Freebie: Nice Things Icon Set (128 Icons, PNG + AI Source)


Inspiration strikes at funny times. Chris Behr1 was just watching TV and playing around with the Shape tools in Illustrator. His mind wasn’t focused on either task. He casually divided a square into a grid, then randomly colored it. Something about the colors inspired him to combine the grid with a couple of icons that he had been doodling the night before. Thus, Nice Things was born, a set of 128 original, beautiful icons that we are honoured to present to you.

A preview of the lovely Nice Things icon set.

Chris wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to hit the ground running. So, you get three PNG sizes: 100×100, 400×400 and 800×800 pixels — all available with and without backgrounds. In addition, the set includes the original source AI file, complete with named layers, to help you find what you need.

Nice Things includes 128 carefully drawn illustrations of all kinds of pretty things around us — a bike, birthday cake, watch, traffic light, game console, doughnut, speaker, rollerskate, starship and much more. You may freely use it for both private and commercial projects, without any restrictions, including for software, online services, templates and themes.

The vector-based files are easy to edit and break out individually. (Sneak peek4)

Hit the ground running with three different PNG sizes! (Sneak peek6)

A preview of all of the icons in this set. (View larger preview8)

Download The Icon Set For Free

Insight From The Designer

Here is some insight from Chris Behr himself:

It would be easy to say that I started working on Nice Things in the belief that I’d actually finish it. Like most designers, my computer is littered with the remains of half-finished projects. I decided to make this a project that I actually finished, and I set in place some very simple rules:

  1. Every week, I had to finish at least one new icon.
  2. I could draw only what I considered to be a nice thing. No guns, bombs or the like.
  3. I had to restrict the color palette. In this case, I chose the “Russian Poster Art” swatches in Illustrator.

At first, it was easy to think of what to draw. But as the weeks wore on, it became more and more difficult. Thankfully, my wonderful colleagues at Skyscanner11 were only too happy to help; and with the creation of a quick Google Doc, I had enough ideas to last me through Christmas.

I don’t have any noble goals with Nice Things beyond it being of help. Since starting college eight years ago, I’ve enjoyed the fruits of the design community without really giving anything back. Fonts, icons, templates — each and every one of them has helped me where I’ve needed it, and I hope that I can offer that same help to a designer or developer in need.

While I don’t have any noble goals, I do have a selfish one. I’d love to see my icons used as widely as possible. And if you happen to see me in a list of conference attendees, well, I can guarantee a “Hoorah!” from the audience if you use one.

Thank you, dear Chris, for the fantastic icon set. We sincerely appreciate your time and effort!

(ea, il, al)


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  1. 1

    Thank you very much. They are indeed nice things!

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    truly brilliant set o’ icons right there, which I can’t wait to start using :D

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    These are great, thank you so much! And when I see you at a conference, I will be sure to holler ;)

  4. 4

    very cool – thanks m/

  5. 5

    These are very nice icons. Thanks!!

  6. 6

    Really nice, Chris.

    Thank you also for your inspired and meanignful insight at the end.

  7. 7

    How lovely! Thank you so much for making me smile. I am such a visual person that it is great to see color & art to help the everyday seem a lighter. You made us smile & we will now pass that on to someone else today.

  8. 8

    Looks nice! Well done!

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    Good work. Thanks for working weeks … result is great.

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    Thank you! I will indulge (wish i could insert a gracious smiley face)

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    Great resource for creatives. Thank you for making it available.

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    Thanks for all the kind words, and thank you Smashing Magazine for featuring these.

    Just a wee reminder, if you liked Nice Things you can get an extra 32 additional icons if you donate at

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    cheers to hard work of designer, so much appreciated.

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    Can this be used for commercial purposes?

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    What great and valuable content a truly generous offering that I really appreciate. Ty

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    Thank you very much! They are so neat!

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    Lovely project. Thank you! :)

  18. 19

    aah…after a long time!! Awesome useful freebies! Thanks SM!

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    Thank you for these great looking icons!

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    Thanks very much

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    Thank you so much for sharing your hard work. It is a tremendous help having these and I know it took a lot of time and attention (and skill!).

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    Thank you, it’s soo fun !

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    Smashing iconset!!!
    Thank you !

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    Thanks Chris, the icons are great!

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    Nice Work really! And very generous!

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    Thanks alot for sharing that hardwork

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    Florida Wholesale Printing

    November 6, 2013 2:30 am

    Those are so nice! Thank you for sharing.

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    we are redesigning our portfolio site. These will come in handy.

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    Great, just great! Creative, fun & variety. Thank you.

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    What I like the most in here is the visual that you provide for us to know the three sizes of PNG. Thanks for that. Well, I think we can choose what size that we want right? But thanks for the freebies anyway. They are useful to us. People love freebies! Weew! :D

    I found this post shared on, the Internet marketing social news site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

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    Nice icons! Cool designs! Color combination is perfect! The best thing is its availability in different sizes, with and without background. The collection really includes almost all kinds of pretty things around us. Lovely project! Good work!

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    Thanks a ton man! These are fantastic!

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    Thanks a lot! Very cool :-)

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    beautiful – thank you!!

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    Wonderful set of icons! Thank you for sharing with us.

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    It’s ” Zen-like”….hint….hint

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    …unfortunately with edge you can never download bigger smashing files. I think its limited to the time you need to download something around 1-2MB

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    Cool set of icons. Thanks for this !!

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    Lovely set of icons :)
    Thanks a lot!!

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    great job chris,

    i found more icons made in the same way….

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    Very nice set and colors :)
    I myself use more often icons from “The Noun Project”, which every designer should know about absolutely, but this here is a good icon set, and it’s a grand idea to ship them with a CC0 license!

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    Very nice set. Thank you very much for this.

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    Well said Chris…. Really Impressed with your views :)
    and Awesome Icon Set ;)

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    I really like this set of icons! Well Done!

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    I like these icons so much, I’m going to have to think of a domain name to buy and a website to create just so I can use them :)

    Thank you!

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    These are excellent, thank you so much!

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    A “HOORAH!!!” for you! :) Thank you for making such beautiful icons and share them!

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    louisville digital agency

    January 21, 2014 7:03 am

    Awesome icons! Thanks a lot

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    Always astounds me the generosity of designers to share their work, thank you.

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    Can i use it for commercial.. with mentioned the courtesy of that designer ???

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      As mentioned above by Chris: “Yep, they can be used for any purpose – Creative Commons Zero license :D”

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    These are lovely icons…Thanks very much (y)

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    Hi dear Chris, thinking of nice things to include in the set – and excluding the ugly ones :-))) was really a nice idea, no words are good enough to say thank you. I really do appreciate your time and effort, thanks for all that. Rest assured that to me, these icons are indeed of help. Having no Creative Commons License is what makes me download and use them (I never ever use a creative commons licensed artwork – I don´t like being forced to credit an otherwise free soft, if I don´t feel like), and also because they are that way free, I will use my freedom of choice and say “Thank you” in my projects. Real freedom is what it takes to me. Keep up the good job! All the best!

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