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gCons: Free All-Purpose Icons for Designers and Developers (100 icons + PSD)

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Today we are glad to release gCons, a set of free all-purpose 32×32px icons for designers and web developers (100 icons). The icons come in 12 different colors and are available in PSD, PNG, JPG and GIF formats. This set was designed by Sarfraz Shoukat1 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, 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:

“The open-source world is overwhelmed with design resources. For UI designers and website developers, there are a huge number of nice icon collections, but most of these collections are designed for a specific purpose, theme or industry. Most of the time, designers have to mix and match desired icons and customize them according to the requirements resulting in a lot of effort, un-balanced designs, and sometimes mere frustration. As a designer, I often feel the need of a set of generic icons that I can use easily in any design theme without having to customize their design, combination or color.

gcons is my contribution to the world of open source resources for designers and web developers. These icons are multi-purpose and can be a good fit in a number of scenarios like UI themes, technical diagrams, website design, prototype development etc.

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

You may be interested in the following related releases:

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.greepit.com/open-source-icons-gcons/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/free-all-purpose-icons-gcons/full_preview.jpg
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/white-preview.gif
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/uploader/images/free-all-purpose-icons-gcons/free-all-purpose-icons-gcons.zip
  5. 5 http://www.greepit.com/open-source-icons-gcons/
  6. 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/12/24/yummy-a-free-tasty-icon-set/
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/18/freebie-release-quartz-icon-set/
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    Just when I needed this! Thanks, great resource!

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    Nice!

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    amazing !!!

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    Very nice icons. Thanks a lot.

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    Wow AWESOME!

    Thank you so much!

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    Great icons, love this minimal style!

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    These Icons look the same as the thousands that are already out there on other design sites. c’mon guys, be creative.

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      Translation: Thanks for putting in some hard work, on your own time, to release these free icons that I can choose to use, or not use.

      I’m going to continue to leech on the community. Thanks again!

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        DItto! Sharing your own work (and a quality one) for free is just great. Thank you.

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        The great thing about speech, is that it’s also free. So are opinions.

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          Mike, I recommend you search other sites that have free fonts available and download something you like from them. Cheers,

          Gazza

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            It seems like you are all missing the point! I have no need for Icons like these. I’m skilled enough to make my own, and have also been featured on Smashing Magazine. I have no interest in ‘leeching’ free icons as Matt put it, and why would I want free fonts?

            The point I made is that these icons are the same as many others. That’s all. I never said they were bad or useless. But it does show what people read into things!

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            I think it all come down to what *most of us* learned in kindergarten. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Mike, Your opinion is pointless here. If you don’t like them, don’t use them. End of story.

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            @mike so if you said that you we’re skilled enough as you say, why even click the link that brought you here ? just to brag that you’re better and say that you were featured?
            I’m sure there was a preview for the set right?

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            yeah most of this are the same, but I agree with the designer

            “As a designer, I often feel the need of a set of generic icons that I can use easily in any design theme without having to customize their design, combination or color.”

            http://www.greepit.com/open-source-icons-gcons/

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      A lot of these icons *ARE* from different sets. I see icons from PICOL, Android Icons and Freshpixel just in the preview.

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    Nice one!

    Thanks a lot!

    Best wishes, Oliver

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    I like such simple monochrome icons because it opens the possibility of easily overlaying a color hue, thus making them more compatible with a predefined color scheme.

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    Thanks! I will use them right now! And yes, they look a lot like existing items, but they are well made. And I needed something like this right now!

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    poorly not for retina display :(

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    Great, Thanks a bunch, Sarfraz!

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    32×32 pixels, what is this 1990? I know it’s free but come on 32 pixels! How about posting the more useful and versatile illustrator files?

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    Great!

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    Just Smashing !!!!!!!!

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    Thank you!

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    Can we use these Icons on Themeforest templates?

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      Vitaly Friedman

      July 14, 2010 5:35 am

      Yes, sure. The icons are free for all private, public and commercial projects.

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    Like the icons – and I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but at 32×32 only, they’re not going to prove very versatile.

    Ideally there would be masked bitmaps for 16×16, 32×32, 48×48 and vector files for every size above.

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    Wow these look great! Thanks!

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    Thanks

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    THANKSSSSS!!! Wonderful!

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    Thanks!!!!

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    This is absolutely awesome! Thanks a lot!

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    First of all I want to apologize for this unrequested critique.

    I am missing some kind of graphical concept in this set. The single Icons look like cut’n’paste from wingdings1,2,3 and webdings. There is no special style in the symbolism, no continous stroke or line thickness, no recurring forms…

    Just to take some arbitrary forms and color them white might be a bit to simple for using it in a real project.

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    Wow! I was going to have to design icons just like these for a project at work today… not anymore!

    Not anymore! You guys keep producing awesome time saving resources for free! Makes me want to support you more and more (keep those pdf books coming :D )

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    JC | Resrource Hive

    July 14, 2010 5:37 am

    Those are some great icons….really useful. Thank you so much!!!!

    Posted them on my resource collection site @resourcehive.com/2010/07/14/gcons-free-all-purpose-icons-for-designers-and-developers-100-icons-psd-smashing-magazine/

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    Thank u for this icon set :)

    Free Icon Sets for Cruzine Readers – Enjoy and Utilize! – http://www.cruzine.com/2010/07/13/free-icon-sets/

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    nice! thanks!!

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