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50 Fresh Useful Icon Sets For Your Next Design

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Beautiful and free icon sets always come in handy. Used properly and moderately, icons can be helpful to provide users with memorable metaphors and illustrations that would provide a visual support for otherwise unspectacular text blocks. For instance, in web applications memorable icons can be very helpful as they can make it easier for users to memorize how to perform some specific task or where to find some specific functions.

This large collection of recently released icon sets is supposed to help designers improve their designs on their web-sites and in web-applications. All icon sets are free. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the icons — the license can change from time to time. The icons provided below may turn out to be useful and helpful in corporate designs, portfolios, blogs, magazines and in Web-applications. Please feel free to suggest more icon sets in the comments to this post.

Web Application Icon Sets Link

Chalkwork HTML Royalty-free Icons
Chalkwork HTML is a free set of HTML-themed icons, designed to perfectly complement all other sets in the Chalkwork Family. Featuring 31 graphical representations of common markup elements, this is a completely free icon set available for personal and commercial projects alike (although the usual Chalkwork license terms still apply). The set is available in 3 sizes and 6 file formats: transparent PNG, TIF, GIF, BMP, Windows ICO, and Mac ICNS.
Free Icons Round-Up - Chalkwork HTML Royalty-free Icons

Hand Pointer Icons
Free icon set that includes 36 hand pointer icons of 6 diferent types with 6 color variants. Icon set also includes .psd source file.
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MinIcons

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Flavour Extended: The Ultimate Icon Set For Web Designers
A couple of months ago we released the beautiful Flavours Icon set that was designed by Oliver Twardowski, a graphic designer from Bonn, Germany, the set aimed to help designers in their Web and user interface designs, containing 177 icons in a resolution of 48×48 pixels. In this post we release the updated version of the icon set, now with 452 icons, freely available to use in private or commercial projects.
Free Icons Round-Up - Flavour Extended: The Ultimate Icon Set For Web Designers

Basic Set
42 high quality icons in 64×64, 32×32 and 16×16 sizes. Mac OS, Win and .PNG-formats.
Free Icons Round-Up - Basic Set

Web Injection
This Free Icon Pack is for use in your personal and commercial projects, and can be used without attribution. It may not be redistributed. The set includes 26 stylish icons designed by Midtone Design Studio. Each icon is a .png at 48x48px. The Icons were tediously hand crafted by designer Jonatan Castro Fernández.

Free Icons Round-Up - Free Icon Pack: Web Injection

File Status Icons
File Status Icons set includes 16 icons that can be used for web-applications that deploy Subversion-based projects.
Free Icons Round-Up - File Status Icons

2experts Icons Set
These icons are created from scratch using Adobe Fireworks. The zipped pack contains 48×48 PNG images, which you can use for free.
Free Icons Round-Up - Free Icons : 2experts Icons Set, 100% Free 30 Icons Set

Danish Royalty Free
Designed by Jonas Rask.
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Onebit Icons Set
80 beautiful icons in the resolution 48×48px, .png. Download part 1, too.

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On Stage Icons Set
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.

The Browser Icons
This set contains 9 web browser icons available in 64×64, 32×32 and 16×16 pixels. Includes major browsers like Mozilla Firefox,Internet Explorer, Opera,Google Chrome and more.

Free Icons Round-Up - KIDAUBIS -THE BROWSER

Sketchy icons
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Milky Icons Set
The Milky set contains more than 131 icons primarily colored in green, giving an eye-pleasant look and prominent display on either dark or bright backgrounds. After eight times of releasing the icons seperately as each part at Min Tran’s weblog, designed mostly at request by our users or readers, now we gathered and packed them all into one package, conveniently for you to get all the icons at the same time.
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Media Icons
This icons set contains 15 simple icons in PNG (128×128px), for Windows and Mac.
Free Icons Round-Up - Media Icons

