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Fresh Free High-Quality Icon Sets

The most important aspect of designing an individual icon is that it has to be instantly recognizable, you have to know its function, and you need to know exactly what it is. If you are designing a set, the actual design becomes a lot harder, the designer has to face two initial challenges: each icon they design has to be individual and distinctive from the other, and, they also have to have similar features to show that they are related, completing the set. Not an easy task.

Perhaps that is why we love those small indispensible graphical images so much, it’s an appreciation of the hard work, creativity and talent of the designer. And to think, all those hours spent in front of a laptop crafting these little marvels, and then, allowing everyone else to download them for free. To all icon designers we say: “thank you”.

You may be interested in the following related posts:

In this post we present a round-up of fresh high-quality icons that are available for free download and (sometimes only for personal) use. Please make sure to read license agreements before using icons in your designs – they can change from time to time.

e-Commerce Icons Link

Money Back Guarantee Icon Set5 (registration is required)
100 % Money Back Guarantee Vector Icon Set. The set contains 3 versions: 30 day – 60 day and 90 day.

Money Back Guarantee Icon Set6

Open Source Icons – (37signals)7

Open Source Icons - (37signals)8

10 Free High-Quality E-Commerce Icons

10 hochwertige, exklusive E-Commerce Icons

Credit Card Icons
22 Credit Card Icons that are perfect for your sites.

Useful Icons and Vectors Link

Daily Exhaust: Hand & Arrow Icons

Daily Exhaust: Hand & Arrow Icons

Free hand pointer icons9

Royalty Free Icons and Stock Images10

Webdesigner kit11

Webdesigner kit12

The Webdesigner Sketchup Icons13

Webdesigner kit14

Web Buttons Vector
Compilation of the free web button vectors and elements – useful for wireframing and prototyping!

Web Buttons Vector

Top 3 icons pack15

Top 3 icons pack16

500+ Free Vector Traffic Signs17

500+ Free Vector Traffic Signs18

Packaging Vector Pack
This Vector Freebie Pack is created by Ian Yates and is available exclusively from Vectortuts+. If your looking for high quality graphics to mock up your next client presentation with, then check out these packaging graphics.

Packaging Vector Pack

Exclusive Stationery Vector Pack
This new Vector Freebie Pack is created by Ian Yates. If you are looking for high quality graphics to mock up your next client presentation with, then check out these graphics.

Exclusive Stationery Vector Pack

Moderators Icons19

Moderators Icons20

How to be Green at Home

How to be Green at Home

Simple and Minimal icons Link

Free iPhone Toolbar Icons21
Icons designed specifically for iPhone developers, available for free for anyone to use commercially under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Canada license.

PixelPressIcons22

Glyphish23
Designed and carefully optimized for use on toolbars and tab bars in iPhone apps, these icons are also perfect for Android apps, websites, t-shirts, tattoos and more.

Glyphish24

A travel and business vector pack

A travel & business vector pack

Token25

Token26

Standard Iconset by Templay27

New Icon Sets28

RRZE Icon Set

New Icon Sets

Characters so far29
35 very original and eccentric characters.

New Icon Sets30

Beautiful Icons Link

Philippe Starck Icons31
Philippe Starck icons for Windows, Mac OSX, Linux.

Vase32

Snow Leopard Icon33
The new version of Mac OS X, Snow Leopard, was just released, so the designer decided to celebrate it with a new artwork. Download the Snow Leopard Wallpaper34 as well!

Snow Leopard35

Billiardo 136

Billiardo 137

Moleskine Helvetica Icon

Moleskine Helvetica Icon

Foto Icon38

Foto Icon39

Free Cute Furry Monster Icons40
“I’ve put together a little family of monsters, available for free download in the form of icons. Each monster can be found in PNG, ICNS and ICO filetypes for use on your Mac, PC or for inclusion in your website designs.”

Free Cute Furry Monster Icons41

LiveJournal turns 1042
Anniversary edition icons set, LiveJournal is celebrating its 10th Anniversary.

Royalty Free Icons and Stock Images43

stratocaster Classic psd44

stratocaster Classic psd45

2001 Space Odyssey46

Zyotism:Aesthetics47

Vector Kitchen Icons48
Vector Kitchen Icons – 25 different examples of kitchen stuff created in funny cartoon style. Set include: teapot, knifes, saucepan, pot, frying pan, plates, cups, microwave oven, forks, kitchen-range and so on. Soft gradients and colors, smooth contours, creative shapes.

