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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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e-Commerce Icons

Money Back Guarantee Icon Set3 (registration is required)
100 % Money Back Guarantee Vector Icon Set. The set contains 3 versions: 30 day – 60 day and 90 day.

Money Back Guarantee Icon Set4

Open Source Icons – (37signals)5

Open Source Icons - (37signals)6

10 Free High-Quality E-Commerce Icons7

10 hochwertige, exklusive E-Commerce Icons8

Credit Card Icons9
22 Credit Card Icons that are perfect for your sites.

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Useful Icons and Vectors

Daily Exhaust: Hand & Arrow Icons11

Daily Exhaust: Hand & Arrow Icons12

Free hand pointer icons13

Royalty Free Icons and Stock Images14

Webdesigner kit15

Webdesigner kit16

The Webdesigner Sketchup Icons17

Webdesigner kit18

Web Buttons Vector19
Compilation of the free web button vectors and elements – useful for wireframing and prototyping!

Web Buttons Vector20

Top 3 icons pack21

Top 3 icons pack22

500+ Free Vector Traffic Signs23

500+ Free Vector Traffic Signs24

Packaging Vector Pack25
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 Pack26

Exclusive Stationery Vector Pack27
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 Pack28

Moderators Icons29

Moderators Icons30

How to be Green at Home31

How to be Green at Home32

Simple and Minimal icons

Free iPhone Toolbar Icons33
Icons designed specifically for iPhone developers, available for free for anyone to use commercially under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Canada license.

PixelPressIcons34

Glyphish35
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.

Glyphish36

A travel and business vector pack37

A travel & business vector pack38

Token39

Token40

Standard Iconset by Templay41

New Icon Sets42

RRZE Icon Set43

New Icon Sets44

Characters so far45
35 very original and eccentric characters.

New Icon Sets46

Beautiful Icons

Philippe Starck Icons47
Philippe Starck icons for Windows, Mac OSX, Linux.

Vase48

Snow Leopard Icon49
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 Wallpaper50 as well!

Snow Leopard51

Billiardo 152

Billiardo 153

Moleskine Helvetica Icon54

Moleskine Helvetica Icon55

Foto Icon56

Foto Icon57

Free Cute Furry Monster Icons58
“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 Icons59

LiveJournal turns 1060
Anniversary edition icons set, LiveJournal is celebrating its 10th Anniversary.

Royalty Free Icons and Stock Images61

stratocaster Classic psd62

stratocaster Classic psd63

2001 Space Odyssey64

Zyotism:Aesthetics65

Vector Kitchen Icons66
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 Icons67

Modern Chairs Icons68

Modern Chairs Icons69

Google Talk Icon70

New Icon Sets71

Chamber Orchestra72

PixelPressIcons73

Classic Cameras74

Classic Cameras75

Camera Nikon76

Camera Nikon77

Lollipop78

Lollipop79

Desktop & GUI Icon Sets

Gnome Icon Theme80

Gnome Icon Theme81

Alcohol82

Alcohol83

Generic Applications84
This icon set is released under a special license which will allow software developers to use this set of 7 icons in their projects.

PixelPressIcons85

Bevel and Emboss86
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.

Bevel And Emboss87

32px icons set88
A simple set of icons, available only in the resolution 32×32px, only in the iContainter format.

MacThemes89

Windows 7 DVD-Box90

Windows 7 DVD-Box91

Xedia92

Xedia93

GiNUX94
There are 64 icons in this set, all are 64x64px and available in both PNG. and ICO. formats.