Absque
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Silk Companion 1 (more Silk icons)
Mark James (FamFamFam) created a great set of 1,022 silky-smooth 16×16 true-colour icons in PNG format, aptly named Silk Icons. This set is based upon the Silk set and presents 460+ more icons that are derivations and recompositions of the original set.
Free Icons Round-Up - Silk Companion 1 (more Silk icons)

Coquette 4 Icons Set
The forth part of the Coquette free icons set is powered by another 50 new icons. This playful free icon set contains curvy and colorful free icons made with one goal, to get all the affection and playfulness to your projects. “Coquette” free icon set contains 50 high quality, free icons in these sizes: 16x16px, 32x32px, 48x48px, 64x64px and 128x128px and 32-bit transparency PNG file format.
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Coquette 5 Icons Set
The fifth part of the “Coquette” icon set contains 50 high quality, free icons in these sizes: 16x16px, 32x32px, 48x48px, 64x64px and 128x128px and 32-bit transparency PNG file format.

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E-Commerce Icon Sets Link

Chalkwork Payments (Free) Icons
Chalkwork Payments is a free set of online payments icons, designed to perfectly complement all other sets in the Chalkwork Family. Featuring 21 base icons and 105 variations, these graphical representations of common payment services and payment-related imagery are a completely free icon set available for personal and commercial projects alike (although the usual Chalkwork license terms still apply). Chalkwork Payments is available in 3 sizes and 6 file formats: transparent PNG, TIF, GIF, BMP, Windows ICO, and Mac ICNS.

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Finance Icons Set
The icons are free for personal use and also free for commercial use, but the designers require linking to their web site. The archive contains the icons in all sizes, Windows, Mac and PNG formats.

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Credit Cards Icons
23 free credit card icons for free download. More free credit card icons.

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Business Icons
Sample

Fresh Icons Set
This set contains 59 raster and vector icons. The set includes icons in PNG, ICNS and ICO formats. An EPS vector file is available as well.

Useful Icon Sets Link

Free Multimedia Vector Icons
A set of free multimedia vector icons in various colors and button styles. These are already vectors and not some ordinary transparent PNG anymore so you can easily modify them to your heart’s desire. I’m thinking of doing some vector social network icons next time but I’m still figuring out a concept. I know there are a lot of these kind of icons scattered around but I’d like to do something different. We’ll see. In the meantime, enjoy these vector icons. These icons come in two vector file formats, EPS (Illustrator 10 up) and AI (Illustrator CS up).
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Fortune 500 Badges
Over 200 badges of famous brands, PSDs included.

172 final country flag icons
172 final country flag icons. 48×48 png.
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Symbol Signs
The complete set of 50 passenger/pedestrian symbols developed by AIGA is now available on the web, free of charge. Signs are available in EPS and GIF formats.

Free Icons Round-Up - Symbol Signs

Free Vector Icons Pack 03
Vector template.

Free Icons Round-Up - iPhone UI Icon Set

Social Icon Sets Link

Social Media Mini Iconpack
This icon set consists of 30 (16×16) finely crafted social media icons. They are free to use non-commercially. Put them on your blog or on your website to help users bookmark or share your site socially. I hear its all-the-rage these days. This icon pack consists of the following icons, in absolutely no logical order:

Free Icons Round-Up - Social Media Mini Iconpack

Icons Cloud
Social icon set with icons shaped cloud. PNG.

Free Icons Round-Up - Icons Cloud

Page Peel
The set contains 16 social icons in (transparent) PNG format.

