My Favorite Icon Sets

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I’ve been receiving a few emails lately asking me for some of the web design resources that I personally use. Well, I’d like to start sharing my resources with our readers so today, I’ve gathered up a collection of the icon sets that I have personally downloaded and use on a daily basis.

One thing that I’ve emphasized before is to have a collection of resources1 at your disposal. There are a lot of different icons out there and choosing which ones to download and save in your resources can be difficult. I used to just be download happy and download every icon set that I found and I found that to be very ineffective as I would still end up having to sort through hundreds of folders looking for the right icons.

Well, in this post, I’d like to share some of my favorite icon sets that are available for download. And guess what, they are all free!

My favorite Icon Sets

spirit202
This excellent icon set consists of almost 500 transparent PNGs at 20×20 pixels, and is completely free to use for both personal and commercial projects. No attribution is required.

Spirit 203

Isloo4
These fantastic icons are from Icon Finder. You can use them in any project you like. They were designed by the talented Asher Abbasi5. The freebie consists of 50 beautiful icons. The icons are all colorful and detailed and can by used in any commercial project – just don’t redistribute without written permission.

Isloo6

Toolbar Icon Set7
This free set comes with 35 icons that you can use in your website design. The icons are very detailed and looks great and it’s great to use especially if you want icons that aren’t too big or small.

Toolbar Icon Set8

Boolean9
These icons are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license10. The set took over one month to make. Now, Its all up to your creativity, the metaphors depicted here aren’t meant to be used as is, you can give them your own spin, like the Binocular for Search, Legos for Add-Ons/Plugins, Tree for directory tree, what have you. If you want to use them without attribution in your commercial works, then send an email to prax08@gmail.com

Boolean11

PixeloPhilia212
A very nice icon set that I just recently found. The icons contained in this set are very useful and this set is a must-have for any web designer.

PixeloPhilia13

Corner Stone14
This set from Iconlicious is just that, delicious. Although there’s not too many icons in this set, it’s still a very useful collection.

Cornerstone15

Icon Sweets16
IconSweets is a free icon set containing 60 vector Photoshop shapes, influenced by icon sets such as Glyphish and Pictoico. You may use these icons for both commercial and non-commercial projects and customize them any way you like.

Icon Sweets17

WooFunction18
The WooFunction Icon Set includes 178 amazing web-related icons in a sophisticated and glossy design style. All 178 icons are available as 32×32 pixel PNG files and they are indeed pixel-perfect. If you have an in-depth look at the individual icons, you’ll notice that a lot of time was spent paying attention to the finer details, which means that this is a really classy icon set.

WooThemes Function19

Gentleface Toolbar Icons20
These icons can be used for wireframes and software mockups creation, websites and software applications toolbars and menus including iPhone and iPod apps. You’ll find a set of 8 cursors and 236 icons in black and white color versions. The icons include pagination arrows, ratings and voting controls, social interaction symbols file system and text editor actions. The entire set totals 244 original icons optimized for 16×16 pixel size and available in 16×16, 32×32 and 48×48 pixel sizes.

Toolbar Icons21

Komodo Media Social Network Icons22
These social media icons, created by Rogie King are just perfect. I can’t even name the number of times that I have used these icons in my web projects. Definitely something that will be extra helpful to any web designer.

Social Media23

Default Icon24
Default Icon is a repository of free icons in their simplest form. It can be used even on portable devices (iPhone, iPad, android compatible devices etc) with minimum capabilites as the resolution is 1-bit and fully customizable as there is an eps version present. Available for download in .eps, .png, .gif formats, in black and white colors, in sizes 16×16, 24×24, 32×32, 48×48, 64×64, 128×128, 256×256.

Default Icon25

Pictodeck26
Pictodeck is a set of over 700 pictograms in vector format designed specifically for Keynote. That means you can rescale them to any size you desire without any loss in quality. All of the icons also support transparency.

Pictodeck27

Glyphish28
This icon set was designed and carefully optimized for use on toolbars and tab bars in iPhone & iPad apps, they’re also perfect for Android apps, websites, t-shirts more.

Glyphish29

Iconic30
Iconic is a minimal set of icons consisting of 120 marks in raster and vector formats — free for public use.

Iconic31

Mini Icon Collection32
Here are 113 10×10 greyscale icons in .gif format to use in your next design. Perfect for those small areas where you need to use an icon.

Mini Icons33

Sanscons34
Sanscons was design specifically for you to use CSS with them. Due to their transparent background, you can apply any color or background image to them for a more custom fit. Styling the icons takes only a basic understanding of CSS.