New Icon Sets95

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/07/50-fresh-useful-icon-sets-for-your-next-design/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/16/50-beautiful-useful-and-free-icon-sets/
  3. 3 http://www.dapino-colada.nl/?p=1340
  4. 4 http://www.dapino-colada.nl/?p=1340
  5. 5 http://37signals.com/svn/posts/1844-open-source-icons/
  6. 6 http://37signals.com/svn/posts/1844-open-source-icons/
  7. 7 http://playground.ebiene.de/2316/free-ecommerce-icons/
  8. 8 http://playground.ebiene.de/2316/free-ecommerce-icons/
  9. 9 http://www.fineicons.com/en/free-icons/credit-cards/
  10. 10 http://www.fineicons.com/en/free-icons/credit-cards/
  11. 11 http://blog.thecombustionchamber.com/2008/09/hand_arrow_icons.html
  12. 12 http://blog.thecombustionchamber.com/2008/09/hand_arrow_icons.html
  13. 13 http://www.freeiconsdownload.com/Free_Downloads.asp?id=505
  14. 14 http://www.freeiconsdownload.com/Free_Downloads.asp?id=505
  15. 15 http://lazycrazy.deviantart.com/art/Webdesigner-kit-128351457
  16. 16 http://lazycrazy.deviantart.com/art/Webdesigner-kit-128351457
  17. 17 http://jorgengedeon.deviantart.com/art/The-Webdesigner-Sketchup-Icons-123984910
  18. 18 http://jorgengedeon.deviantart.com/art/The-Webdesigner-Sketchup-Icons-123984910
  19. 19 http://qvectors.com/vector-icons/web-buttons/
  20. 20 http://qvectors.com/vector-icons/web-buttons/
  21. 21 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/Top-3-icons-pack-134311895
  22. 22 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/Top-3-icons-pack-134311895
  23. 23 http://dezignus.com/free-vector-traffic-signs/
  24. 24 http://dezignus.com/free-vector-traffic-signs/
  25. 25 http://vector.tutsplus.com/freebies/vectors/vectortuts-exclusive-freebie-packaging-vector-pack/#more-1437
  26. 26 http://vector.tutsplus.com/freebies/vectors/vectortuts-exclusive-freebie-packaging-vector-pack/#more-1437
  27. 27 http://vector.tutsplus.com/freebies/vectors/vectortuts-freebie-exclusive-stationery-vector-pack/
  28. 28 http://vector.tutsplus.com/freebies/vectors/vectortuts-freebie-exclusive-stationery-vector-pack/
  29. 29 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/Moderators-Icons-60486081
  30. 30 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/Moderators-Icons-60486081
  31. 31 http://www.epa.gov/region8/building/kids/epa/home.html
  32. 32 http://www.epa.gov/region8/building/kids/epa/home.html
  33. 33 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=108
  34. 34 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=108
  35. 35 http://glyphish.com/
  36. 36 http://glyphish.com/
  37. 37 http://qvectors.com/vector-icons/travel-business-vector-icon-pack/
  38. 38 http://qvectors.com/vector-icons/travel-business-vector-icon-pack/
  39. 39 http://brsev.deviantart.com/art/Token-128429570
  40. 40 http://brsev.deviantart.com/art/Token-128429570
  41. 41 http://templay-team.deviantart.com/art/Standard-Iconset-126393911
  42. 42 http://templay-team.deviantart.com/art/Standard-Iconset-126393911
  43. 43 http://rrze-icon-set.berlios.de/gallery.html
  44. 44 http://rrze-icon-set.berlios.de/gallery.html
  45. 45 http://b-positive.deviantart.com/art/characters-so-far-17679804
  46. 46 http://b-positive.deviantart.com/art/characters-so-far-17679804
  47. 47 http://www.visualpharm.com/philippe_starck_icon_set/
  48. 48 http://www.visualpharm.com/philippe_starck_icon_set/
  49. 49 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpaper/?snow_leopard
  50. 50 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpaper/?snow_leopard
  51. 51 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpaper/?snow_leopard
  52. 52 http://mhmoodzaidan.deviantart.com/art/Billiardo-1-116983360
  53. 53 http://mhmoodzaidan.deviantart.com/art/Billiardo-1-116983360
  54. 54 http://bigkobe.deviantart.com/art/Moleskine-Helvetica-Icon-R-122702258
  55. 55 http://bigkobe.deviantart.com/art/Moleskine-Helvetica-Icon-R-122702258
  56. 56 http://2shi.deviantart.com/art/Foto-Icon-83039113
  57. 57 http://2shi.deviantart.com/art/Foto-Icon-83039113
  58. 58 http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/freebies/free-cute-furry-monster-icons-for-mac-pc-and-web
  59. 59 http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/freebies/free-cute-furry-monster-icons-for-mac-pc-and-web
  60. 60 http://turbomilk.com/downloads/livejournal10/
  61. 61 http://turbomilk.com/downloads/livejournal10/
  62. 62 http://lemex.deviantart.com/art/stratocaster-Classic-psd-116798426
  63. 63 http://lemex.deviantart.com/art/stratocaster-Classic-psd-116798426
  64. 64 http://www.zyotism.com/aesthetics/iconsets/2001/index.html
  65. 65 http://www.zyotism.com/aesthetics/iconsets/2001/index.html
  66. 66 http://dezignus.com/vector-kitchen-icons/
  67. 67 http://dezignus.com/vector-kitchen-icons/
  68. 68 http://www.iconspedia.com/pack/modern-chairs-2203/
  69. 69 http://www.iconspedia.com/pack/modern-chairs-2203/
  70. 70 http://hydrattz.deviantart.com/art/Google-Talk-Icon-PNGs-PSD-128543462
  71. 71 http://hydrattz.deviantart.com/art/Google-Talk-Icon-PNGs-PSD-128543462
  72. 72 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=8
  73. 73 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=8
  74. 74 http://iconcubic.deviantart.com/art/Classic-Cameras-Mac-Version-48951222
  75. 75 http://iconcubic.deviantart.com/art/Classic-Cameras-Mac-Version-48951222
  76. 76 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Camera-Nikon-130801274
  77. 77 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Camera-Nikon-130801274
  78. 78 http://mickka.deviantart.com/art/Lollipop-129815327
  79. 79 http://mickka.deviantart.com/art/Lollipop-129815327
  80. 80 http://people.freedesktop.org/~jimmac/icons/#git
  81. 81 http://people.freedesktop.org/~jimmac/icons/#git
  82. 82 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Alcohol-124978275
  83. 83 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Alcohol-124978275
  84. 84 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=21
  85. 85 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=21
  86. 86 http://bevelandemboss.net/free-psd-sources/free-icons-psd-source
  87. 87 http://bevelandemboss.net/free-psd-sources/free-icons-psd-source
  88. 88 http://macthemes2.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16797210
  89. 89 http://macthemes2.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16797210
  90. 90 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Windows-7-DVD-Box-s-125210663
  91. 91 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Windows-7-DVD-Box-s-125210663
  92. 92 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Xedia-129709971
  93. 93 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Xedia-129709971
  94. 94 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/GiNUX-126818033
  95. 95 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/GiNUX-126818033
  96. 96 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/07/50-fresh-useful-icon-sets-for-your-next-design/

