Posts Tagged ‘Symbols’

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Icons For Your Desktop and Icons For Your Web Designs

The value of icons lies in their ability to communicate with visitors or users in a more intuitive and effective way. Jakob Nielsen, the maestro of usability, postulated few years ago that "recognition rather than recall" is one of the basic heuristics for user-friendly design. In fact, it's necessary to "minimize the user's memory load by making objects, actions, and options visible. The user should not have to remember information from one part of the dialogue to another. Instructions for use of the system should be visible or easily retrievable whenever appropriate."

Icons are supposed to achieve just that. And this is why it's useful to actually use them both on your desktop and in your web design. They can reduce the complexity of the design and make it easier to get from point A to point B.

Icons

Icons

In the overview below we present some of the fresh high-quality free icons which you can use for your desktop; we also showcase free professional icon sets, buttons and vector graphics you can use for your web designs. You might know some of them, but hopefully not all of them. Not all listed freebies can be used for commercial projects, however you can use all of them in your private projects of for you personal purposes. Please read the disclaimers carefully before using the icons - they’re changing from time to time.

You can also scan through the icons-related articles we’ve published before:

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More Symbols, Buttons and Icons For Free

We continue to collect best freeware and stock symbols, buttons and icons. Here are few sets we've stumbled upon over the last few weeks.

IconCool collects Icons for Windows XP. There are 16 icon sets, which can be downloaded for free. Most of them include original icons from Microsoft.

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Symbols, Buttons and Icons For Free

We've all been there: sitting in front of a new design layout, we realize that something doesn't fit, is even disturbing, but we have no idea what it is and how we should improve the page. Sometimes, line-height can do the job and sometimes background can completely change the impression on the visitors - in fact, sometimes the smallest design elements we overlook can drastically improve the readability of a given text.But if your attemps to change the layout haven't beart any fruits, maybe you were looking in a wrong place. To improve the usability one can use a variety of methods and techniques - in fact, many of them will be presented in the next articles on the Smashing Magazine.

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