Smashing Community Icon Set: Comment and Win!


Ready for this? Here’s how it works: you tell us what icons you need, and then we design them together with SoftFacade51 (which recently created the beautiful Smashing Retro Icon Set2) and release them for free. And to make it a bit more interesting, we’ll smash six commenters and forum participants with original nerdy gifts.

To participate, just suggest an idea for a great useful icon set in the comments to this post or in this forum thread43. Details are below.

How do I participate?

Participating is very easy: just let us know what icon set you would like us to design (and, if possible, what specific icons the set should contain) in the comments to this post or in this forum thread43. The set may contain at most eight icons.

On the 20th of March, we’ll select the most popular ideas and requests and publish a poll in our magazine, inviting our readers to vote on their favorite theme. Once it’s done, the creative minds behind SoftFacade51 will carefully design the set and submit drafts of its work in progress to the forum, documenting the design process. Hence, you can observe how the set is created and, if there is something you would like to change, communicate with the designers directly. You can keep track of updates on Twitter @smashingmag6 and @softfacade7.


A total of six commenters and active participants in the forum will be awarded Mac Dock Icon Throw Pillows8 (see images below). The winners will be picked randomly and announced in the forum and on Twitter after the theme of the icon set has been chosen.



Finally, we’ll release the set as a free download, which you can freely use for personal and commercial use.

Smashing Magazine Is All About Our Readers

At Smashing Magazine, our readers have always been our highest priority. We respect our readers; we listen to them; we are always open to their suggestions; and we always appreciate constructive criticism. This is why we created a number of ways to interact with our readers:

  • We created a friendly Smashing Forum11 to make it possible for our community to exchange ideas and help each other in problem solving.
  • We are using Twitter12 to share useful resources and knowledge with, and get feedback from, our readers (e.g. deciding which article should appear next), and we now have almost 20,000 followers.
  • We are preparing the Smashing Book13, in which our readers can decide what topics will be included.

And now we would like you to decide what icon set we should design and release next, especially for you. We hope to get great feedback from you, and we would like to thank SoftFacade for its cooperation in this event! Please spread the word, too; we would like the design community to decide what would be most useful and interesting for designers out there!

So, what icon set is it going to be, folks?



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    Productivity icons would be cool. They could be used in most Organization Apps such as ToDo lists and in Web apps….

  2. 52

    Those mac pillows look good for me, they look soft te he he.

  3. 103

    Each month of the year (12 total) would be nice for blogging. Could be used in displaying the date for posts. Each month would exemplify the month mood/holiday/or weather. Could be traditional icons or could be larger format with room for the day of the month to be placed overtop.

  4. 154

    I’d like an icon that represents “collaboration” (such as collaboration on projects or between an agent and a client). thanks! :-D

  5. 205

    I also concur with the blog/forum type icons. Different sizes would be nice too.
    Those would be awesome.

    Though I’m loathe to admit it, I’d also like some “sexy” smiley icons too. Something along the lines of the GTalk square set, perhaps. I just want a set that doesn’t look like they were made in 1999, or like I probably downloaded a botnet virus along with them.

  6. 256

    Horror icons! At least a zombie one. Not sure about the rest. :D

  7. 307

    A nice set of modern or grunge motorcycle or streetbike icons would be nice. There doesn’t seem to be any created as of yet that I have been able to locate.

  8. 358

    I think a slick “Go Green” icon set would nice. Keep the world clean with some icon inspiration

  9. 409

    Finally, my dreams can come true! What I need:

    1. Gin & Tonic icon
    2. Coffee related icons, cups, stirrers, lids, coffee bean, hot smoke etc.
    3. Torrent Tracker related: ratio, upload, download, seeders, peers
    4. “Donate” icons
    5. Radio related icons: two-way radios (Motorola) Antenna towers, repeaters.
    6. Brain icon, brains storming icon, ink icon, pen icon, pencil icon etc.

    Thank you in advance

  10. 460

    I’d like to see some retro browser icons. Opera, IE, FF and chrome in a vintage style.

