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The most important aspect of designing an individual icon is that it has to be instantly recognizable, you have to know its function, and you need to know exactly what it is. If you are designing a set, the actual design becomes a lot harder, the designer has to face two initial challenges: each icon they design has to be individual and distinctive from the other, and, they also have to have similar features to show that they are related, completing the set. Not an easy task.

Perhaps that is why we love those small indispensible graphical images so much, it’s an appreciation of the hard work, creativity and talent of the designer. And to think, all those hours spent in front of a laptop crafting these little marvels, and then, allowing everyone else to download them for free. To all icon designers we say: “thank you”.

In this post we present a round-up of fresh high-quality icons that are available for free download and (sometimes only for personal) use. Please make sure to read license agreements before using icons in your designs – they can change from time to time.

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Money Back Guarantee Icon Set (registration is required)
100 % Money Back Guarantee Vector Icon Set. The set contains 3 versions: 30 day – 60 day and 90 day.

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Open Source Icons – (37signals)

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Credit Card Icons
22 Credit Card Icons that are perfect for your sites.

Useful Icons and Vectors

Daily Exhaust: Hand & Arrow Icons

Daily Exhaust: Hand & Arrow Icons

Free hand pointer icons

Royalty Free Icons and Stock Images

Webdesigner kit

Webdesigner kit

The Webdesigner Sketchup Icons

Webdesigner kit

Web Buttons Vector
Compilation of the free web button vectors and elements – useful for wireframing and prototyping!

Web Buttons Vector

Top 3 icons pack

Top 3 icons pack

500+ Free Vector Traffic Signs

500+ Free Vector Traffic Signs

Packaging Vector Pack
This Vector Freebie Pack is created by Ian Yates and is available exclusively from Vectortuts+. If your looking for high quality graphics to mock up your next client presentation with, then check out these packaging graphics.

Packaging Vector Pack

Exclusive Stationery Vector Pack
This new Vector Freebie Pack is created by Ian Yates. If you are looking for high quality graphics to mock up your next client presentation with, then check out these graphics.

Exclusive Stationery Vector Pack

Moderators Icons

Moderators Icons

How to be Green at Home

How to be Green at Home

Simple and Minimal icons

Free iPhone Toolbar Icons
Icons designed specifically for iPhone developers, available for free for anyone to use commercially under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Canada license.

PixelPressIcons

Glyphish
Designed and carefully optimized for use on toolbars and tab bars in iPhone apps, these icons are also perfect for Android apps, websites, t-shirts, tattoos and more.

Glyphish

A travel and business vector pack

A travel & business vector pack

Token

Token

Standard Iconset by Templay

New Icon Sets

RRZE Icon Set

New Icon Sets

Characters so far
35 very original and eccentric characters.

New Icon Sets

Beautiful Icons

Philippe Starck Icons
Philippe Starck icons for Windows, Mac OSX, Linux.

Vase

Snow Leopard Icon
The new version of Mac OS X, Snow Leopard, was just released, so the designer decided to celebrate it with a new artwork. Download the Snow Leopard Wallpaper as well!

Snow Leopard

Billiardo 1

Billiardo 1

Moleskine Helvetica Icon

Moleskine Helvetica Icon

Foto Icon

Foto Icon

Free Cute Furry Monster Icons
“I’ve put together a little family of monsters, available for free download in the form of icons. Each monster can be found in PNG, ICNS and ICO filetypes for use on your Mac, PC or for inclusion in your website designs.”

Free Cute Furry Monster Icons

LiveJournal turns 10
Anniversary edition icons set, LiveJournal is celebrating its 10th Anniversary.

Royalty Free Icons and Stock Images

stratocaster Classic psd

stratocaster Classic psd

2001 Space Odyssey

Zyotism:Aesthetics

Vector Kitchen Icons
Vector Kitchen Icons – 25 different examples of kitchen stuff created in funny cartoon style. Set include: teapot, knifes, saucepan, pot, frying pan, plates, cups, microwave oven, forks, kitchen-range and so on. Soft gradients and colors, smooth contours, creative shapes.

Vector Kitchen Icons

Modern Chairs Icons

Modern Chairs Icons

Google Talk Icon

New Icon Sets

Chamber Orchestra

PixelPressIcons

Classic Cameras

Classic Cameras

Camera Nikon

Camera Nikon

Lollipop

Lollipop

Desktop & GUI Icon Sets

Gnome Icon Theme

Gnome Icon Theme

Alcohol

Alcohol

Generic Applications
This icon set is released under a special license which will allow software developers to use this set of 7 icons in their projects.