Vector Kitchen Icons49

Modern Chairs Icons50

Modern Chairs Icons51

Google Talk Icon52

New Icon Sets53

Chamber Orchestra54

PixelPressIcons55

Classic Cameras56

Classic Cameras57

Camera Nikon58

Camera Nikon59

Lollipop60

Lollipop61

Desktop & GUI Icon Sets Link

Gnome Icon Theme62

Gnome Icon Theme63

Alcohol64

Alcohol65

Generic Applications66
This icon set is released under a special license which will allow software developers to use this set of 7 icons in their projects.

PixelPressIcons67

Bevel and Emboss
Ever wondered how are all these glossy looking icons made? This is not a tutorial how to make them, as there is a lot of these out there, this is a fully editable PSD source you can download for free and use them for your projects (commercial and non-profit) or to see how this look is achieved.

Bevel And Emboss

32px icons set
A simple set of icons, available only in the resolution 32×32px, only in the iContainter format.

MacThemes

Windows 7 DVD-Box

Windows 7 DVD-Box

Xedia68

Xedia69

GiNUX70
There are 64 icons in this set, all are 64x64px and available in both PNG. and ICO. formats.

New Icon Sets71

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/55-free-high-quality-icon-sets/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/07/50-fresh-useful-icon-sets-for-your-next-design/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/16/50-beautiful-useful-and-free-icon-sets/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/02/free-icon-sets-e-commerce-web-hosting-food-science-and-more/
  5. 5 http://www.dapino-colada.nl/?p=1340
  6. 6 http://www.dapino-colada.nl/?p=1340
  7. 7 http://37signals.com/svn/posts/1844-open-source-icons/
  8. 8 http://37signals.com/svn/posts/1844-open-source-icons/
  9. 9 http://www.freeiconsdownload.com/Free_Downloads.asp?id=505
  10. 10 http://www.freeiconsdownload.com/Free_Downloads.asp?id=505
  11. 11 http://lazycrazy.deviantart.com/art/Webdesigner-kit-128351457
  12. 12 http://lazycrazy.deviantart.com/art/Webdesigner-kit-128351457
  13. 13 http://jorgengedeon.deviantart.com/art/The-Webdesigner-Sketchup-Icons-123984910
  14. 14 http://jorgengedeon.deviantart.com/art/The-Webdesigner-Sketchup-Icons-123984910
  15. 15 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/Top-3-icons-pack-134311895
  16. 16 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/Top-3-icons-pack-134311895
  17. 17 http://dezignus.com/free-vector-traffic-signs/
  18. 18 http://dezignus.com/free-vector-traffic-signs/
  19. 19 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/Moderators-Icons-60486081
  20. 20 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/Moderators-Icons-60486081
  21. 21 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=108
  22. 22 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=108
  23. 23 http://glyphish.com/
  24. 24 http://glyphish.com/
  25. 25 http://brsev.deviantart.com/art/Token-128429570
  26. 26 http://brsev.deviantart.com/art/Token-128429570
  27. 27 http://templay-team.deviantart.com/art/Standard-Iconset-126393911
  28. 28 http://templay-team.deviantart.com/art/Standard-Iconset-126393911
  29. 29 http://b-positive.deviantart.com/art/characters-so-far-17679804
  30. 30 http://b-positive.deviantart.com/art/characters-so-far-17679804
  31. 31 http://www.visualpharm.com/philippe_starck_icon_set/
  32. 32 http://www.visualpharm.com/philippe_starck_icon_set/
  33. 33 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpaper/?snow_leopard
  34. 34 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpaper/?snow_leopard
  35. 35 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpaper/?snow_leopard
  36. 36 http://mhmoodzaidan.deviantart.com/art/Billiardo-1-116983360
  37. 37 http://mhmoodzaidan.deviantart.com/art/Billiardo-1-116983360
  38. 38 http://2shi.deviantart.com/art/Foto-Icon-83039113
  39. 39 http://2shi.deviantart.com/art/Foto-Icon-83039113
  40. 40 http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/freebies/free-cute-furry-monster-icons-for-mac-pc-and-web
  41. 41 http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/freebies/free-cute-furry-monster-icons-for-mac-pc-and-web
  42. 42 http://turbomilk.com/downloads/livejournal10/
  43. 43 http://turbomilk.com/downloads/livejournal10/
  44. 44 http://lemex.deviantart.com/art/stratocaster-Classic-psd-116798426
  45. 45 http://lemex.deviantart.com/art/stratocaster-Classic-psd-116798426
  46. 46 http://www.zyotism.com/aesthetics/iconsets/2001/index.html
  47. 47 http://www.zyotism.com/aesthetics/iconsets/2001/index.html
  48. 48 http://dezignus.com/vector-kitchen-icons/
  49. 49 http://dezignus.com/vector-kitchen-icons/
  50. 50 http://www.iconspedia.com/pack/modern-chairs-2203/
  51. 51 http://www.iconspedia.com/pack/modern-chairs-2203/
  52. 52 http://hydrattz.deviantart.com/art/Google-Talk-Icon-PNGs-PSD-128543462
  53. 53 http://hydrattz.deviantart.com/art/Google-Talk-Icon-PNGs-PSD-128543462
  54. 54 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=8
  55. 55 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=8
  56. 56 http://iconcubic.deviantart.com/art/Classic-Cameras-Mac-Version-48951222
  57. 57 http://iconcubic.deviantart.com/art/Classic-Cameras-Mac-Version-48951222
  58. 58 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Camera-Nikon-130801274
  59. 59 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Camera-Nikon-130801274
  60. 60 http://mickka.deviantart.com/art/Lollipop-129815327
  61. 61 http://mickka.deviantart.com/art/Lollipop-129815327
  62. 62 http://people.freedesktop.org/~jimmac/icons/#git
  63. 63 http://people.freedesktop.org/~jimmac/icons/#git
  64. 64 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Alcohol-124978275
  65. 65 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Alcohol-124978275
  66. 66 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=21
  67. 67 http://www.pixelpressicons.com/?p=21
  68. 68 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Xedia-129709971
  69. 69 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/Xedia-129709971
  70. 70 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/GiNUX-126818033
  71. 71 http://kyo-tux.deviantart.com/art/GiNUX-126818033