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  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!

  2. 2

    grreat collection, indeed!

  3. 3

    Super Collections! Thx SM!

  4. 4

    Very nice sets. Good job.

  5. 5

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

  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.

  7. 7

    WOW, what an amazing collection…

    Thanks a lot!

  8. 8

    Hi’q’h? lol.

  9. 9

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

  10. 10

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

  11. 11

    You guys ROCK !

  12. 12

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

  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!

  14. 14

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

  15. 15

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

  16. 16

    Thanks a lot ! Very usefull.

  17. 17

    Cool! Thanks a lot!

  18. 18

    Awesome !!

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

  19. 19

    You guys are incredible.

  20. 20

    Amazing collection. Just downloaded some of these.

  21. 21

    Brilliant collection of top notch icons! Thanks :D

  22. 22

    Wonderful Collections :)

  23. 23

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

  24. 24

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

  25. 25

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

  26. 26

    There are genius. I have to learn a lot…

  27. 27

    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

  28. 28

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

  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!

  30. 30

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

  31. 31

    the article title reads “HIQH quality icons”.

  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!

  33. 33

    good looking out!

  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!

  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.

  36. 36

    Sweet, more icon collections

  37. 37

    These are great!

  38. 38

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

  39. 39

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

  40. 40

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

  41. 41

    thank you very much ! you guys always smashing !

  42. 42

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

  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!

  44. 44

    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

  45. 45

    THESE

    ARE

    AWESOME.

  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!

  47. 47

    Great Collections…

  48. 48
  49. 49

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

  50. 50

    thanks.. great collection…..

  51. 51

    JoetheFunkyAnimator

    September 16, 2009 5:39 pm

    AAAmazing.

  52. 53

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

  53. 54

    Thanks Share!

  54. 55

    very very nice icons… i like it

  55. 56

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

  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.

  57. 58

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

  58. 59

    wow, nice collection! thanx!

  59. 60

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

  60. 61

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

  61. 62

    Very nice collection, thanxs!

  62. 63

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

  63. 64

    Michael Austin: Yeah, I thought so too.

  64. 65

    fantastic collection. Thanks for sharing.

  65. 66

    Wow! great collection… thanks.

  66. 67

    Nice icons, loads I don’t have.

  67. 68

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

    Corrado Coia

  68. 69

    It is very useful. Thank you.

  69. 70

    Very nice and useful…
    Keep Rocking…
    Thank You…

  70. 71

    lovely collection. thanks :-)

  71. 72

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

  72. 73

    Hey! those strats are all southpaw.

  73. 74

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

  74. 75

    perfect collection! thanks..

  75. 76

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

  76. 77

    WOW. I want all!!

  77. 78

    That’s an awesome collection TY!

  78. 79

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

  79. 80

    so good icons,thks a lot……

  80. 81

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

  81. 82

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

  82. 83

    ALL Very nice Design I Like it….

  83. 84

    thanks! Very nice and useful collection!

  84. 85

    Great Collection
    Thanks alot

  85. 86

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

  86. 87

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

  87. 88

    Great Icons! Can we use it on our websites ?

  88. 89

    the icons list are great. look beautiful. thanks

  89. 90

    very nice, I will use; :)

  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

  91. 92

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

  92. 93

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

  93. 94

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

  94. 95

    Nice work! i like very much!

  95. 96

    thanks thanks enjoy

  96. 97

    Desktop & GUI Icon Sets

    Gnome Icon Theme

    Are these icons free for commercial use?

    Thanks!

  97. 98

    Animation Institute

    August 25, 2010 4:37 am

    good icons..

  98. 99

    Brilliant as usual.
    Keep them coming ;)

  99. 100

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

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