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Free Style Guides Icon Set For Writers And Editors

Today, we’re excited to present you with a free icon set, called Style Guides. Perfect for websites with an editorial flair, Style Guides features 14 high-quality icons ranging from 32×32 to 512×512 pixels. Designed by Thomas McGee of WinePress of Words, this set has been exclusively released for Smashing Magazine and its readers.


Adapted and expanded from a previous set, Style Guides makes an excellent addition to any website, especially those related to the writing trade. Perfect for your next client’s website or to showcase your own editorial endeavors, these icons would be useful to any designer or developer.

Download the Icon Set for Free Link

You may use this set for free and without any restrictions. Use the icons for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sub-licensed or rented. Please link to this article if you wish to spread the word.

Behind the Design Link

Here are some insights from the designer himself:

Writing and editorial quality is essential to communicating a message. Even without an editor, any blog or website thrives on quality content just as much as, if not more than, a compelling design. With this in mind, we’ve decided to develop an icon set featuring some of today’s most trusted style guides.

Each crafted for its unique genre of writing, style guides help magazines, newspapers and websites keep their writing style structured and consistent for optimum readability. Use these icons to show your readers which style guide you use to maintain editorial quality or as a nice resource for a writing and editing website. Enjoy!

Thank you, Thomas! We sincerely appreciate your work and your good intentions!

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As a graphic designer at WinePress Publishing, Thomas enjoys helping authors publish their book with the finest quality. Aside from designing for WinePress, he writes regularly for WinePress of Words, an online magazine dedicated to writers. Feel free to connect with him on Twitter: @ThomasDesign

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    hmm…not sure i get the point of these icons? Seems very specific….

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    Dylan Parry

    June 20, 2011 4:34 am

    Whilst the icons are very pretty, I’m not sure I see a use case for them. They’re targeting an extremely specific audience, and I’m not sure even that audience would have much of a use for them :(

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      Thomas McGee

      June 20, 2011 9:08 am

      Hi Dylan,

      I appreciate your feedback, it’s always helpful to receive in order to know how better to craft icons for relevancy and usefulness to the design community. You’re absolutely correct that these are for a specific audience, but that’s hopefully what will make them useful. Editors and writers use such style guides nearly every day, and what better way to showcase editorial quality than to depict which style guides are in use?

      Think of it this way: a designer may have icons on their site to showcase their Twitter, Dribbble, Forrst, etc.—whereas a writer or editor could have Chicago Manual of Style, AP Stylebook, and APA Style to show the type of writing/editing they prefer.

      With a bit of creativity I’m sure they’ll come in handy!

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    I believe that this is no problem. If you will need to ever use them, you’ll find them right here. And that’s what matters.

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    Gerd Wippich

    June 20, 2011 4:59 am

    A freebie is a freebie is a freebie…

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    Rob McLarty

    June 20, 2011 5:16 am

    I got all excited looking for links to the actual style guides of all these things. Alas, there was only a link to download the actual images of these styleguides. That’s sort of cool, but not as cool as I initially thought. Like Gerd said though: a freebie is a freebie, so you can’t really complain about that.

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    i dont really get what they are for… and isnt using any of those styleguides against copyright anyway? (wherever i may find the actualy styleguides) not the icons of course

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    As an eBook developer, I have to say these are really unique and fresh. Props!

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    What everyone else said; I don’t see the point behind these icons, but thank you for the freebie nonetheless. When I stumble across the actual styleguides for these publications I will be sure to use these icons to link to them.

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    Without being too cynical this seems like a post put together to get yourself listed on a site with high traffic. The style guides themselves, now they’re very informative and indeed useful. These graphics.. I mean are you even using them?

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    I would be willing to pay $100 to anyone who can find a genuine use for these. Or am I missing something?

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      $100. Really?

      A freelance editor or journalist normally operates according to one, or several, of these style guides. If they have a website or blog, it would be a nice touch to add a visual indication of his/her capabilities. Thus, at least one use for the icons.

      Web designers often put little “HTML5 validated” badges on their sites. For writers, this would be sort of the same idea.

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      Alright, Jimmy, pay the man! Pay up!

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    Very nice. It’s a shame that the Guardian icon has “style” set in an arbitrary typeface, but presumably it would be too expensive to licence Guardian Egyptian just for this purpose.

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    Katie Van Heest

    June 20, 2011 11:09 am

    I suppose these icons do serve a niche population, but as someone in that target market I can say that they are excellent! I’m an academic editor, and I’ve already put them up on my website. Many of my site visitors want immediate confirmation that I can support their disciplines’ style guides, and straightforward icons displaying as much do the trick.

    I don’t know if this qualifies as “link dropping,” but if anyone wants to see the icons in action, here’s my homespun site: I’ve put the icons on the homepage, the services page, and the cite-management (documentation formatting) page.

    Thanks, Thomas and Smashing.

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    I’m a freelance writer and editor/proofreader and I keep an online portfolio site. Right now, I just keep a text list of the style guides I’m familiar with and experienced editing for on my site. But I love the idea of using icons instead. A little extra visual flair to an otherwise kinda boring “Here’s what I can do…” page.

    So thanks, Thomas!

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    nice icons…it would be great if you inlucde the PSD also.tnx :)

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    Thank you for the freebee. I’ll put these to work immediately. I would like to request two additions to the set.

    * Garner’s Modern American Usage
    * A blank template I can use to make additions to the set.

    Thank you

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    Web Designer Alex

    June 22, 2011 7:16 am

    While these icons are definitely for a particular niche market, you can’t help but think that they are beautifully crafted and well designed. Thomas obviously had those users in mind, and accomplished the task at hand! I can absolutely see myself using some of these at a near job in the future.

    Thanks Thomas and Smashing! Love the stuff you all share with us.

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    thanks =D

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    Rick Squires

    June 29, 2011 4:30 am

    I think these icons are marvelous! I see their use on my academic library’s website where they will add some visual interest as well as some class! Thanks for providing them! And to those who see no use for them, simply click your back button and spare us the comments!

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    I don’t mean to be rude but this freebie is useless, nothing less.

    When I read “styles” I was expecting .psd files with styles in it and not just very specific icons.

    I’m not even sure a single SmashingMagazine reader will ever have use of this.

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    Lauren @ Pure Text

    July 30, 2011 4:58 am

    These icons are great! I wonder if they can be re-sized, though. Is this allowed?

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    These are great! I know many writers who will appreciate these. Thanks!

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    Great work thank you.

    Would have been a step-stone in mankind history if we could edit it :p


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