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Bevel and Emboss
Ever wondered how are all these glossy looking icons made? This is not a tutorial how to make them, as there is a lot of these out there, this is a fully editable PSD source you can download for free and use them for your projects (commercial and non-profit) or to see how this look is achieved.

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32px icons set
A simple set of icons, available only in the resolution 32×32px, only in the iContainter format.

MacThemes

Windows 7 DVD-Box

Windows 7 DVD-Box

Xedia

Xedia

GiNUX
There are 64 icons in this set, all are 64x64px and available in both PNG. and ICO. formats.

New Icon Sets

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Paul Andrew is a freelance Web designer. He is chief admin for Speckyboy - Design Magazine, a Web design, Web development and graphic design resource blog.

  1. 1

    Some great icon sets there – randomly I have used a few on my site in the past.

    Love the Strat set – just wish I had somewhere I could use them! Keep em comin SM!

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    grreat collection, indeed!

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    Super Collections! Thx SM!

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  4. 4

    Very nice sets. Good job.

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    Very nice collection…i love the Webdesigner Mini Kit :)

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  6. 6

    Nice collection there, will no doubt use some of these in the future.

    Not important in the slightest but the Nikon Camera one appears twice for some reason.

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  7. 7

    WOW, what an amazing collection…

    Thanks a lot!

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  8. 8

    Hi’q'h? lol.

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  9. 9

    A great collection, Thanks guys. (You may want to look at the slight typo in the page title……)

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  10. 10

    Nice work on the stratocaster although the head actually looks closer to a Jaguar than a Strat.

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    You guys ROCK !

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  12. 12

    I love this icon collections. I will use it on my blog.

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  13. 13

    Fantastic article and very comprehensive resource list. One of the best and NEWEST!! Keep up the good work guys. I can’t wait to get your book here in Italy!

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  14. 14

    Love these icons, and all the others posted here. Great resources.

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    Thanks again, you guys are always a great source for inspiration.

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  16. 16

    Thanks a lot ! Very usefull.

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  17. 17

    Cool! Thanks a lot!

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  18. 18

    Awesome !!

    Should put a ‘Download full package link’ :P !

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  19. 19

    You guys are incredible.

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  20. 20

    Amazing collection. Just downloaded some of these.

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  21. 21

    Brilliant collection of top notch icons! Thanks :D

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  22. 22

    Wonderful Collections :)

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  23. 23

    Once again, Smashing Magazines delivers a quality collection of icons!

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  24. 24

    Smashing mag has done it again… an awesome collection..

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  25. 25

    Never liked so many in one set… lovely!!!

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  26. 26

    There are genius. I have to learn a lot…

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    I’d like to suggest vectors icons i made a few time ago…. There are several usual bitmap icons, vectorized :
    http://www.reticula.fr/index.php?page=vector

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  28. 28

    Nice icons, though left-handed Stratocaster guitar messes with my mind. Just looks wrong!

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  29. 29

    Wow. this is great stuff. I love your great work to look this up for us. I will definately buy the smashing book! It’s good and you guys deserve to be succesful!

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    2 Errors: Snow Leopard has been released, It’s ‘high’ not ‘hiqh’

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  31. 31

    the article title reads “HIQH quality icons”.

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  32. 32

    Awesome post! Usually I end up having to create my own icons like on my portfolio, but Its awesome that you continue to give sources for inspiration!

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  33. 33

    good looking out!

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  34. 34

    Awesome post! Usually I end up having to create my own icons like on my portfolio, but Its awesome that you continue to give sources for inspiration!

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  35. 35

    when did the term “icon” and high resolution vector graphic become intertwined?

    half of those are graphics you would use on a full page print spread, or some home page advertisement…

    i dont know. not impressed.

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  36. 36

    Sweet, more icon collections

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  37. 37

    These are great!

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  38. 38

    This is awesome. Probably one of the better icon round-ups to date.

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  39. 39

    This one is probably my favorite icon set posts ever. Great stuff.

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  40. 40

    Awesome! Thanks SM, this roundup is great. Love the money back guarantee icons and the XP web designer’s kit.