  11. 511

    Pet Icon set would be great. Dogs, Cats, Fish, Hampster, bird, etc.

  12. 562

    I would like to have a slick looking icon set for a dating site with the following icons: register, login, logout, profile, heart, broken heart, search and contact.

    All icons will be used to make a lot of people happy.

    DISCLAIMER: And a few people sad, disappointed and/or hopeless.

  13. 613

    A set of “The Good Life” icons: wine, cigars, high end meals, bling, etc. In fact, nobody has a set of good cigar icons out there.

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    This is what I would really, really like:

    1. Lounge (icon somehow representing a lounge)
    2. Tutorials/Screencasts/Videos/Watch&Learn
    3. Scripts/Free
    4. Forums
    5. Information/About
    6. Contact/FAQ
    7. RSS
    8. Search

    They should all have a “lounge” feeling.

    I would really appreciate this!!


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    I agree with the person who suggested some nice Adobe replacement icons.

    Also, a nice, flat, graphic set to offset all this Web 2.0 shininess that’s everywhere these days. =D

  16. 766

    I’d like a cool CMS Admin Icon Set – like “New Page”, “Delete Page”, “Hide Page”, “Move up”, “Move Down”, “Admin Panel”, “Show Page” and etc…

    Thanks guys!

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    Just last night I was looking around to see if I could find racing icons or vector art, and I couldn’t find anything. Here is my request:

    Sporty Race Icons

    1. Two checkered race flags with poles crossed, flags blowing outward.
    2. A finish line banner, streamer, or something that represents a finish line.
    3. A race car, or race cars, with trail of color indicating movement
    4. A motocross racer, flying in the air (after jumping of course)
    5. A triathlete type logo (running / swimming / bicycling)
    6. Other individual race focused icons.

    Most important to me is the checkered flags icon. I’m sure this would be widely used, and you would receive many thanks!

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    A good set of ‘Weather Icons’ wouldn’t go a miss, which could be possible given the 8 max requirement. If this isn’t a viable suggestion I may give it a go myself, but would love to see what the experts provide. Cheers, George ‘dod’ McKnight

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    I would love an iconset for a freelancer web, I’m starting as freelancer after 5 years working for a company, and I think that have some icon for: home, portfolio, contact, about me, free for job, busy,… don’t know exactly, but somethink like that could be cool.


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    What the web development community needs is a slick icon set to replace the hugely popular FamFamFam silk pack.
    It’s an amazing set, but it could definitely be spruced up with gradients, shadow effects, etc.
    Making all the icons the same size increases appeal. Try to keep colors similar to silk pack, since it has worked very well.

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    Working on a portfolio site and trying to work a “who what where why when how” type of navigation scheme into it.

    Would be neat to have icons for these in some way. Don’t know how yet as I’m still trying to find out how to use these for my navigation in a way that isn’t too vague.

    A shame you can’t make 12 icons or I’d suggest a monthly theme that we could use as “caps” for calendars.

  22. 1072

    I am looking for a Space or space exploration icon theme set.
    Thanks! Cool contest :)

  23. 1123

    Icons for popular news sites, ie. cnn, bbc.

    Could be useful for a small news site that links to these.

  24. 1174

    I own indian recipe website. Can you design cool icons for mysite?

  25. 1225

    Set of Date icons for displaying dates on blogs, news etc.

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    Oooo :O Awesome.. I love those pillows. Are they for sale also?? :)


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    Definitely icons for web portfolios that maybe include web design/graphic design/photography – anything and everything an artist would need to showcase their goods.

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    You should make a icon set to be use for warehouse management system. From different size truck for delivery, different box/envelop style/size to the content of a shipment (tv, computer, books, radio, furniture, dishes, bicycle, etc.) JUST SMASH IT DOWN!

  29. 1429

    How about a good set of developer icons. Open file, close file, edit and much more

  30. 1480

    Hi Smashing Magazine..