Free Icons Round-Up - Page Peel - A Free Social Media

Free Vector Icons Set + Twitter Birdy Icon
Free Icons Round-Up - Free Vector Icons Set + Twitter Birdy Icon

Handycons 2 – another free hand drawn icon set
This icons set contains Facebook, Blinklist, Feedburner, Flickr, FriendFeed, Furl, Gmail, Google, Heart icon, Last FM, Linked IN, Magnolia, Newsvine, PayPal, Skype, Sphinn, Twitter, Vimeo, Yahoo and You Tube icons. All icons come in four sizes: 16×16, 32×32, 64×64 and 12x128px. And they are all free.
Free Icons Round-Up - Handycons 2 - another free hand drawn icon set

19 Free Hand-Dran Sketch Icons
Each icon is a .JPG and comes in two sizes: 48×48px and 96×96px. Each is dark greyish on a white background.
Free Icons Round-Up - Charfish Design - 19 Free hand-drawn sketch icons

Polaroid icon set
YouTube, Delicious, RSS, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, StumbleUpon, mySpace, Feedburner, Skype, Yahoo, Last.fm, Linkin, Reddit and Gmail.
Free Icons Round-Up - Polaroid icon set

IconTexto Web 2.0 User
28 icons in formats PNG (256×256, 128×128, 48×48, 32×32, 16×16), ICO (256×256, 128×128, 48×48, 32×32, 16×16) and ICNS (256×256, 128×128, 48×48, 32×32, 16×16).
Free Icons Round-Up - IconTexto: IconTexto Web 2.0 User

Social Icons Hand-Drawn
This set includes icons for Blip.fm, Digg, Facebook, Firefox, Flickr, Meneame, Myspace, Technorati, Twitter, Vimeo, WordPress, Youtube, LastFM, RSS, Blogger, GMail, Reddit and StumbleUpon. The icons are available in the sizes 24×24, 32×32, 48×48 and 64×64. Released under Creative Commons license.

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Circular Social Icons
The zip file includes 3 sizes for 17 icons: 128×128px, 64×64px and 32×32px. There is an icon for the following: Blogger, Delicious, DesignFloat, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Google, a heart icon that will work for anything (such as bookmark), MySpace, Reddit, an RSS icon, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Twitter, WordPress, Yahoo! and YouTube. Designed by Eli Burford from Australia.
Free Icons Round-Up - Social Media Icons Pack in 3 Sizes for Download

Beautiful General Icon Sets Link

Manila Mail
A manila envelope style mail replacement.
Free Icons Round-Up - Mac Releases Icon Manila Mail

Baggy Icon Set
Baggy Icon Set was designed by Paul Kadysz. It contains 5 high quality icns. This time we’ve got 3 different formats (.ico, .icns and .png) and 6 sizes! 512px-16px (except .png). Here’s how the set looks like.
Free Icons Round-Up - Baggy Icon Set

Dox
The set contains 47 ICNS in iCONTAINER format.

Free Icons Round-Up - DOX ADDON - Archiver by ~DeusEx74 on deviantART

Agua Icons Set
350 free beautiful desktop icons that can also be used online. Designed by the master David Lanham.

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30 free office Icons
30 free office icons which rendered at 256×256, 128×128, 64×64, 48×48, 32×32, 24×24, 16×16 pixels and formats are png, ico and icns.
Free Icons Round-Up - 30 free office Icons

Project Icon Set For Free Download
This icon set, designed by Navdeep Raj and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers, contains 18 beautiful icons related to project management. The set includes the icons address card, bar graph, calendar, clock / time, conference device, contact, documents, draft, mail, marker, milestone, notes, portfolio, project plan / gant chart, search / find, sitemap / flowchart, todo and user / resource. The files are transparent PNGs, and vector Fireworks source files are included as well. As always, the set is completely free and may be used for any private or commercial project without any restrictions whatsoever.
Free Icons Round-Up - Project Icon Set For Free Download

Stationery Icons Set
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.

Practica Icons Set
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.

DI – Folder Icons

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Weby Icon Set
The icons are available in PNG, ICO and ICNS format. They are free to use for both personal and commercial projects, including websites, templates & software. You are not allowed to sell or redistribute the icons anywhere else. If you like to share the icons please link to this article.

Free Icons Round-Up - 100 Free Icons - Weby Icon Set

Sleek XP Basic Icons
50 stock icon in PNG and ICO formats. this is absolutely free for personal and non-commercial purposes only.
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40 Free Twitter Badges
The set includes 40 files in total, all in transparent .png format. The buttons etc come with PSD files too so you can edit and re-size them as needed. The original characters come as a large High Res image which makes it very easy to scale down and use however you want.

