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10 Amazing Academic Icons + PSD Source [Freebie]

Today, it is our pleasure to present to you a free set of academic icons related to education — commissioned by PixelsDaily71 exclusively for Smashing Magazine and the design community. The icons are available as transparent PNGs as well as Photoshop PSDs in a size of 128×128 pixels. The icons are released under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Download the Set for Free! Link

This academic icon set is completely free to use for commercial and personal projects, without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word.

Description Link

This beautiful icon set consists of 10 images related to education and academia. They are provided both as 128-pixel PNGs and in the original PSD format. The icons included are:

  • Backpack
  • Blackboard
  • Books
  • Calculator
  • Math equipment
  • Dictionary
  • Globe
  • Mortarboard and hat
  • Artist’s palette
  • Science equipment

All of our free resources are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license5. This lets you distribute, remix, tweak and build on your work, even commercially, as long as you credit the original designer (in this case, PixelsDaily).

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Behind the Design Link

As always, here are some insights from the designers:

PixelsDaily71 is a collection of free and commercial resources for designers. We publish pixel-perfect freebies that are perfect for building up your design collection. We wanted to do something special for Smashing Magazine readers, so we commissioned an incredibly talented icon designer — Artem Borysenko8 — to craft this special icon set.

Thanks, Artem and PixelsDaily! We sincerely appreciate your time and goodwill.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link


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David Appleyard is a designer and writer based in the UK. He manages Tuts+, along with managing several design websites including Design Shack and PixelsDaily.

  1. 1

    Ooo nice, thanks PixelsDaily :)

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    Navin Kulkarni

    June 18, 2012 2:21 pm

    This comes at a very right time!
    We have just finished Deferential aptitude test application as a project.
    Can use some of these it there to help Children relate to it :)

  3. 5

    Beautiful job, thank you for sharing!!

  4. 6

    Very beautiful!

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    Maicon Sobczak

    June 18, 2012 3:39 pm

    Very beautiful and well done. The lights and shadows are perfect. Thank you.

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    perfect! These are just what I needed. Fantastic icons.

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    Heh, funny. I used the same iStockphoto background image for a site just the other day. The blackboard that is.

    Recognize the slightly darker spot. I edited the spot out though… too recognizable ;)

    Fair set of icons, would’ve liked it to have a few more different icons though :)


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    Very cool icons. I downloaded them on to my Mac, now what? I am very new to photoshop 10 and have no clue what to do and how to start using them. So sorry, can you please help.

    Thank you,

    Amateur photographer

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    Fardeem Munir

    June 19, 2012 3:57 pm

    Greaaaaat icons!!! Love them! But I have to say, it would have been nice if it was given at a size of 32 x 32 pixels. Still awesome though.

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    Ankit SIngh

    June 20, 2012 4:23 pm

    Amazing.. Cool stuff.. :)

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    Beautifull home made icons, nicely done!

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    These are very cool! Thank you!


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    Chase McNabb

    July 1, 2012 5:49 am

    This is an incredible website! I’m currently studying Graphic Design and i have no idea how i have never heard of this site before! My mind is blown! Great work keep it up! Oh and thanks for the freebies!

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    Alexia Liberty

    July 10, 2012 2:40 pm

    PixelsDaily – thank you again.

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    Thank you. Super icons!


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