Fresh Free High-Quality Icon Sets

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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

    JoetheFunkyAnimator

    September 16, 2009 5:39 pm

    AAAmazing.

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  2. 103

    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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  3. 154

    Thanks Share!

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  4. 205

    very very nice icons… i like it

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  5. 256

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

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  6. 307

    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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  7. 358

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

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  8. 409

    wow, nice collection! thanx!

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  9. 460

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

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  10. 511

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

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  11. 562

    Very nice collection, thanxs!

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  12. 613

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

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  13. 664

    Michael Austin: Yeah, I thought so too.

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  14. 715

    fantastic collection. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. 766

    Wow! great collection… thanks.

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  16. 817

    Nice icons, loads I don’t have.

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  17. 868

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

    Corrado Coia

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  18. 919

    It is very useful. Thank you.

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  19. 970

    Very nice and useful…
    Keep Rocking…
    Thank You…

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  20. 1021

    lovely collection. thanks :-)

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  21. 1072

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

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  22. 1123

    Hey! those strats are all southpaw.

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  23. 1174

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

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  24. 1225

    perfect collection! thanks..

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  25. 1276

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

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  26. 1327

    WOW. I want all!!

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  27. 1378

    That’s an awesome collection TY!

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  28. 1429

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

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  29. 1480

    so good icons,thks a lot……

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  30. 1531

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

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  31. 1582

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

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  32. 1633

    ALL Very nice Design I Like it….

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  33. 1684

    thanks! Very nice and useful collection!

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  34. 1735

    Great Collection
    Thanks alot

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  35. 1786

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

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  36. 1837

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

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  37. 1888

    Great Icons! Can we use it on our websites ?

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  38. 1939

    the icons list are great. look beautiful. thanks

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  39. 1990

    very nice, I will use; :)

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  40. 2041

    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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  41. 2092

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

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  42. 2143

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

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  43. 2194

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

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  44. 2245

    Nice work! i like very much!

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  45. 2296

    thanks thanks enjoy

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  46. 2347

    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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  48. 2449

    Brilliant as usual.
    Keep them coming ;)

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  49. 2500

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

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