Free Icons Round-Up - Twitter Badges

Puzzle Icons
A small tribute to Erno Rubik and Uwe Meffert, Mac OS X Style!
Free Icons Round-Up - Puzzle Icons

Design a Stylish Mail Icon in Photoshop

Free Icons Round-Up - Design a Stylish Mail Icon in Photoshop

Round Theme Icons
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Iiro Jappinen’s Icons
For personal use only.

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Niepce’s Camera Obscura
The download package now includes 7 icons as an iContainer and for Mac (icns, Folder), Linux (PNG) and Windows (ico) and you can grab it from the Goodies page.

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Mod

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Archigraphs

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Cute Critters Free Icon Pack
The Cute Critters Icon Pack is a free Icon set with 13 painfully cute critters, created by Elio Rivero of ilovecolors. Each icon is in .png format sized at 512×512px with transparent backgrounds. Altogether, there is more cuteness than you could shake a stick at. This Free Icon Pack is for use in your personal and commercial projects, and can be used without attribution. It may not be redistributed.

Free Icons Round-Up - Cute Critters Free Icon Pack

Blog Icons
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Somatic Rebirth Apps Icons – Life in Colors
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Sticker Icons
152 various beautiful icons designed by David Lanham.

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Star Trek Icons
Official Star Trek icons and desktop pictures for free download.

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  1. 1

    Allan Catadman

    June 7, 2009 6:13 pm

    Sweet! thank you so much!

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    Oooooops, nice collection. Thank you so much. Very nice effort. I think nothing remained, all categories has been covered.

    lotta thanx again

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    Brian Temecula

    June 7, 2009 5:03 pm

    awesome

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    thank you for these. Always a useful resource for icons.

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  5. 12

    Great stuff!!!…except the link for Flavour Extended 404s

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  6. 13

    I just realized how much Chrome’s logo looks like Simon.

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  7. 14

    No mention of iconexperience? Such a large collections gives tons of opportunities for modification.(2500 icons in 5 sizes with and without shadows for $400 is my idea of a bargain.) I’m not a shill, just a fan. Otherwise, cool sets.

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  8. 15

    Very nice list. I about fell off my chair laughing when I hit the last one now we can all show off our inner Kirk. Great!

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  9. 16

    Thanks for posting!

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  10. 17

    really awesome !~

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    Freebies!! thank you.
    Btw, Flavour Extended icons link is not working. it gives me 404 error page

    (SM) Thank you, the link was fixed.

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    Great collection

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    thank, very nine

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  16. 23

    great collection. Thank you very much

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    Daniel Calderon

    June 7, 2009 8:15 pm

    Wow These are all awesome. I especially like the social set that looks ‘kindergarden’. I could really use these on my website. Not too sure how to integrate them though.

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  18. 25

    Bravo bravo for these!…..Thank you so much!

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    Two Socks - Graphic design and print

    June 7, 2009 8:29 pm

    Brilliant thankyou very much!

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  20. 27

    umm… The project Icon link is broken. But everything else is great.

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  21. 28

    sigh~
    Yestoday , I was looked for some sketch Icons set to finish homeworks,But failed
    I’ve submitted it just not

    What a pity

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  22. 29

    Great list. I can´t get enough icons. Thanks for sharing.

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    the fortune 500 set is a dead link

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    Wow! Thank you so much.

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    Awesome post, ty!

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    I think this is the most usefull post I’ve ever seen on Smashing, thank you very much!

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    Incredible collection and very useful – thanks for a top post! :)

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  29. 36

    Nice collection agian, I like it ;)

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  30. 37

    Damn….! The link to “Stationery Icons Set” doesn’t work, and this is the first time an iconset almost contains all the icons I need…

    Please make the link work, Smash?

    (Update) The link is working now.

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