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Free Icon Set For Web Designers: Aroma (250+ PNG Icons)

Today we are delighted to release another freebie for our design community. There are many free icon sets out there, and there are quite many commercial ones as well. Yet a good, consistently designed icon set is always a welcome addition to any designer’s toolbox.

Oliver Twardowski1 had released the Ultimate Free Web Designer’s Icon Set2 (750 icons, including PSD sources) in the past, and this time he has prepared a fresh, new icon set which contains over 250 original high quality PNGs. Please notice that some icons may be similar to the ones released in the previous set.


Download the Collection for Free! Link

The elements contained in this collection are free for personal and commercial use. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word or give it a tweet or share it on Facebook! You may modify the file as you wish but please do not redistribute them elsewhere without written permission from Smashing Magazine and Oliver Twardowski.





Behind the Design Link

As always, here are some insights from the designer:

“This set was started out in January 2011, so the whole design process took me nearly a year to finish. Including all the tiny, little, shy transparent PNGs and keys, the set is build out of 145.728 pixels. All icons were made with love in Cologne, Germany.

If you think that some icons are missing in this set, feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below, contact me at aroma[at]addictedtocoffee[dot]de or find me via twitter at @mywayhome. Oh and did I mention: I’m always available for exciting freelance projects :)

Stay tuned! You never know  —  there might be a second part of the set coming out quite soon!”

Thank you, Oliver Twardowski. We appreciate your work and your good intentions!

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

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  1. 1

    Thank you Oliver! Wonderful icons!

  2. 2

    Marios Lublinski

    November 17, 2011 6:03 am

    Wow Thank you those icons are just incredible, and almost one year of hard work to create them, great gift to the community…

  3. 3

    Sorry but I have to say it: those icons are really ugly.

    • 4

      Oliver Twardowski

      November 17, 2011 6:10 am

      Can you tell me what you don’t like here? Maybe I can do better the next time. ;)

    • 5

      Ha ha, you just managed to draw the attention to you (Troll). I personally like them but as always: tastes are different.

    • 6

      Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder… What is beautiful for someone may not be for another one. BTW, no need to have eyes checked. It’s natural.

    • 7

      This is always a problem when you tell truth. We are living in the world of lies, everybody wants to hear it. I agree, most of those icons looks like from win98 era, but not all, there are also nice icons.

  4. 8

    I have to say it: those icons are really nice – great details!

    Thank you Oliver Twardowski!

  5. 9

    I don’t think they’re bad, they’re just not particularly good. The fact that they’re so tiny really limits their use too. Appreciate your hard work in creating them regardless.

  6. 10

    Those are some nice icons you’ve got there, thanks. :-)

  7. 11

    Great, great share!!! Thanks a lot Oliver!

  8. 12

    Some of these remind me of Ubuntu for some reason.

    All the same great icons, thanks!

  9. 13

    I think they’re pretty good all in all. Hey, they’re not ugly! That’s a matter of taste. But I’d certainly consider the context if I were to use them. They’re colorful and “toy-like” so they’re probably not good for minimalistic, corporate designs.

    The thing that’s really… really… really incredibly hard to do with icon sets, is to make the “style” consistent from end to end and that’s where they come up short. I can’t describe it without using terms like visual weight, color intensity, lighting, outlines and bevels. The biggest issue is the inconsistent perspective (the viewing angle).

    Also – Try to keep the concept consistent – Decide if you’re going to use visual metaphors or actual illustrations of what the icons represent? Sometimes an icon represents an action, sometimes an object, sometimes a term.

    Icons are hard work and very time consuming – keep it up!

    • 14

      Why do they have to be one consistent perspective? That’s like saying that the proportions are off because the garbage can is the same size as the can of coke. Honest question.

  10. 17

    Too colorful, to inconsistent. Some look really flat, others shiny. Not my cup of tea.

  11. 18

    Duplicate files in Zip package confuse me :D

    • 19

      Vitaly Friedman (editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine)

      November 17, 2011 8:41 am

      Mistake fixed! Please re-download the package. And thanks for reporting it!

