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12 Free Icons to Charm Up Your Online Portfolio

Today we are glad to release a Designer’s Portfolio Icon Set, a set with 12 original high-quality icons in the resolution 256×256px. This set was designed by MediaLoot1 and released especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. Both layered PSDs and transparent PNGs are included. The set contains icons related to avatar, portfolio, brushes, mail / envelope, color palette, colored pencils, tablet, laptop computer, moleskine notebook, DSLR camera, easel with canvas and coffee cup. [Links checked March/03/2017]

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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 designer herself:

All of us designers need graphics and icons for our own sites, not just for client’s sites, so we designed this icon set with that in mind. The set contains 12 big icons in 256×256 format. Both layered PSDs and transparent PNGs are included. We like to call it our ‘designer portfolio icon set’. The set includes the following icons:

  • Avatar
  • Portfolio
  • Brushes
  • Mail / Envelope
  • Color Palette
  • Colored Pencils
  • Tablet
  • Laptop Computer
  • Moleskine Notebook
  • DSLR Camera
  • Easel With Canvas
  • Coffee Cup (who said designers drink too much coffee?)


Thank you very much, Jon & Co.! We appreciate your efforts.

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  1. 1

    Thanks for sharing! Nice icons!

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    May 24, 2010 2:24 pm

    Thanks for this!
    Great icons!
    High Quality!

  3. 4

    Love the set, but is it just me, or does the guy look like Prince with a suit on? ;-)

  4. 6

    Wow! Cool icons and nice details. Thanks for sharing!

  5. 7

    Great work. Nice to see Dave Navarro cleaning himself up. ;-)

  6. 9

    they are beautiful!

  7. 10

    The designer formerly known as ‘Prince’ rather…

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      I thought the same as you when I saw the avatar….All of them are great icons though :)

  8. 12

    Nice Work Cool icons Thanks…

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    BSide Graphics

    May 24, 2010 4:48 pm

    Wow :D
    Is that i call “Out of this world” Iconset!

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    THANKS A MIL!! Loooove the DSLR

  11. 17

    Nice set! Except for the camera.. it’s completely horrible.

  12. 18

    Gotta say, these “12 very specific high-quality icons” posts are typically the lamest of Smashing’s generally amazing content.

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    Douglas Wolfe

    May 24, 2010 10:24 pm

    Thank you for these, i have been looking for some great icons to use in my new layout for my portfolio and while I have found some really good ones, none quit fit the bill. These on the other hand are exactly what designers like us need for our portfolio sites.

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    Tom Franssen

    May 24, 2010 10:25 pm

    Nice perspective :D

    But I won’t use them because I want everything on my portfolio to be made by myself…

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    Really clean set but I – kind of- have some difficulties to identify myself to the “Prince in a suit” avatar.

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    May 25, 2010 12:10 am

    Amazing quality icons, except the womanized guy in the suit. Great job though!

  17. 24

    That is one very cool set of icons! And all free to use, thank you so much!

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    Thanks for sharing this. I like it a lot!

    By the way: the image on the frontpage is not linked correctly. It gives me an 404 error…

  20. 27

    Lovely set of icons, but I agree with the other comments ala the Prince avatar!

  21. 28

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    Ravikumar V.

    May 25, 2010 2:52 am

    nice icons

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    Thank you for sharing, searched for such icons.

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    Rolando S. Bouza

    May 25, 2010 3:51 am

    Image link from home page goes to 404

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    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for all of the compliments on the icon set! The designer is certain to be very appreciative of all the positivity.

    If you want more of this type of resource and others, check us out at and we’ve got tons of other freebies.

    Enjoy the icons :-)

    — Mason

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    Brian Jones

    May 25, 2010 4:26 am

    Excellent icons – thank for sharing with us!

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    Merlo gambra

    May 25, 2010 5:19 am

    Absolutely stunning. especially the camera

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    Very nice icons

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    Great icons. Thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks !

  31. 38

    Thank you, very nice!!!!

  32. 39

    Nice stuff! Except for the camera, the perspective of the lens is all wrong, it seems to point down while the camera body is tilted upwards.

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    Great icons! One thing–the reflection on the notebook should be going the other way, shouldn’t it? Look into the reflection of your macbook (if you have one with a glossy screen) to see what I mean.

    Still, they all look great!

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    Great set, thanks!!

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    Bryan G. C.

    May 25, 2010 5:45 pm

    The icon set is really nice, but I think a designer should make your own icon set for a portfiolio.

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    These are beautiful :)

    My only qualm is that there is only a male avatar, and the assumption that *all* designers drink coffee (as I drink hot chocolate!) :)

    Think I might need to incorporate these into my site/an upcoming design!

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    Daniel (Créations du Net)

    May 25, 2010 11:42 pm

    A really nice set ! A high quality work and a very useful ressource.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Thank you so much :)

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    Berenice Limon

    May 26, 2010 7:32 pm

    Great artwork, thank you!

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    Bravo MediaLoot and SM
    nice icon! thank a lot for share.

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    Lê Minh Phiên

    May 27, 2010 12:37 am

    Thanks a lot ! good jobs

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    Great! Thanks, these bright logos will jazz up my next proposal.

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    Hey guys,
    thanks for the nice icons !!

    You have a dead link on the image on index:

    correct is:
    […][…] ;-)

  44. 53

    Thanx for sharing these icons.

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    The keyboard reflection is disturbing. Well, it’s not a reflection after all :) Such details should not be overlooked.

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    Soji Adeyanju

    May 28, 2010 3:25 am

    Thanks guys, just what i needed for a project.


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    these are so beautiful!! thank you thank you thank you!

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    Andrés Ayala

    May 28, 2010 8:57 pm


    pls remove the pic and reupload it. Make it neutral. thx!


    … a flower…jaja.

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    May 29, 2010 7:21 am

    Yay! Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Sue Brettell

    June 2, 2010 7:23 am

    These are gorgeous! You’re right, designers need icons too – and they have to be really exceptional.

    More similar ones please – and hey, the guy’s very pretty :) but what about a girl designer???

  51. 61

    Holy moley! What an awesome icons set. Beautiful work.

    It’s funny that some people are complaining about something that is completely free. Especially something that must have taken hours and hours to create.

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    terrible. terrible. terrible.

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    Shouldn’t designers be designing their own icons instead of trying to make 3rd party free icons work to their vision? Shouldn’t iconography be part of a designers vision for his/her portfolio in the first place?!

  54. 65

    Superb icons! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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    thanks for sharing nice icons

  56. 67

    Some beautiful icons here!

    I’m thinking of a redesign of my freelance web and Graphic design site and some nice icons like this could come in handy.

    Thanks for the smashing resource :)

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    It is very good because there is easily no icon that shows the painting.

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    Pavel Kotlov

    June 18, 2010 7:28 am

    thanks really HD…

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    ipad tablet

    June 21, 2010 9:40 pm

    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.

    ipad tablet

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    Annie Anderson

    June 22, 2010 7:30 pm

    Ummm, yeah, it’s a very cool set and I *do* like it . . . but . . . what about a girl designer???

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    Thanks ! Beautiful !

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    That’s really impressive… good art work

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    Thank you very much! Beautiful collections!

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    Beautiful collection! Thanks a lot!

  65. 76

    Muy buenos. Gracias por compartir.

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    very nice, thx for sharing!

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    Many thanks for your review! I really liked being here.

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    didn’t see any Avatar for female persons, or is it so that they are all at home and breed the children???????

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    Thank you what a treasure trove what I will do with it I haven’t got a clue
    But I know its going to be part of yet another learning experience
    So I’m thanking you in advance xxx


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