By Daved Brosche, Naveed Javaid and Smashing Editorial Team
When it comes to freebie designs, beautiful icons sets are tops. Designers scour for these free treasures more than anything else. You can use icon sets in Web applications, website designs and on your desktop. If well designed, they make a great impression on others. Beautifully designed icons also prove the quality of a designer’s work, so many designers make theirs freely available online, thus giving their work more exposure.
In the overview below, we present 50 beautifully designed, free and professional high-quality icons for desktop and Web design. All of them can be freely used for private projects, and some are available for commercial use as well. Regardless, always read the licenses — they may change from time to time.
You can also scan through our other icon-related articles:
- 40 Professional Icon Sets for Free Download1
Download some fresh, professional icon goodies.
- 35 (Really) Incredible Free Icon Sets2
Spice up your posts with nice illustrations, or enrich your desktop with outstanding dock icons.
- Icons for Your Desktop and Icons for Your Web Designs
High-quality free icons that you can use for your desktop and Web designs.
- 20 Free and Fresh Icon Sets
Over 20 free beautiful sets and links to other free icon libraries.
50 Beautiful, Free and High-Quality Icon Sets Link
Fortune 500 Badges
Over 200 badges of famous brands, PSDs included.
Red Moleskine is a beautiful icon set in PNG format and sizes of 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512 pixels.
To-Do List Icon
Use these icons in your Web applications to make them more attractive.
A stylish set of icons to complement almost any theme out there. Designed to be easily distinguishable, simple and intuitive. This icon pack contains over 100 icons. Designed by Jamie Green.
Function icons set
A beautiful and useful set of 128 icons, available in 48 × 48 pixels.
A set of antique icons in PNG, ICNS and ICO formats, ranging from 16 × 16 to 256 × 256 pixels.
Manto Smiley Icon Set
Twenty original emoticons by Chinese designer Manto.
Emotions For WordPress Icons
Emoticons for WordPress.
Coquette Part 3 Icons52
This free playful icon set contains curvy and colorful icons made with one goal: to get some affection and playfulness into your projects. The 50 high-quality icons come in sizes of 16, 32, 48, 64 and 128 pixels, and in 32-bit transparency PNG format.
Smashing Magazine’s Icons Link
Flavours Icon Set70
This set, aimed to help designers in their Web and user interface designs, contains 177 icons in a resolution of 48×48 pixels. The files are available in the PNG and PSD sources, so you can modify the files as you wish. Created by Oliver Twardowski71.
Stationery Icons Set73
A useful set of 22 vector icons (256 × 256 pixels). It contains book, brush, crayon, clip, color pencils, document, eraser, pad, palette, post-it note, scale and scissors, as well as the Fireworks source file.
On Stage Icons Set75
The set contains 49 free vector icons, including PSD, which can be useful for both corporate and personal projects. You can use the set for free, without any restrictions whatsoever. The icons are available in PNG format in a resolution 128×128 pixels. Also included in the package are 100% pure shape-based layered PSDs.
Practica Icons Set79
A free set of 11 useful high-quality icons, designed by DryIcons especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The icons are available in resolutions of 64, 128 and 256 pixels, in 32-bit transparency PNG format.
About the author Link
Naveed Javaid is a Web designer and runs the blog SmashingApps81, which focuses on free resources and inspiration especially for designers and developers. If you want to connect with the author, you can follow him on Twitter82.
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