download just fine. [Thanks!!] Seems to be a bad link for the coffee icons, though.

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  61. 61

    Cool icon set! I love the RSS feed on the pillow :) Thanks!

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  62. 62

    I must say, the clean and organized look of these icons makes me want them…perhaps I will get them!

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  63. 63

    Indeed very nice theme guys.

    But I am having a problem, when I installed the theme on wordpress 2.7, and in the theme settings I used…
    1. Index Template: Show Posts on Index
    2. Archive Template: Show Posts for Monthly Archive

    But the problem is when ever I post something, on the main page I cannot see any images etc… but when I enter the post I can see them.

    So what should I do to make images visible on the home page.

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    Jehzeel Laurente

    April 24, 2009 8:36 am

    another set of must have freebies :D thank for sharing this! :)

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    Thanks a lot!

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  66. 66

    Estan super master bien hecho!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  67. 67

    WP Smashing WordPress Theme is showing up as a members only download.

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  68. 68

    Really nice stuff….thanks : )

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    nice stuff

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  70. 71

    Can I use these icons in a web template to sell over themeforest? I mean can I include them in the template’s psd layers?

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  71. 73

    This comment contained accusations that Smashing Editorial team could not verify or prove wrong. We ask both Tim Parker and Greg Johnson to discuss the issue personally and externally.

    I’d like to apologize to the rest of people here, however my response is slightly off-topic.

    We hired Greg Johnson of Greg-J.com and BustATheme to deliver certain project for our company. Not only he never delivered, he has been avoiding our phone calls and emails.

    No effort has been put from his end to initiate a contact. He took 50% down payment and since he has disappeared from the face of planet.

    [--edited--]

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      Not sure if you’ll get this or not Tim but I just purchased Greg Johnson’s WP-SLIDER theme 24 hours ago and have yet to hear anything from him. Did he ever follow up with you? I’m trying to decide if I give him more time or if he’s just become untrustworthy.

      Thanks for your time.

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    • 75

      Greg contacted me today, 3 days after purchase. I guess he wasn’t getting the notification from Google Checkout. Ultimately, all is well. Now… down to work.

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  72. 76

    Any freelancer who has been doing this long enough will have a list – some longer, some shorter – of clients they eventually had to fire. It is our ability to fire our clients that makes freelancing the worthwhile venture so many find it to be.

    Unfortunately, under no circumstances will either side of such an outcome see eye to eye. Perception, being relative, is always in the eye of the beholder. In these situations, the client will feel cheated, the provider will feel justified.

    With that said, I must respect the nature of my Non-Disclosure with this company along with the wishes of my colleagues here at Smashing Magazine, and leave it at that.

    The Google Checkout situation with Chris, and 3 others, has hopefully been resolved and Google Checkout orders will automatically notify us.

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    Awesome Work !

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