  12. 20

    It’s funny to see people immediately jumping on the backs of users leaving negative comments about this. It seems the Smashing community has resigned itself to a collective orgasm of any freebie that is posted on the website, and thinking any different is considered a capital sin.

    Freebies are nice and the work should, of course, be appreciated, but this will still have to pass through the filter of utility and aesthetics. And surely an objective designer will see how this set falls short on both accounts. Fine, so aesthetics may be a question of taste and style, but an icon set that has more representations of fizzy pop cans than files (actions) is hardly handy. They are flat, they are bluntly contoured, and their gimmicky colourful nature might make them usable in some contexts (very few), but only if they were provided in a reasonable size.

    Sorry, but a useless set altogether.

  13. 21

    Though I respect the nice offer, the icon set isn’t that good in my opinion.

    Less is more – its far more important that the icons are in the same style/size/perspective and have a neutral look to be styled within multiple context (like Helveticons).

  14. 22

    Wow, this took a year to create?

    • 23

      Oliver Twardowski

      November 17, 2011 1:20 pm

      It’s been nearly a year from the first sketches to the final set, but I’ve not worked on it daily. :)

  15. 24

    Haben wir denn schon Weihnachten?
    Thank you Oliver!

  16. 25

    Thank you, Oliver. I really appreciate the effort put in to create these and I will certainly be using them.

    I will also say that I’m appalled by the pathetic anonymous (typical of the interwebs) snarking by the NON-contributors with their smug & *edgy* criticism of a GIFT. Get your hand out of your pants, people and perhaps try and create something yourself. Or not.

    • 26

      How are the negative opinions anonymous exactly? Would I have to leave my full name and address for my comment to qualify as a relevant post? Gifts aren’t excluded of criticism just because they are free. The author isn’t a primary school pupil to be fed constant positivity for the fear of his self esteem being affected.

      It’s called having an “opinion”. Look it up, you might find the concept groundbreaking.

  17. 27

    I LOVE YOU!!!
    thank you Oliver…

  18. 28

    I think these icons are great, Oliver. I especially love the Campbells soup can :D

    Also, interesting timing on this because a designer friend of mine just released a free icon set of her own today, if anyone wants check it out –

  19. 29

    Nice icons, but both this set and the previous one of 750 icons are missing something I’d consider pretty basic: a good old-fashioned, universally-understood telephone! (Most icons of a cellphone are too easy to mistake for something else.) You might be consoled by the fact that that I’ve yet to find an icon set that includes all the icons I’m looking for – something that includes both social media icons, as well as those for different ways to contact us (in person, email, phone, chat, and by appointment.) Thanks for your work!

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    Really good job Oliver.I can’t believe how people can complain about such a great freebie! It takes a lot of effort to create so many icons at such a small size.

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    Julian Gaviria

    November 17, 2011 5:15 pm

    A phone icon would have been great.

  22. 32

    Aww! love the icons, Thanks for sharing it :) it surely going to brighten my Desktop

  23. 33

    Great !!! thanks buddy it helps me allot.

  24. 34

    nice work Oliver… two thumbs up for you…
    ask permission to download… :)

  25. 35

    Thank you for making and sharing these icons. I might use some of them, but I don’t think they work very well as a complete set.

    For instance, the keys look like a completely different set, I don’t understand why they are part of the same download.
    The rest of the icons also look like different sets put together. The post-its and the folders look very lite and clean, the chip and facebook look very colorful and crisp, the control buttons look very harsh and some of the icons look just completely off, like the speach bubbles and concierge bell. I’m not an icondesigner myself, but I think you should try keeping iconsets in the same contrast. Going for lite and clean? Make them all that style. Going for clean pixel lines all around? Make all of them like that. But that’s just my opinion!

