Smashing Community Icon Set: Comment and Win!

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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? Link

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.

Awards Link

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.

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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 Link

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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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.softfacade.com/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/12/smashing-retro-icon-set/
  3. 3 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/freebies-f4/smashing-community-icon-set-join-in-t1650.html
  4. 4 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/freebies-f4/smashing-community-icon-set-join-in-t1650.html
  5. 5 http://www.softfacade.com/
  6. 6 http://twitter.com/smashingmag
  7. 7 http://www.twitter.com/softfacade
  8. 8 http://throwboy.com/icons.php
  9. 9 http://throwboy.com/icons.php
  10. 10 http://throwboy.com/icons.php
  11. 11 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/
  12. 12 http://twitter.com/smashingmag
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/24/the-smashing-book-join-in/

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  1. 1

    a la taraska!

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  2. 2

    Do me a slick web 2.0 icon set with huge icons for use on portfolios, please. :o

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  3. 3

    Ok, as much as I dislike Apple those pillows are fukken awesome.

    That’s all. :3

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  4. 4

    A cool Firefox icon will be awesome :)

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  5. 5

    wheeee! I was thinking a new adobe set would be cool… or maybe a folder set

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  6. 6

    My blog has the following major sections and I would love to iconify them: life, philosophy, technology, food & nutrition, and political science.

    Thanks. :D

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  7. 7

    I think a yahoo messenger icon pillow will look awsome :) !

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  8. 8

    Since we are about to start March Madness, how about some sports or (gulp) gambling icons?

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  9. 9

    A good set of account icons would be great. There’s a lot of good free icon sets out there (including many folders, adobe, browser icons), but it seems as though a lot of the new 2.0 style icons are more geared toward desktops, rss, and social networking.
    I think account icons would be something not so commonly found. Good examples would be: log in/ log out, edit my info, etc.
    The ebooks suggestion below is also great.

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  10. 10

    Smashing Community Icon Set submission.
    I’ve never been able to find icons specific to eBooks. And so suggest icons for eBooks/eLibrary
    – library icon(s)
    – eBook File icon
    – eBook Device icon (generic, kindle, eReader, other?)
    – favorite eBooks icon
    – eBook Maker (printing/Gutenberg press) icon

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  11. 11

    awesome…. Thanks Smashing Magazine…

    :)

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  12. 12

    I have a few Icons in Mind:

    First, a Picasa icon set on a face of some-sort. Their are 5 different colors in their logo so it might be challenging.

    Second, I would love to see a blackberry icon for blackberry messenger. This kind of icon would drive traffic to your site like crazy because its a Google search gem.

    Third, and lastly: a calender icon that will impress. There are many calender icons out there but they are pretty bland. Is it possible to make something sexy?

    I don’t want the prizes as much as I want those three icons! If you do them, that is prize enough!

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  13. 13

    A usauabilty set, u know for indicating to users: internal links, external links.

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  14. 14

    I’d like to see sea based icons. They are quite rare, I must say, so I have much trouble to find sea creatures, like seahorse, shells, tridents & anchors anywhere. So, I’ll go by that.
    There sure are a bunch of social icon sets out there and we don’t need another one.
    Although, what I’d really like to see is one Tweety [from Sylvester & Tweety] twitter icon.

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    Phillip Mackenzie

    March 18, 2009 10:54 am

    I’m desperate for high-quality, customizable icons…like a photo album that has a photo on the front of it that you can replace with your own; or a folder with a spot to put your own logo on it, etc.

    These would have to be in PSD format, but I think adding a few of those in with the set would be…smashing!

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  16. 16

    An Adobe set would definitely be really cool. What about ammunition?

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  17. 17

    customizable social grunge icons maybe?

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    I’d also like to have a nice web 2.0 icon set with huge icons for use on portfolios ;)

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  19. 19

    Hi guys,

    MAKE A TUBE BOX,
    I need it for the website I’m working on and I can only find square box, we sell wall decalls so we send it in smashing tubes, so do a TUBE set guys :D to put awesome icons on our shipping infos page !

    Smashing magazine is all about the details right ? MAKE ME PROUD.

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  20. 20

    e-commerce icon set would be great.
    basket, product, category, attributes, brand, order, shipping, bank, credit card, paypal, etc…

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  21. 21

    How about a nice set of icons for Tumblr (Text, Photo, Link, etc…) that could be used in a custom theme.

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  22. 22

    We would like to see some huge icons too for use in portfolio’s or in footers. Even some room plants would be nice !

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  23. 23

    Cool ! all are very great … i want it !!!

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  24. 24

    Something I’ve searched for but not found is a nice ‘forum’ icon set. Which involves threads/stickies/popular/updated/new/fav/etc….

