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12 CMS Icons For Content Management Systems [Freebie]

Today we are glad to release CMS Icon Set, a set with 12 high quality icons in 48×48px, available in the .png-format. The set was designed to be used in content management systems, but can also be useful for other user interface designs. This goodie was designed by the Russian design studio Pixel-Mixer and released especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

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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 or rented. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word.

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Behind the design Link

As always, here are some insights from the designers:

This Smashing CMS icon set was designed by the Russian studio Pixel-Mixer. It contains 12 high-quality icons in the 48×48px in the .png format. You are welcome to use this set for your commercial and private projects, it’s a gift from Pixel-Mixer to Smashing Magazine readers, from Russia with love!

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

You may be interested in the following related releases:

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    Andrey Shipilov

    July 19, 2010 4:30 pm

    Guy in goggles.
    Sale sticker on a pointer.
    Box placed downright.
    Blue ball.
    Wallet with a green paper inside.
    Arrow on a graph.
    ID looking like a folder.
    A gear near a paper.
    A feather near a paper.
    A pen near a paper.
    Blue something stuck inside a drawer.
    Blue dots over a white rectangle.

    That is smashing unconscious associations. Never would use that.

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      Let’s try not to disparage someone’s donation of free artwork. Okay?

    • 3

      best post here.

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      To Andrey: Envy (also called invidiousness) is best defined as an emotion that “occurs when a person lacks another’s (perceived) superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it.


      If you don`t like this, it`s your opinion. Can you show us your own work? or what you would use instead of this? I hate people saying this is bad, ugly.. what about to tell what to do to make it better?

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        Is he not allowed to express his opinion? What’s up with all these people telling others that they can’t judge?! Are you trying to impose a rule that every judgment has to be either positive or constructive? By not liking something I do express an opinion. And it’s not necessarily envious. I don’t like you. Do I envy you? No.

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          July 21, 2010 11:57 am

          It is so easy to make negative comments, and rip something apart. Instead do something productive. Offer creative feedback – constructive criticism!

          We can wander the web all day finding gaping holes in design and development. But if you’re one of the people who say that it is no good and leave it at that then your opinion lacks integrity.

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          It’s called manners, Peter. When someone gives you a gift, you do not belittle it.

          As for Keiron, it’s important to know when to criticize and when to remain silent. A good place to start is to offer your opinion when asked.

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      Keiron Lowe

      July 22, 2010 6:50 am

      I agree with what Peter says, I posted some criticism on an earlier icon set and I got told not to criticise and just appreciate what were being given. I was grateful for the set but that doesn’t mean I HAVE to say its great and its perfect when there was an icon or two that was below the standards of the others.

      Without criticism people don’t improve, there not encouraged to work harder and try even more. If there told there good when there not then they don’t feel the need to improve and get better.

      But with this comment I agree with stolkramaker, if you are going to criticise then at least say why you don’t like them or what you would do to improve.

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        Richard Williams

        July 23, 2010 2:33 am

        …there not encouraged…
        …they’re not encouraged…

        If there told there good when there not…
        If they are told they are good when they are not…

        Please improve your grammar Keiron. I hope you feel the need to improve and get better.

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          Miskien is engels nie sy eerste taal nie!! Or was my grammar wrong as well seeing as English is not my first language.

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        I don’t agree with what Peter says,

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      It’s your site, Andrey?

    • 13

      successful troll

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    Nice set.
    Icons always seem so simple, yet are extremely difficult to create.
    You never realize until you actually need them for an application.

    • 15 true…i used to criticize arts like that…but when i was creating my own system or designs, my instructor asked me to make a professional design that is good for business and such… so i can’t use animated icon with exaggerated design. hehehe so i decided to use icons like that. For me, level of criticism will depends upon your own standard of design (hope you get what i’m trying to say). Some designs are really meant for particular purpose…so you can’t just go and criticize other people’s creation. thank you.

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    I don’t know any CMS, which would have to use less than 12 icons. In my development, I still use famfamfam icons — and even there I can’t find what I want.

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    I think they look great. If u cant see why they can be useful, it says more about you then those icons. Thanks a lot Pixel-Mixer!

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    Nice Icons…

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    Beautiful icons, ecpecially the ‘old versions’ and the the ‘draft versions’.

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    Love these icons, huge talent!

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    Arun Krishnan

    July 19, 2010 8:32 pm

    Thanks Pixel-Mixer :)

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    Have used these, Thanx (^_^)

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    nice icons, but … CMS?

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    Martin Chaov

    July 19, 2010 10:32 pm

    3 usable from 12 …. oh yeah from Russia with love.

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    Well done. These icons are awesome.

    Thanks. I’ll be making use of these for my admin pages. Appreciate it.

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    Not sure about a CMS, but they’d be great for an intranet.

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    Mr. Branding

    July 19, 2010 11:35 pm

    Nice set with own character and style.
    Recommended! :-)

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    Usefull… Thanks…

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    The icons are looking great, BUT in my eyes its more “advertising” for pixel-mixer than an useful article. I hope that the quality of smashing magazine will not be afflicted with this type of “self-expression-articles”.

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      Pete Morley

      July 20, 2010 2:22 am

      ALL the freebies on Smashing are put out there to promote the designer/studio. That’s kind of the whole reason people do them. Not that it’s a bad thing, you don’t tend to get freebies of this quality outside SM and this way of doing things brings relatively unknown talent to the fore.

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    Great Job!

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    Rafael Teixeira

    July 20, 2010 10:18 am

    I think that most of you misinterpreted what Andrey Shipilov commented, by his last phrase.
    I understanded that it was an compliment, that he never would thought that himself.
    “smashing unconscious associations” someone?
    At least, I hope that it was his intention.
    Personally, I think it’s brilliant.
    Congratulations, smashing work indeed.

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    olakunle Olayinka

    July 20, 2010 3:02 am

    Nice Icons, used them already

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    This is great, thank you.

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    Nice icon, thanks for share as a freebie

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    Amos Vryhof

    July 20, 2010 5:35 pm

    Very nice icons, but I can see them as more useful for a CRM than a CMS.

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    Thomas Strobl

    July 20, 2010 11:45 pm

    Don’t get me wrong I love Icons and those look really good, but in fact I have never had the chance to use any Icons in an Iconpack that only consists of 12 icons. Because you always end up having 4 Icons and the 5th missing. And for me it’s not an option to use different Iconpacks together (they will most probably not fit). So thanks a lot for your effort and it’s great to have something with this quality for free, but I can’t see myself using it.

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    Nice set of icons. I’m an icon designer too, and i think it’s a great job !

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    thanks a lot…

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    sorry for the mis typing

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    Thanks a million guys – exactly what I was looking for! :)

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    Great icons, i might use them on a cms dashboard page. Thanks

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    July 22, 2010 6:34 pm

    Great design!
    Thank for your sharing.

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    gr8 icons :)

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    Bruno Batista

    July 23, 2010 4:44 pm


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    Very nice icons, but why only 12? I’m expecting more than this :)
    Thank you for this icons guys..

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    Thanks Yaa ! nice set

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    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    WoW! Great list. Useful sources. Thank you.

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    Make them a little smaller next time (Y)

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    Thank you very much for those icons. I used them for my personal forum!


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