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    OK, I’ve been thinking more about how to explain what I mean. I hope you’re finding this constructive instead of critical -) I think we need more icon designers so please be encouraged to improve :) Things are a mix of being viewed:

    1) Straight on (2D)
    • The coke can
    • The CD

    2) At an angle (3D)
    • Book icons
    • Toilet roll

    3) Orthographic (no depth in perspective)
    • Book icons
    • Toilet Roll

    4) With depth perspective
    • Folders
    • Wooden crate and boxes

    I’m a bit of a cheat – I design my icons in a 3D app, then I can adjust viewing angle, lens perspective, lighting etc. as needed. However, it requires a LOT more work. I try to build up a collection of objects to reuse and build my icons almost like virtual lego.

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    What was the idea behind this set, exactly? I’m currently involved in making web-based software for the healthcare, financial and education industries. You have an icon for an address book, which is nice if our users want to send messages. But you have no icon that displays an e-mail message, a send-icon, a cancel icon or even a new-message icon, for example.

    Furthermore, software tends to have users. You don’t have a user-icon, let alone an icon for adding, removing or editing – whether that be users, posts, other types of records or anything else.

    You do supply a search icon and a settings icon. Both often found in web-apps. Then again, you also supply icons for toilet paper, coke, html5, hamburgers and Smashing Magazine’s book.

    I can’t seem to find any particular use for this set. Any particular use I might use these icons for would immediately disqualify this set as a viable icon set because it’s incomplete for any specific purpose.

    Ask yourself this: Who would ever use a coke icon and hamburger icon in their software, and also go: “I’m so glad there’s a rainbow icon in here, too!”

    It’s a rather pretty set, but very incomplete. Thanks though!

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    Free icons. Thanks:) Great design.

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    Merci pour la sélection !!

  30. 40

    Thanks! Great set.

  31. 41

    Great work and even greater that Oliver is giving them away for free. Thank you.

  32. 42

    Beautiful set – many thanks to Oliver and Smashing Magazine for sharing!

  33. 43

    Thank you for the gift!
    I think plenty of people have left their criticisms of what it’s missing, but I can definitely use some of these, so thank you.

  34. 44

    Nice article.Web Fly Software is one of the best web development and web design company in India,webflysoftware are committed to deliver high standard and affordable web solutions involving an advanced approach together with years of experience and expertise.

  35. 45

    Thanks. It’s simply great for web development
    Especially online store

  36. 46

    Nice collection. Thumbs up for Oliver Twardowski.

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    wow, great icons, thanks a lot :)

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    Thanks Ollie!

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    How did you make the icon soooo refine and sharp?
    Amazing icons, thank you for sharing with us! Great job~~~!!

  40. 50

    Thanks Oliver! The symbol of beauty and I need to let my Web.

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    I like these, thank you Oliver. These have a bit of a ‘retro’ 8-bit feel to them (may be it’s just me), which is very nice.
    I would love to see a smartphone icon though, or something that has a distinct “I’m a mobile phone” connotation. Would be very useful in a lot of cases.

    Thanks again, Great job!

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    Julianne Bueno

    November 23, 2011 1:45 pm

    Great icon set, thanks!

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    I’m still looking for a real replacement for the famfamfam iconset, but whilst it’s definitely showing its age it does have a huge variety of icons. I’d love to see an iconset that is an updated version of famfamfam or a superset (Includes updated versions of all the icons plus ones that aren’t in the original famfamfam set).

  44. 54

    very cool image set!

    but …. :-) …..missing the “tabular” icon :-]

  45. 55

    Nice styling, shame they are so small, but at the end of the day, they are FREE.

  46. 56

    Wow, nice collection… thanks for that.

  47. 57

    Thank you!

  48. 58

    Its a hard work. so i just thank u! If they r ugly or beautifull, i do not want to hurt you.. and tell you nice work dud. keep it up

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    Monika Malhotra

    December 8, 2011 10:40 pm

    Wow!……What a icon’s….I really Like it very much…Keep it up!..

    Good Work! specialy Milky ICon’s

  50. 60

    Very poor quality ¬¬

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    Thank you Oliver :)

  52. 62

    That’s A LOT of hard work. You did a great Job Oliver. I could see using these in some fun themes. Sometimes its about what the client wants, NOT what you like. I’m searching for some icons now for a client. Hard to find some set styles and I can’t always do the work myself. Thanks again Oliver and Smashing Mag for giving your work to the community.


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