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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    How about a set for an ecommerce application. We dont have much here viz. cart, add to cart, checkout etc.

  2. 152

    Allahverdi Sefihanov

    March 18, 2009 11:20 pm

    where it is?

  3. 303

    Container Transport

    2.Vessel (Container Ship)
    5.Forklift (Container Handler)
    6.Locomotive (Rail Transport)

  4. 454

    I want an Adobe CS4 pillow set! NOW! :)

  5. 605

    How about icon for each specific application, like: music, graphic editor, text editor, etc. with vintage looks?

  6. 756

    I’d really like to have some cool ecommerce-icons like carts, some arrows, “money”, more details-icon, creditcard-icons, etc. I know there are millions of them already but really no’one has created a “full package” yet.

  7. 907

    I’m working in a scrum enviroment since a few weeks and i need to create a visual workflow of this scrum method. No icons to be found anywhere though. Icons i really could use are:
    – scrum master (person)
    – sprint
    – breakdown chart
    – backlog
    – daily scrum meeting
    – product owner (person)
    – product
    – time estimate

  8. 1058

    i want a finder pillow please

  9. 1209

    mini file and folder icons, 8×8

  10. 1360

    Arcade icons!

  11. 1511

    I’d like to see a set for “COLLABORATION”

    The icons would be
    1. Project (ie select a project)
    2. Publish (upload a document)
    3. Library (a place for reference documents)
    4. Team (manage your team)
    5. Search (through uploaded documents)
    6. Processes/Workflow ( link to area of site that manages workflow)
    7. Cost (are of site that controls financial implications of change)
    8. Milestones ( manage key dates in the project)


  12. 1662

    e-commerce iconset would be great…

  13. 1813

    Icons for cms system will be awesome! Thx.

  14. 1964

    Perfect! Good idea!

    i’d like some beautiful web2.0, social media, blogging icons. it’s better to be more cute and cartoon.



  15. 2115

    Icon for
    1. My Homepage
    2. My Blog
    3 . My Social page (twitter, facebook)
    4. My photo&video portfolio
    5. My Calendar
    6. My Links
    7. My charts
    8. My Contact

    hi guys good job!!!

  16. 2266

    Since most of the user here are designer & some Developers/Writers, I would recommend for designing next-generation icon sets for displaying in their portfolio:
    1. Home
    2. Portfolio
    3. Services
    4. About me/Profile/News
    5. Design
    6. Development
    7. Art
    8. Contact

  17. 2417

    hy! what a cute pillow set, very nice :) i like them.

    I`d also need a set for a CMS. We`ve created a new one and some pretty icons for the web backend would be great. What do I need …
    – edit
    – new page / new image
    – delete
    – folder
    – arrow (next, previous)
    – login
    – logout
    – save

    :) thx and have a nice day!

  18. 2568

    Please please please Smashing Magazine – Design an icon set treating the subject of magic (card magic, slight of hand etc) with playing cards, rabbits in hats etc. It is not existing anywhere so far and I did not get arround to do them myself.

    That would be sooooo cooool

  19. 2719

    * New item
    * Edit item
    * Delete item
    * Print
    * User
    * Sort up/down
    * login/out

  20. 2870

    Hm… I’d like some basic phone function icons for my blackberry :D Like settings, messages, media, memopad, alarm, calendar, address book :)

  21. 3021

    Icons on Dress

    e.g. nice skirt, t-shirt, i like this dress, etc.

    Will be very useful set for many fashion-style websites.
    In fact, I am looking for such a set for a long time, anyone knows any good place for these icons?

    thx. keep up the good work smashing!

  22. 3172

    Oooo, they look so cool!!

    The apple logo, but maybe in different colours like the ipods :)
    I like the idea of the adobe creative suite icons (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash…)

  23. 3323

    I agree with Megan (#42) and would like to see some project organising icons:

    1. works
    2. inspiration
    3. knowledge base
    4. text tutorials
    5. video tutorials
    6. [future] projects
    7. private

  24. 3474

    Some cool artistic icons pleazz :)

  25. 3625

    A nice web developper icon set would be great (PHP, CSS, XHTML, XML etc)

  26. 3776

    I think a practical web set would be useful. e.g. site-search, download, information, email, external link, user, error/warning and a calendar icon.