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  41. 41

    thank you very much ! you guys always smashing !

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  42. 42

    Great job SM! Love these collections. Keep them comin’

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  43. 43

    OK so any one else think the live journal set looks like a bunch of bank robbers with stocking on their head? look at the one to the right really!

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    OK so any one else think the live journal set looks like a bunch of bank robbers with stocking on their head? look at the one to the right really! interactive artist Michael Austin

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    THESE

    ARE

    AWESOME.

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  46. 46

    Wow this is the best Icon collection i’ve ever seen. Usually you just see the same ones over and over again.

    Stay Smashing!

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  47. 47

    Great Collections…

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    Great List… some are going to be of great use for my next design.. Many thanks ! :)

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    thanks.. great collection…..

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    JoetheFunkyAnimator

    September 16, 2009 5:39 pm

    AAAmazing.

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  52. 53

    Wow, really a great high quality free icons. Never imagined they are free for download. THought this was a premium set.

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    Thanks Share!

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  54. 55

    very very nice icons… i like it

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  55. 56

    That’s really a fresh collection – good job and thanks for sharing…..

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  56. 57

    Hmm – Nothing new here. I get tired of seeing the same old icons and graphics all over the web.

    Come on Smashing Mag. Feature things we have not seen before.

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  57. 58

    Nice collection indeed. You’ve gotta love icon-wednesday!

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  58. 59

    wow, nice collection! thanx!

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  59. 60

    OMG! How on earth did you guys find all these?

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  60. 61

    Nice, just a pity that I cannot use them all somewhere :-)

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  61. 62

    Very nice collection, thanxs!

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  62. 63

    :) I love smashing ^_^ it’s always full of goodies!

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  63. 64

    Michael Austin: Yeah, I thought so too.

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  64. 65

    fantastic collection. Thanks for sharing.

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  65. 66

    Wow! great collection… thanks.

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  66. 67

    Nice icons, loads I don’t have.

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  67. 68

    Thank you very much for this. As an avid graphics designer, this will be extremely helpful. Thanks again.

    Corrado Coia

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  68. 69

    It is very useful. Thank you.

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  69. 70

    Very nice and useful…
    Keep Rocking…
    Thank You…

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  70. 71

    lovely collection. thanks :-)

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  71. 72

    Thanks SM, I think is the best icon round-up so far

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  72. 73

    Hey! those strats are all southpaw.

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  73. 74

    Wow, that’s one of the best collections I’ve seen in a while.

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  74. 75

    perfect collection! thanks..

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    If anyone needs some small simple icons, here’s another free set

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  76. 77

    WOW. I want all!!

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  77. 78

    That’s an awesome collection TY!

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  78. 79

    a good post, some icons set are really fantastic, and so fabulous for every site!

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  79. 80

    so good icons,thks a lot……

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  80. 81

    tnx a lot
    great icon packs , It’s very useful for me…

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  81. 82

    very useful for ingress design knowledge…………Thanks!

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  82. 83

    ALL Very nice Design I Like it….

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  83. 84

    thanks! Very nice and useful collection!

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  84. 85

    Great Collection
    Thanks alot

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  85. 86

    So great…… thank you very much and CONGRATULATIONS to all the creators !!!

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  86. 87

    These things are really helpful.Awesome Creativity.
    Thanks to creators for their Creativity

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  87. 88

    Great Icons! Can we use it on our websites ?

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  88. 89

    the icons list are great. look beautiful. thanks

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  89. 90

    very nice, I will use; :)

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  90. 91

    Thank you for putting together such a great collection!
    It’s Amazing how Smashing Magazine contributed to the web.
    I have linked to you guys from my blog

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  91. 92

    Nice colection! Fun, cute and very functional. Cheers.

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  92. 93

    The icons collection is pretty awesome .. will try to use them somewher thanks a ton

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    Awesome Icons, Just downloaded a few, Planning to use them in my next blog design. :)

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  94. 95

    Nice work! i like very much!

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    thanks thanks enjoy

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    Desktop & GUI Icon Sets

    Gnome Icon Theme

    Are these icons free for commercial use?

    Thanks!

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    Animation Institute

    August 25, 2010 4:37 am

    good icons..

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  98. 99

    Brilliant as usual.
    Keep them coming ;)

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  99. 100

    I have Smashing Magazine fever. Can’t stop shopping around. Lotsssss of good stuff down here.

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