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  25. 25

    A set of TINY icons for a web portal, icons like writeNewArticle.gif or deleteComment.gif. Using them as link enhancer.

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  26. 26

    An extreme sports icon set would be super cool. Skate boards, bmx bicycle parts. that would be sweet!

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  27. 27

    I would like to see a set of icons for folders that organize my different design work. Examples: Freelance, Full-Time job, Web, Print, Fun, Test Projects, Finished Work, Current Work, or Upcoming Work.

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  28. 28

    Hi, I need icons to indicate that certain post contains a video as well.

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  29. 29

    A Underwater (some like splash in the water) social icons!

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  30. 30

    Good idea. I agree Avanak. E-commerce icons would be appreciated here :D
    Thanks SM !

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    A set for different media types which could be used for tumbelogs/microblogging/lifestreams: text, photo, link, video, quote, chat, audio, status. That makes 8, and I’m out of ideas anyway.

    But free icons are great, so I’m cool with whatever comes out of this.

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  32. 32

    A LIFEATREAMING icon would be nice.
    Since Lifestreaming is the next big thing, it would be good to start with new icons.

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  33. 33

    These pillows are every obsessed apple fans (such as myself) ultimate home furnishing accessories!!!

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  34. 34

    I would go for health related icons.

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  35. 35

    Nice - SE7ENize.com

    March 18, 2009 11:19 am

    I want cute icon set for blogger that contains
    1. Comment bubble
    2. Email icon
    3. Feed icon
    4. User icon
    5. Delicious icon
    6. twiiter icon
    7. Pencil/Pen icon
    8. Star/Heart icon
    9. Folder icon
    10. Paper icon
    plus..cat icon, simply because I love cats! :P

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  36. 36

    Hello! Samsung T260 icons would be nice. Also different pen/pencil icons would be useful. Good luck everyone! Matt in Chicago.

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  37. 37

    Would love an Art Deco style icon set! Could conatin Art Deco versions of RSS, folder, Twitter, etc icons.

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  38. 38

    I would love to see some high-res FOOD icons: coffee mugs, sandwiches, sodas, steaks, popcorn, etc.

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  39. 39

    What about a Fashion Icon Set?

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  40. 40

    I’d like to see a full developer icon set with about 100+ icons

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  41. 41

    I’d like to see popular free software icons. Could include:
    * GIMP
    * Notepad++
    * Audacity
    * Firefox
    * Inkscape
    * Digsby

    Or, go generic so they can be used across programs:
    * Graphic Software
    * Text Editors
    * Chat Clients
    * Sound
    * Video

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  42. 42

    I like the idea of folder icons for different types of projects. As an artist I have a lot of trouble keeping all my files organized. Maybe some things like photography, vector, pdf, web, graphic etc. I think that would be wicked cool =)

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    I love art and history so maybe some sort of sweet Indiana Jones inspired themed ones: excavation of an artifact (pot) for ‘search’ function, a stack of old library books with candle for ‘archives’, a broken column for ‘help or repair’, maybe an old scroll and pen for a ‘blog or communications’, an aged blueprint possibly for ‘site map’, ancient coins coming out of a purse for ‘purchase’, an old decrepid mine entrance with danger sign for ‘caution’, aged lock for ‘protection’, a shovel, trowel, and paintbrush for ‘tools’, vintage airplane and jeep over an old globe for ‘travel’, nailed up crate with bits of straw poking out for ‘security’, old tent for ‘home or accomodations’, water bottle & exotic fruit for ‘food or rest’, big boulder rolling down hill at you ‘caution’, fedora & whip for ‘accessorizing’, an old sepia tone photo of an explorer/adventurer in front of pyramids in a scrapbook for ‘images’, well you get the picture.

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  44. 44

    A nice Opera icon or Icons vor graphicprogramms and webdevelopment tools

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  45. 45

    WordPress or mini icons will be great :)

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  46. 46

    icons to use on the blog would be great!
    as in Comment bubble, Email, Feed icon, User
    ,Pencil, paper etc :) and the social media ones obviously hehe

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  47. 47

    Do me an Icon for Searchplugins (the browser-thingi in the topper-right). And for Ideas (no excamation mark), Music (no notes), Video-Games (no gamepad), Party (no dancing people) & blogging (no pencil).

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  48. 48

    How about robot icons? Everybody loves robots. What about like, different robot head icons spanning the entire lifetime of how robots appeared in that time period. Know what I mean?

    Man I gotta get off this robot kick.

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  49. 49

    I would love a set of icons that portray career venues or hobbies. (ie architect, accountant, teaching, director, etc)

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  50. 50

    My vote goes for a host of original matching icons for social networking sites and RSS feeds.

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