Bitcons and Sanscons35

Sweetie-Basepack36
The Sweetie family is cute and clean. And free! This set has been around for five years, but it’s still going strong. So far its been downloaded over 50,000 times, and is seen all over the web on great projects like BuddyPress37, Rock Paper Shotgun38, and VLC39.

Sweetie40

Circular Icon Set41
A themed collection of 100+ 16×16 icons in alpha PNG format. Circular is free to use for whatever you like without attribution – the only thing that the creators ask is that you don’t distribute them yourself!

Circular42

LED Icon Set43
The LED Icon Set was designed for web designers/developers by Aleksandr Kozmenko. These .png icons make a professionally looking icon set and it is totally free.

LED Icon Set44

Quartz45
Quartz is an icon set that contains 90 simple and stylish icons. Dedicated to the blogoshpere, Quartz Icon Pack has numerous types of icons: files, folders, charts, books, boxes, social networking sites, email etc. All icons are free to use for personal and commercial projects.

Quartz Icon Pack46

Lullacons47
These icons are made to work on any background and in any browser. (Note the 32×32 large icons only work well on lighter backgrounds). They are in 8-bit PNG format, with 1-bit transparency. Worry not about IE compatibility, which has full support for 1-bit transparency in PNGs. IE/Win only does not support alpha-transparency in 24-bit PNGs (but will be supported in IE7). If that was over your head, don’t worry. Just rest easy knowing that these icons work in any browser.

Lullacons48

Chalkwork HTML49
Chalkwork HTML is a free set of HTML-themed icons. Featuring 31 graphical representations of common markup elements, this is a completely free icon set available for personal and commercial projects alike.

Chalkwork HTML50

Twotiny51
The twotiny icon set was created for us in websites and web applications. The set features many diferent icons with a few color variations.

TwoTiny52

Silk53
“Silk” is a smooth, free icon set, containing over 700 16-by-16 pixel icons in strokably-soft PNG format. Containing a large variety of icons, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy. And all for a low low price of $0.00. You can’t say fairer than that.

Silk Icons54

Mini Icons55
Another free set offered by famfamfam, “Mini” is a set of 144 GIF icons available for free use for any purpose.

Mini Icons56

Bonus: Iconza57
Here’s a very useful site. Iconza is a collection of free icons that can be colored and reduced in size to your taste. If you are a happy site or blog owner, you will be able to pick icons that will fit right into your design.

http://www.iconza.com/58

Additional Resources

Still didn’t find the right icons for your project? Then try searching through these sites to find the right fit for your project.

Icon Search

While having a great collection of icons is necessary for a web designer, knowing when and how to use these icons will be beneficial as well. Here are some great articles online that deal with this subject.

