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60 Live-Saving Medical Icons [Freebie]

Today we are glad to release a Free Medical Icons Set, a set with 60 original medical icons in .png 32 bit in resolutions 32×32px and 128×128px. This set was designed by the user interface design agency Centigrade1 and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

The icons can serve as great in-app icons for desktop or RIAs in the medical domain. With perspective and reflective effects these can be a real stunner on landing pages or in touch screen application menus.

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Download the icon set for free! Link

You can use the set 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.

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Behind the design Link

As always, here are some insights from the designers:

There are a lot of free icon libraries out there, however, only few of them focus mainly on medical icons and we wanted this gap to be closed. Centigrade conducted quite a lot of icon projects in the healthcare sector just recently, for which reason we already had some nice vector shapes on the pile. We distilled the most frequently requested metaphors and wrapped them into a fresh new style. Being modern and concise rather than fancy and playful, they are in line with what we experienced works well in the medical domain.

Thank you very much, guys! We really appreciate your efforts.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

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    This is cool. I think Icon sets that are not mainstream are very useful. Thank you, Thomas. And please post more of these, Smashing Magazine!

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    I like turtles! These icons have been used on sitereport and look great. I will use it for my projects too. Thanks for sharing!

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    beautiful icons :) thanks

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    Didik Wicaksono

    February 15, 2010 1:26 am

    This is so cool! I would love to try this on one of my projects related to medical field.

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    Beautiful set :) Thanks for the icons

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    tnx, guys just work on project in this area :)

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    The icons are very high quality and beautiful.
    @the author: What I don’t understand however: Won’t releasing complete free sets of icons downgrade your own work? People might feel reluctant to order custom icons when ther’s so much good and free ones out there… I’d love to hear your take…

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      Hi Marco,

      Thanks for your comment! It’s a good question that you are asking and we ask this one to ourselves a couple of times, too. However, we do not think that we downgrade our custom icon work, as every project is so different and icon styles can be so different in detail (we of course have to be careful not being inflationary here).

      Sometimes it is even an advantage for us to have some different icon styles ready that are not exclusively reserved for a specific customer so that we can show them to potential customers and tell them: “Look, this is exactly what you get, when your order at Centigrade. We take the style exactly as is but adapt it to the specific metaphors of your domain.”

      Cheers, Thomas

    • 9

      Nice one, marco!

      It’s refreshing to hear others who are also worried about the effect of too-much-free-stuff on the profit of people who offer premium, paid content.
      Most people on the internet actually think that anything offered online should be free and are reluctant to pay for “the next level”.

      Not that I’m looking down on the open-source, free-stuff (hey I like free stuff too). It’s just nice to see someone who’s concerned about this issue.

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        I think it’s also good to just point out that, although things are free, you always show you’re gratitude in what ever way you can.
        Ie, leaving a donation, code contributions, design contributions, or using the paid for services when ever you can.
        but of course, you always get the one that asks for more and want’s every thing handed.

        Aside from that, personally, seeing some one pull off some thing that’s obviously had talented devoted to it and handing it out for free makes you think. Hang on a sec, if this is the awesome free stuff, what’s the paid for stuff gona be like ? Curiosity always get’s the better of you !

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    Dommage que la radiographie ne soit pas disponible en 128px …
    Mais c’est gratuit, alors merci !

    “Too bad that radiography is not available in 128px …
    But its’ free, thx !”

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    Nice ones, can’t wait to use them, Thanks

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    Thanks a lot!

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    Martin Leblanc

    February 15, 2010 2:44 am

    Great icons.

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    They are looking great!

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    This really is a beautiful set. Big Thanks x

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    @ Thomas Immich: Thank you for the reply! Yes, I see how that can be of good use. Also, there is the free publicity of course but that is difficult to measure. In a sense it’s a bit like font design I suppose. So much time and effort goes in to creating your work! Thank you for sharing and I have bookmarked your blog ;-)

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    Beautiful icon set, very rare. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thankyou For Beautiful Icon Set.

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    Denis Lazendić

    February 15, 2010 5:15 am

    Amazing icons…

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    beautiful! thank you so much, I’m just developing a medical application so this will be very helpful.

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    awesome! thanks guys!

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    Great job. Last year I needed some icons like this and I had to do it myself. Thanks.

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    Beautiful, but DANGEROUS icons. Are you sure the end-user/the patient is going to understand these icons the way you meant it??????
    What about localisation? How are Chinese, European, African nurses going to understand/interpret these icons?

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    @Flacke definitely important to consider. However I believe that icons are better at traversing cultural and communication barriers better than translation software.