  27. 3927

    Ecommerce icons. Create/Add, Read/View, Update/Edit, Delete, Confirmation (that something has been changed), Warning for validation messages, A what does this mean icon, usually seen by the side of forms such as your bank CV2 number, Basket, Save, Payment cards etc.

  28. 4078

    Icons for all Social Webpages,

    – Twitter
    – MySpace
    – Facebook
    – Xing

    And than the basics like

    – mail
    – mobile phone
    – home

    same style to all the icons

  29. 4229

    I DJ and would like an icon set to use on my website – one icon for each main section:

    1. Info
    2. News
    3. DJ dates
    4. Charts
    5. Podcast
    6. Gallery
    7. Contact
    8. Links

    I realise there are lots of music icons about but I have never seen any that target DJing.

    Just a thought…

  30. 4380

    Twitter / Facebook

  31. 4531

    fuuu super :)

  32. 4682

    I want to car icons :)

  33. 4833

    I would like to ask for cool menu set icons (main page, about author, contact, archiv, fotogallery, price list,…)

    thanks a lot

  34. 4984

    I’d like a cool icon set for a web design portfolio site.

    Thank you.

  35. 5135

    i would be happy about these positiv/negative icons:
    – newsletter subscribe / unsubscribe
    – Login / Logout
    – Yes / No
    – Submit / Delete

    also a general homepage set would be nice:
    – Home
    – About
    – Contact
    – Imprint
    – Links
    – Gallery
    – Shop
    – Blog
    – News

    And last but not least a CMS backend set as mentioned before.

  36. 5286

    MSN Icons would be perfect

  37. 5437

    I’d like to have a icon set for a psd slice service. (slice icon, order icon, work example icon, testimonials icon, contact icon…)

    Thank you.

    I hope I’ll win this. Good luck to everyone!

  38. 5588

    What about huge (240×240 and of course the small variants too: 64×64, 16×16) Icons with transparent Background for download-categories on Web2.0 Sites?

    The Categories could be:
    “jQuery” or “Joomla”

    The jQuery-Icon would be cool, because i think there is not really an icon existing for it.

  39. 5739

    Old games pixel art icons.. please

  40. 5890

    Wow, Great Idea.

    I’d love some Fruits, Food related colorfull icons.. Icreams, drinks.. Yummy! :P

    Another idea will be Icons of Social Networking sites which are not much found like Orkut, Facebook, Linked In, etc.. People need that and much aren’t available in beautifull art. =)

  41. 6041

    wow!!!!! thats great. i would love to have:

    1 – A sheet of paper with a pen
    2 – A fax machine
    3 – A scanner
    4 – An Email icon
    5 – An upload icon

    all of the should look good next to each other > navigation

    thanks so much!!!

  42. 6192

    Alexander Poliakov

    March 19, 2009 2:14 am

    Hi! I’d like to have an icons for multitouch devices: tables, walls this could be well used by NUI Group community.


  43. 6343

    Icons for specific content would be great.

    Best Seller
    Special Offer
    Limited Edition

  44. 6494

    I would love to see and use following icons

    Alphabet icons(Typographic).
    Sepia toned icons

  45. 6645

    Pillows are nice!

    I’d like CMS icons

  46. 6796

    This comes bang on time. I have to design an icon that expresses “EMBED”, as in embed that video link on your pages. I’ve looked around and so far have found: a cinefilm with an arrow pointing down (CNN) and the code “</” from Vimeo. But we need an EMBED ICON that can become a standard!!
    thank you Smashing People!

  47. 6947

    I would really need myspace, facebook and weather icons to use with Samurize as a real time updater on your desktop, that would need designing the whole shabbang to it ;)

  48. 7098

    Great Icons!

  49. 7249

    How about some set for photographers as: fashion, portrait, beauty, retouch, portfolio, commercial etc.?

  50. 7400

    Icon set for menus. Like Contact, Home, About us, etc.


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