Articles About the Use of Icons

Well, I hope that this post was helpful to you. I will try to share more of my resources in future posts. By the way, did I miss any new icon sets that would be useful for web designers? Then go ahead and share it with us in the comments. And while you’re at it, you can subscribe to the RSS feed here72.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://designinformer.com/designer-do-right-now/
  2. 2 http://www.19eighty7.com/icons/
  3. 3 http://www.19eighty7.com/icons/
  4. 4 http://www.iconfinder.com/blog/anniversary/
  5. 5 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com
  6. 6 http://www.iconfinder.com/blog/anniversary/
  7. 7 http://www.19eighty7.com/icons/
  8. 8 http://shlyapnikova.deviantart.com/art/Toolbar-Icon-Set-165905043
  9. 9 http://prax-08.deviantart.com/art/Boolean-The-Pixel-Icon-City-166457851
  10. 10 http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  11. 11 http://prax-08.deviantart.com/art/Boolean-The-Pixel-Icon-City-166457851
  12. 12 http://omercetin.deviantart.com/art/PixeloPhilia2-166570194
  13. 13 http://omercetin.deviantart.com/art/PixeloPhilia2-166570194
  14. 14 http://iconlicious.com/freebies#cornerstone
  15. 15 http://iconlicious.com/freebies#cornerstone
  16. 16 http://www.iconsweets.com/
  17. 17 http://www.iconsweets.com/
  18. 18 http://www.woothemes.com/2009/09/woofunction-178-amazing-web-design-icons/
  19. 19 http://www.woothemes.com/2009/09/woofunction-178-amazing-web-design-icons/
  20. 20 http://www.gentleface.com/free_icon_set.html
  21. 21 http://www.gentleface.com/free_icon_set.html
  22. 22 http://www.komodomedia.com/blog/2009/06/social-network-icon-pack/
  23. 23 http://www.komodomedia.com/blog/2009/06/social-network-icon-pack/
  24. 24 http://www.defaulticon.com/
  25. 25 http://www.defaulticon.com/
  26. 26 http://www.noupe.com/freebie/pictodeck-icon-set-over-700-free-pictograms-for-keynote.html
  27. 27 http://www.noupe.com/freebie/pictodeck-icon-set-over-700-free-pictograms-for-keynote.html
  28. 28 http://glyphish.com/
  29. 29 http://glyphish.com/
  30. 30 http://somerandomdude.com/projects/iconic/
  31. 31 http://somerandomdude.com/projects/iconic/#
  32. 32 http://www.brandspankingnew.net/archive/2006/12/hohoho.html
  33. 33 http://www.brandspankingnew.net/archive/2006/12/hohoho.html
  34. 34 http://somerandomdude.com/projects/sanscons/
  35. 35 http://somerandomdude.com/projects/sanscons/
  36. 36 http://sublink.ca/downloads/Sweetie-BasePack-v3.zip
  37. 37 http://buddypress.org/
  38. 38 http://rockpapershotgun.com/
  39. 39 http://videolan.org/vlc
  40. 40 http://sublink.ca/downloads/Sweetie-BasePack-v3.zip
  41. 41 http://prothemedesign.com/circular-icons/
  42. 42 http://prothemedesign.com/circular-icons/
  43. 43 http://led24.de/iconset/
  44. 44 http://led24.de/iconset/
  45. 45 http://www.graphicrating.com/2009/06/19/quartz-icon-pack/
  46. 46 http://www.graphicrating.com/2009/06/19/quartz-icon-pack/
  47. 47 http://www.lullabot.com/articles/free-gpl-icons-lullacons-pack-1
  48. 48 http://www.lullabot.com/articles/free-gpl-icons-lullacons-pack-1
  49. 49 http://www.mezzoblue.com/icons/chalkwork/html/
  50. 50 http://www.mezzoblue.com/icons/chalkwork/html/
  51. 51 http://code.google.com/p/twotiny/
  52. 52 http://code.google.com/p/twotiny/
  53. 53 http://famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/
  54. 54 http://famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/
  55. 55 http://www.19eighty7.com/icons/
  56. 56 http://famfamfam.com/lab/icons/mini/
  57. 57 http://www.iconza.com/
  58. 58 http://famfamfam.com/lab/icons/mini/
  59. 59 http://www.iconfinder.net/
  60. 60 http://findicons.com/
  61. 61 http://www.iconseeker.com/
  62. 62 http://www.iconlet.com/
  63. 63 http://www.iconlook.com/
  64. 64 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/03/how-to-use-icons-to-support-content-in-web-design/
  65. 65 http://blog.echoenduring.com/2010/03/30/icons-and-the-web-part-1-why-they-matter/
  66. 66 http://inspectelement.com/articles/making-the-most-of-icons-in-web-design/
  67. 67 http://www.designmeltdown.com/chapters/icons/
  68. 68 http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2009/05/01/how-to-use-iconse/
  69. 69 http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2007/08/10/are-your-icons-working-for-you/
  70. 70 http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?16
  71. 71 http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/learning_to_love_the_pixel_exploring_the_craft_of_icon_design
  72. 72 http://feeds.feedburner.com/design-informer

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  1. 1

    Thanks for putting both Isloo and a link to IconFinder in the list.

  2. 3
  3. 4

    Oh really a nice collection!

    I’m a big fan of icons and, even if I already own some of those packs, I have to take a closer look to all the others, thanks. :)
    .-= Claudia´s Latest Entry – Photo Manipulation: artisti d’eccellenza per creazioni d’eccellenza =-.

  4. 5

    Nice collection – thank you for sharing Jad!

  5. 6

    Thanks for sharing!

    and thanks to the icon designers offering them for free.

  6. 7

    Thanks for providing us with this awesome icon set! I wonder if DubLi has any?

  7. 8

    Adrián Boimvaser

    June 11, 2010 7:32 pm

    Another great icon set is Fugue Icons (http://p.yusukekamiyamane.com/).
    2,926 16×16 pixels icons in PNG format.

  8. 10

    Great list, stumbled, tweeted, and added to Delic.

    Heres a link from IconFinder that has all of the sets together for easy viewing
    http://www.iconfinder.com/free_icons
    .-= Lee Gustin´s Latest Entry – 30 Rocking Band Posters =-.

  9. 11

    Some cool new icons Jad!
    .-= sriganesh´s Latest Entry – Tutorial:Create a stone textured text effect in photoshop =-.

  10. 12
  11. 13

    Nice and awesome collection!!

  12. 14

    When I saw the title of this post, I was thinking, “Oh no, has DI caught the list post bug?” But this is actually the best list of free icon resources I’ve seen. Great work, Jad.