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Paul Andrew is a freelance Web designer. He is chief admin for Speckyboy - Design Magazine, a Web design, Web development and graphic design resource blog.

  1. 1

    Some great icon sets there – randomly I have used a few on my site in the past.

    Love the Strat set – just wish I had somewhere I could use them! Keep em comin SM!

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  2. 2

    grreat collection, indeed!

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  3. 3

    Super Collections! Thx SM!

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  4. 4

    Very nice sets. Good job.

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  5. 5

    Very nice collection…i love the Webdesigner Mini Kit :)

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  6. 6

    Nice collection there, will no doubt use some of these in the future.

    Not important in the slightest but the Nikon Camera one appears twice for some reason.

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  7. 7

    WOW, what an amazing collection…

    Thanks a lot!

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  8. 8

    Hi’q’h? lol.

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  9. 9

    A great collection, Thanks guys. (You may want to look at the slight typo in the page title……)

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  10. 10

    Nice work on the stratocaster although the head actually looks closer to a Jaguar than a Strat.

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  11. 11

    You guys ROCK !

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  12. 12

    I love this icon collections. I will use it on my blog.

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  13. 13

    Fantastic article and very comprehensive resource list. One of the best and NEWEST!! Keep up the good work guys. I can’t wait to get your book here in Italy!

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  14. 14

    Love these icons, and all the others posted here. Great resources.

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  15. 15

    Thanks again, you guys are always a great source for inspiration.

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  16. 16

    Thanks a lot ! Very usefull.

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  17. 17

    Cool! Thanks a lot!

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    Vincent Ouellet

    September 16, 2009 5:05 am

    Awesome !!

    Should put a ‘Download full package link’ :P !

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  19. 19

    You guys are incredible.

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  20. 20

    Amazing collection. Just downloaded some of these.

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  21. 21

    Brilliant collection of top notch icons! Thanks :D

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  22. 22

    Wonderful Collections :)

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  23. 23

    Once again, Smashing Magazines delivers a quality collection of icons!

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  24. 24

    Smashing mag has done it again… an awesome collection..

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  25. 25

    Never liked so many in one set… lovely!!!

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  26. 26

    There are genius. I have to learn a lot…

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  27. 27

    Nice icons, though left-handed Stratocaster guitar messes with my mind. Just looks wrong!

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  28. 28

    Wow. this is great stuff. I love your great work to look this up for us. I will definately buy the smashing book! It’s good and you guys deserve to be succesful!

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  29. 29

    2 Errors: Snow Leopard has been released, It’s ‘high’ not ‘hiqh’

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  30. 30

    the article title reads “HIQH quality icons”.

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  31. 31

    Awesome post! Usually I end up having to create my own icons like on my portfolio, but Its awesome that you continue to give sources for inspiration!

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  32. 32

    good looking out!

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  33. 33

    when did the term “icon” and high resolution vector graphic become intertwined?

    half of those are graphics you would use on a full page print spread, or some home page advertisement…

    i dont know. not impressed.

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  34. 34

    Sweet, more icon collections

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  35. 35

    These are great!

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  36. 36

    This is awesome. Probably one of the better icon round-ups to date.

