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Smashing Christmas Icon Sets


In December we asked few designers to come up with some creative, beautiful, memorable yet usable icon sets. Some designers had a tight schedule and couldn’t get work done in time, but three designers agreed and delviered their high-quality Christmas icon sets — right in time before the deadline. In this post we are glad to release three beautiful high-quality Christmas icon sets — you can use them for free without any restrictions whatsoever.

You can use all sets for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.

Smashing Christmas Icon Set Link

The Russian design studio SoftFacade has chosen a quite unusual approach in design of the Christmas icons set. They put a lot of efforts to come up with some really unusual approach. While the icons exhibit designers’ close attention to the smallest details, they are also very colorful and can be used to decorate your weblog according to the Christmas theme.

Smashing Christmas Icon Sets

The set includes 10 icons — RSS, Shopping cart, Portfolio, Comment, Links, User, Calendar, Contacts, Social networks and Print. The icons are available in resolutions 64×64px, 128×128px and as illustrations in formats .png and .ico. The icons were designed exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers as the gift to the design community for Christmas. Download the set (.zip, 1 Mb)

Smashing Christmas Icon Sets

Here are some insights from the designers:

“We love Smashing Magazine and we read it regularly, which is why we were more than happy to design a Christmas icon set for the readers of Smashing Magazine. Together with the SM team we discussed what types of icons are more likely to be interesting and useful for a wide variety of SM readers, and decided to get creative to make the set literally stand out.

Afterwards we took some time to come up with metaphors that wouldn’t be as common and as boring as most Christmas icons are. We really wanted to design something memorable and outstanding. Once the rought drafts were done, we started to design icons in Photoshop.

In the end, icons have become very colorful, very unusual and with close attention to the smallest details — and, in our opinion, it perfectly fits to the atmosphere of Smashing Magazine. We are confident that these icons will help Smashing readers to get into the festive Christmas mood and make their web-sites even more beautiful.

With love to design from Russia, SoftFacade design studio.”

Dellixmas Christmas Icon Set Link

Wendell Fernandes, the designer behind the company, created a more traditional Christmas icon set with 8 icons in dimensions 16×16px – 512×512px. The set contains icons Sitemap, Calendar, Search, Shopping cart, User and RSS. The Adobe Illustrator source image is available as well.

Smashing Christmas Icon Sets

Dock The Halls Icons Set Link

Paddy Donnelly, a designer from Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, has asked himself: why not ‘Christmassy’ up your dock and hang up the Adobe family’s stockings? This idea led to the ‘Dock the Halls’ icons set, a set of 20 icons that may put your dock or your blog in a festive mood. The Adobe Illustrator source file is available for free download as well.

Smashing Christmas Icon Sets

We express sincere gratitude to all designers for their time, their efforts and their good intentions. Thank you.

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

  1. 1

    Yeaaaayy !! Graet ! First

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    Now that’s a wonderful set !

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    Also check VistaICO Christmas Pack

  4. 4

    These are probably some of the most beautiful icons I have ever seen!

  5. 5

    Great article ;)

  6. 6

    i want to use them -.- gieeef me a project!!! ^^

  7. 7

    very nice icons – although maybe a little bit late, I will surely use some of them for my website!

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    TJ @ Smartblogtips

    December 17, 2008 5:47 am

    Very Nice icon sets. Especially the first two.

    Thanks and Regards

  9. 9

    Great icons! The RSS in the snow globe is a great concept.

    We put together some Holiday Icons as well if you’re looking for a few extra:

  10. 10

    Oh God….. They are delicious !! Very fruity :D

  11. 11

    Thanks for the beautiful set of icons.

  12. 12

    This is just in time for next year!

    I think I’m gonna have my website be like all those houses in the neighborhood that leave the Christmas lights up all year.

  13. 13

    Softfacade’s pack is really awesome :)
    Featured on GuiPulp ;)

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    404 – Not Found


  15. 15

    Nice work Paddy, I am starting to become a fan of your work. It is great to see an Irish designer on Smashing.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    December 17, 2008 9:00 am

    @Steven (#13): we just checked all links. I couldn’t find a 404 error. Where did you find it?

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    Thanks SM for featuring my icons! :) You guys rock!

    @Declan Cheers, just doing my bit to raise the Irish design profile!

  18. 18

    I love you :)

  19. 19

    I have not need for it but it looks really cool, just watching it amazes me. ;-)

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    404 on the first Download link for “Smashing Christmas Icon Set”.

  21. 21

    They are sooooooooooooo nice…magical

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    Full credit to SoftFacade. Their icon set is absolutely beautiful, unique and fun. Alot of work gone into these.
    If only I could eat pixels :)

  24. 24

    link above is “404 – Not Found” :)
    btw, it’s nice post, i love it. Thanks anyway.

  25. 25

    I like these.So perfect!

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    Beautiful icon set.

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    These are so beautiful! :D I love the Santa mailbox!

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    Here there are also other free icons and there are also wallpapers created based on these icons: Free Christmas Icons in .AI format.

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    This set is soooo cute and high quality !! Amazing job and thank you for sharing them :D

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    My Illustrator CS3 says the is not a valid format and cannot be opened.


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