    I am always looking, at the last minute, for icons for projects. What ends up happening is me wasting precious time just trying to find the right ones to fit a project. My business partner and I have decided to start subcontracting interface and icon designers to create custom art, moving forward, but this will definitely come in handy for the time being. Many, many thanks.
    .-= Erik Ford´s Latest Entry – Behind the Design & Development of the Six11Ink Website =-.

  13. 15

    That’s a pretty decent list… Some new icons I’ve never seen… Thanks!

  14. 16

    Nice list, but you left out the Fatcow icon set! http://www.fatcow.com/free-icons/

  15. 17

    Very good collection of icon sets. I could use some of these in my designs.

    Thanks so much.
    .-= Dan´s Latest Entry – Sites Powered by WordPress #4 =-.

  16. 18

    I have to second Eric on this one. I thought you had gone South Jad, not the dreaded list post. But, to my amazement you offered up the perfect resource for icons. I have quite a few of these in my library but a few new ones were found here so thank you for that. Keep up the great work.
    .-= Lucas Cobb Design´s Latest Entry – Designing for the Web =-.

  17. 19

    Thanks for this nice icon set collection! A already have some of this sets, but not all!

  18. 20

    A Great List… :)

    Thnx Jad!
    .-= Sid´s Latest Entry – Importance of 404 Pages =-.

  19. 21

    This is a wonderful collection which every designer need. Not more. :)

  20. 22

    Very nice, great list. Lovely icons. Thanks share!
    .-= Vectorss´s Latest Entry – Rose – Bee Vector =-.

  21. 23

    Thanks for this icon sets. They are great! I will use some of these for sure.

  22. 24

    Nice collection, my favorite is Fugue Icons like noticed Adrian before in the comments.

    By the way, I just released a vector icon library for creating wireframes and designing online applications.
    290 vectors icons for free :-)
    http://www.webalys.com/design-interface-application-framework.php

    .

  23. 25

    WOW, really GREAT!!!
    Thanks for the links!

  24. 26

    Not to be too anal-retentive, but the Silk icon set from FAMFAMFAM is actually 1001 icons, not 700. I think you are referring to the original release. Mark James has updated the set twice…

    Good post, otherwise. :)

  25. 27

    Thanks for sharing your favorite icon sets. I just downloaded PixeloPhilia2 and Toolbar Icon Set.

  26. 28

    Thanks for sharing, nice to see some good and new icon sets.

  27. 29

    Amazing collection… Rare, beautiful and stunning icon sets… Thanks for sharing. :-)

    -Deepu

  28. 30

    Yeah, Fugue Icons should be in the list. Nice collection though, cheers!

  29. 31

    Where would web design be without icons?! Awesome list Jad, Komodo is my personal favorite. And I’m addicted to IconFinder as well, it’s soooo useful!

  30. 32

    Fantastic list there. And best of all free… woot! Thanks Jad!
    .-= Gabriel Reiser´s Latest Entry – .Net 3.5 ORM made easy – Part III – Reflection – Custom Attributes.. =-.

  31. 33

    OH! :OO This is a great line up of icons, now I know where to go when I need Icons, some of these I have used before, but I see some I really, really love in the list, thanks :)
    .-= loswl´s Latest Entry – Design Inspiration – Raven by Pixelhanger =-.

  32. 34

    Good collection, I especially like those hi-res icons, they just make you more flexible with their bigger possibilities.
    .-= Ilie Ciorba´s Latest Entry – Integration between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst CS5 =-.

  33. 35

    Goo-EE Icon set will be coming out soon! You can check out the site here http://guicons.com

  34. 36

    Great icon sets. I started using the glyphish and other toolbar icons for my website’s buttons.

  35. 37

    Good list!

    Thanks for sharing Jad!

  36. 38

    There are thousands of budding graphic designers around the world and they are creating some wonderful designs. Specially like Twotiny & Led set the most…

    Great collection like always :)

  37. 39

    Wow, great collection of icon sets. Thanks Jad….:)

  38. 40

    Great collection. Thank you! :-)

  39. 41

    I lurve the Quartz icon pack … definately my fav!

    Cheers,
    Jamie.

  40. 42

    Very nice. What would be great is a post on how to organize all of the icons, stock images, graphics etc. on your computer so they can be found more easily.

  41. 43

    Nice list! But you are missing http://www.webiconset.com ?

  42. 44

    Aha-Soft offers 17 free icons sets (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0) at http://www.aha-soft.com/free-icons.htm
    Icon sizes in these sets vary from 12×12 to 512×512. I think, they are worth checking out.

  43. 45

    Wonderful collections, nice one bro.

  44. 46

    Awesome collections.

    And I would like to introduce an awesome icons set in here : http://iconleak.com/shop-icon/free-icons/stainless-applications-icons-set

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