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

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.

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    Just when I needed this! Thanks, great resource!

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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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    Callum Chapman

    July 14, 2010 2:29 am

    Great icons, love this minimal style!

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    Mike Knight

    July 14, 2010 2:30 am

    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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      Matt Vickers

      July 14, 2010 7:50 am

      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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        Paul Anastasiu

        July 14, 2010 10:16 pm

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

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        Mike Knight

        July 17, 2010 7:25 am

        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,


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            Mike Knight

            July 20, 2010 2:32 am

            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.”


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      Aaron Richard

      July 18, 2010 10:34 am

      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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    Ken Paulsen

    July 14, 2010 2:37 am

    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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    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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    Michael Ward

    July 14, 2010 4:34 am

    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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