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      Translation software should be used by professional translators only. They know whether the translated text is correct or not.
      Research at the Univ of Michigan showed that icons are _not perceived_ in the same way in different cultures/countries.
      In the US and in Europe, the pregnant woman icon with the slash means “Don’t take this medicine if you are pregnant”. In some African countries, it was understood as “If you take this medicine, you won’t get pregnant”.

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    Great icons.. can be really useful at time!

    Btw, SmashingMag guys.. I hate when you just say
    “Thank you very much, guys! We really appreciate your efforts.” at the end of the article. Bring something new, we’re bored of it ! :D

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    gratis bagus lagi… thanks deh.

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    These are amazing! It’s great to see a set of icons made for more “uncommon” industries, especially ones that look so professional.

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    yet we witness another fantastic icon set here in Smash Mag, you guys are amazing! I can use this icon set for future school projects thanks a bunch!

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    nice icons :)

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    cool icons..thanks.

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    That’s perfect! I was just looking for something like this!

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    Thanks a lot, Thomas!=)
    The best medical icons set i’ve seen!)

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    Thanks mate, bought the book and you’re giving me free stuff too.

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    Thank you very much! That’s what i’ve been looking for since forever :) Thank you!!!!

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    Wow. This is exactly what I was looking for!

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    Dr. Jorge Delgado

    February 16, 2010 11:42 am

    Gracias son muy interesantes e importantes para las tareas que realizo, las más sinceras felicitaciones a innovadora plantilla y no desmayar en sus emprendimientos!!

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    Great, I needed a tooth.

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    thanks :)

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    this is great. really appreciated. you guys keep amazing me. great work, keep it up

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    Graphiste SHANE

    February 17, 2010 5:48 am

    I am a French designer, I come regularly to your blog
    thank you for this article.

    Here also a link to the video of my communications agency:

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    Very nice professional stuff. Thanks for sharing, very usefull!

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    Just wanted to say thank you! Specially for the open license and permissions. Thank you.

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    High Quality and beautyfull…

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    Wow. That is a very nice set! I have no need for medical icons but I am sure somebody does.

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    Fantastic set

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    Perfect!, awesome icon set, thanks

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    these are awesome. thanks a lot guys.

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    Awesome quality icons! Thanks for sharing.

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    Fantastic set.

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    This is wonderful since I’m getting some medical field clients! Thank you!

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    Felipe Genuino

    February 25, 2010 6:20 pm

    Parabéns , belo post!

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    nice design.

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    Lovely Icon set….., Let me shared to my social.

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    June 25, 2010 7:55 am

    Gracias por el aporte esta genial ….

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    June 25, 2010 7:56 am

    gracias por el aporte esta genial

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    Thank you. Really really nice and useable.

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    Vaclav Hradec

    July 13, 2010 11:06 pm

    Very nice!!! Thx ;)

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    nice design thanks for your effort & i wish you great future.

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    This icon set is perfect for my newest healthcare project! Keep up the good work. These icons are phenomenal!

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    Great icons. Indeed best things in life are free!
    Please ignore those whiners who like to complain all the time even when someone does an act of kindness.

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    This is simply wonderful…with the test tubes and medical bottles! Such icons are hard to come by. Thanks for this collection.

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    Txs alot!! I need this so much!!

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    Thank for this icon!

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    Thank you so much for sharing :) This has been really helpful

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    avinash pagar

    March 29, 2011 3:07 am

    Realy very nice icons for medical projects. Great design purpose icons

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    These are perfect for the medical recored program that I am making for my mom. Thanks a million!

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    Dominic Mutai

    May 16, 2011 6:15 am

    Nice designs. Perfect icons for a Hospital management System. Thanks.

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    Thanks ! Very usefull !

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    Un millón de gracias!!
    (Thanks a million!!)

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    Nice set!!! very helpful. Thanks

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    “Like !” Thank you.

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    Thanks! These will work wonderfully for a mobile site that I’m working on.

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    Jason Buckner

    January 25, 2012 5:23 pm

    These are nice, but a larger size would be very helpful. I use images like these in Visio workflows all the time and these are a bit too small for what I need. Stetching smaller images like these reduces quality while shrinking a larger image retains the quality. Any chance on getting these in a larger size?

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    Yasser Dehnavi

    March 20, 2012 5:57 pm

    Yipie, yaheee! Great work, thanks!

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    Great set. Thanks!

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    Lydie Pehalova

    March 23, 2014 4:19 pm

    Thanks for so beautiful icon set!


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