    I would like you to design some unique, really elegant art icons :) – for my PC (like My Computer, Documents,.. and If you want icons for file types)

    Thanks Your Crash

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    Extreme sports icon set will be amazing:
    – mountain biking
    – paragliding
    – snowboarding
    – rock climbing

    or some kind of sport equipement icons
    – helmets
    – sport tools

    vintage poster icons (like in SM retro icon set)
    – with blog theme (rss, twitter, comments)
    – software theme (graphic&gallery, text editors, network soft, system)

    Reality icon set
    – city stuffs (park benches, signs, advert. banners, traffic)
    – nature (trees – with RSS marks, plants, stones – with blog/soft marks)

    So, I think, that one of them will be amazing ;-)

    Regards from Czech High school.

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    I got an idea for an article set that I haven’t been able to find yet:

    Say I’m creating a Sitemap flow chart to be used as a PDF, what about some icons for that? A home icon, flash page, regular page, forms, gallery, video, etc.

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    A set of customizable icons would be amazing. Fairly high res as well. PSDs would be swell.
    – Photo Gallery/Portfolio (with interchangable photo)
    – Home (house)
    – Contact (telephone)
    – About (person/people)

    – iMac Monitor (with interchangable photo)

  34. 1684

    A Leather Icon Pack would be cool! Leather and Metal in the style of 80’s rockstars!

  35. 1735

    I would love Garden Shed & Garden tools icons, the sheds would be like a UK garden shed and not a barn



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    foodie, “green” items

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    I’m always looking for cool “HOME” icons…ooh, and RSS ffed icos.

  38. 1888

    Text editor icons would be nice,
    or some webdesign icons

  39. 1939

    This would be perfect- thanks Smashing!!!

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    Carolin Hüttner

    March 18, 2009 1:55 pm

    First of all, great idea (as usual) !!! :-)

    Second of all, there are way too many RSS icons out there already, so something new for a change would be awesome!

    I agree a lot with the idea of “icons for different types of projects”

    – links
    – text
    – presentation
    – pdf
    – web
    – original file (high res)
    – official stuff (like e.g. organising/paper work, etc.)

    Also different numbers (for example Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, … during a job), would be awesome!

    Smiles from Germany, Caro

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    Mike Sammartano

    March 18, 2009 1:59 pm

    I am a science teacher and have been looking for a high quality icon set for my site for ages. It seems most science/nature related icons are really “cliparty” and poorly deisnged. I’d love a nature set with some great astronomy, weather, geology, instruments, atoms, etc icons.

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    Valter Jakovski

    March 18, 2009 1:59 pm

    I’d like someone to successfully design icons for a designers portfolio, using only one color (+brightness) and bacground color.:


    text should be optional, i wish that the icon itself would translate the purpose of it.

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    A definitive set of “basic” icons in the size range of 24 to 48 pixels. The FamFamFam Silk icons have started to become ubiquitous, but they are only 16×16 pixels. A basic, reusable set with icons for folder, forward, backward, up, down, user, etc that are in an unobtrusive color scheme would be something I’d grab and use over and over again. I have plenty of seasonal RSS and Twitter icons… I need something I can use everyday on real applications. Silk does this at 16×16, but lost of sites need larger icons.

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    Hmm…. i have been trouble for months and i have tried and looked everywhere but i still haven’t found nice and sexy poker icons…. :) I know gambling is bad… But i usually play poker 2-4 times a week so it would be best if most of those poker rooms had sexy clean icons :D
    Some ideas: cards, chips, cash, girls, gold and so on :)

    :) Good luck to everyone :)

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    it would be great, if somone would have an idea for an icon about “links” , “anchors”…
    there is no Icon for links…. i am searching since weeks

    cheers ascii

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    Web browsers icons set! :)

  48. 2398

    Just black apple will be perfect !!!!

  49. 2449

    A set of general simple (pixel) small icons, not very glossy to use for the navigation menus ( to put in the side of the links such as “My Account” – “Setting” – and these kind of menus that are not the main menus, but they are for sub menus.

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    Hollis Bartlett

    March 18, 2009 2:37 pm

    I’d love to see a steampunk themed set of icons for standard web pages; home, about, contact, blog, links, photos, facebook, twitter


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