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  37. 37

    This one is probably my favorite icon set posts ever. Great stuff.

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  38. 38

    Awesome! Thanks SM, this roundup is great. Love the money back guarantee icons and the XP web designer’s kit.

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  39. 39

    thank you very much ! you guys always smashing !

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  40. 40

    Great job SM! Love these collections. Keep them comin’

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  41. 41

    THESE

    ARE

    AWESOME.

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  42. 42

    Wow this is the best Icon collection i’ve ever seen. Usually you just see the same ones over and over again.

    Stay Smashing!

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  43. 43

    Great Collections…

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  44. 44

    Great List… some are going to be of great use for my next design.. Many thanks ! :)

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  45. 45

    thanks.. great collection…..

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  46. 46

    JoetheFunkyAnimator

    September 16, 2009 5:39 pm

    AAAmazing.

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  47. 48

    Wow, really a great high quality free icons. Never imagined they are free for download. THought this was a premium set.

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  48. 49

    Thanks Share!

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  49. 50

    very very nice icons… i like it

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  50. 51

    That’s really a fresh collection – good job and thanks for sharing…..

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  51. 52

    Hmm – Nothing new here. I get tired of seeing the same old icons and graphics all over the web.

    Come on Smashing Mag. Feature things we have not seen before.

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  52. 53

    Nice collection indeed. You’ve gotta love icon-wednesday!

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  53. 54

    wow, nice collection! thanx!

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  54. 55

    OMG! How on earth did you guys find all these?

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  55. 56

    Nice, just a pity that I cannot use them all somewhere :-)

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  56. 57

    Very nice collection, thanxs!

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  57. 58

    :) I love smashing ^_^ it’s always full of goodies!

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  58. 59

    Brendon Kozlowski

    September 17, 2009 6:51 am

    Michael Austin: Yeah, I thought so too.

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  59. 60

    fantastic collection. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. 61

    Wow! great collection… thanks.

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  61. 62

    Nice icons, loads I don’t have.

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  62. 63

    Thank you very much for this. As an avid graphics designer, this will be extremely helpful. Thanks again.

    Corrado Coia

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  63. 64

    It is very useful. Thank you.

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  64. 65

    Very nice and useful…
    Keep Rocking…
    Thank You…

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  65. 66

    lovely collection. thanks :-)

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  66. 67

    Thanks SM, I think is the best icon round-up so far

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  67. 68

    Hey! those strats are all southpaw.

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  68. 69

    Wow, that’s one of the best collections I’ve seen in a while.

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  69. 70

    perfect collection! thanks..

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  70. 71

    If anyone needs some small simple icons, here’s another free set

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  71. 72

    WOW. I want all!!

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  72. 73

    Ekrem Büyükkaya

    September 20, 2009 6:31 am

    That’s an awesome collection TY!

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  73. 74

    a good post, some icons set are really fantastic, and so fabulous for every site!

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  74. 75

    so good icons,thks a lot……

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  75. 76

    tnx a lot
    great icon packs , It’s very useful for me…

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  76. 77

    very useful for ingress design knowledge…………Thanks!

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  77. 78

    ALL Very nice Design I Like it….

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    Alia Karibskaya

    October 2, 2009 5:30 am

    thanks! Very nice and useful collection!

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  79. 80

    Great Collection
    Thanks alot

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  80. 81

    So great…… thank you very much and CONGRATULATIONS to all the creators !!!

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    Shankar Ganesh

    October 22, 2009 3:36 am

    These things are really helpful.Awesome Creativity.
    Thanks to creators for their Creativity

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    Ashish Gaikwad

    October 25, 2009 9:58 pm

    Great Icons! Can we use it on our websites ?

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  83. 84

    very nice, I will use; :)

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  84. 85

    Thank you for putting together such a great collection!
    It’s Amazing how Smashing Magazine contributed to the web.
    I have linked to you guys from my blog

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  85. 86

    Nice colection! Fun, cute and very functional. Cheers.

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  86. 87

    The icons collection is pretty awesome .. will try to use them somewher thanks a ton

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  87. 88

    Awesome Icons, Just downloaded a few, Planning to use them in my next blog design. :)

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  88. 89

    Nice work! i like very much!

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  89. 90

    thanks thanks enjoy

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  90. 91

    Desktop & GUI Icon Sets

    Gnome Icon Theme

    Are these icons free for commercial use?

    Thanks!

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  91. 92

    Animation Institute

    August 25, 2010 4:37 am

    good icons..

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  92. 93

    Brilliant as usual.
    Keep them coming ;)

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  93. 94

    I have Smashing Magazine fever. Can’t stop shopping around. Lotsssss of good stuff down here.

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