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Freebie: Nice Things Icon Set (128 Icons, PNG + AI Source)

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Inspiration strikes at funny times. Chris Behr was just watching TV and playing around with the Shape tools in Illustrator. His mind wasn’t focused on either task. He casually divided a square into a grid, then randomly colored it. Something about the colors inspired him to combine the grid with a couple of icons that he had been doodling the night before. Thus, Nice Things was born, a set of 128 original, beautiful icons that we are honoured to present to you.

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A preview of the lovely Nice Things icon set.

Chris wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to hit the ground running. So, you get three PNG sizes: 100×100, 400×400 and 800×800 pixels — all available with and without backgrounds. In addition, the set includes the original source AI file, complete with named layers, to help you find what you need.

Nice Things includes 128 carefully drawn illustrations of all kinds of pretty things around us — a bike, birthday cake, watch, traffic light, game console, doughnut, speaker, rollerskate, starship and much more. You may freely use it for both private and commercial projects, without any restrictions, including for software, online services, templates and themes.

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The vector-based files are easy to edit and break out individually. (Sneak peek3)

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Hit the ground running with three different PNG sizes! (Sneak peek5)

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A preview of all of the icons in this set. (View larger preview7)

Download The Icon Set For Free Link

Insight From The Designer Link

Here is some insight from Chris Behr himself:

It would be easy to say that I started working on Nice Things in the belief that I’d actually finish it. Like most designers, my computer is littered with the remains of half-finished projects. I decided to make this a project that I actually finished, and I set in place some very simple rules:

  1. Every week, I had to finish at least one new icon.
  2. I could draw only what I considered to be a nice thing. No guns, bombs or the like.
  3. I had to restrict the color palette. In this case, I chose the “Russian Poster Art” swatches in Illustrator.

At first, it was easy to think of what to draw. But as the weeks wore on, it became more and more difficult. Thankfully, my wonderful colleagues at Skyscanner10 were only too happy to help; and with the creation of a quick Google Doc, I had enough ideas to last me through Christmas.

I don’t have any noble goals with Nice Things beyond it being of help. Since starting college eight years ago, I’ve enjoyed the fruits of the design community without really giving anything back. Fonts, icons, templates — each and every one of them has helped me where I’ve needed it, and I hope that I can offer that same help to a designer or developer in need.

While I don’t have any noble goals, I do have a selfish one. I’d love to see my icons used as widely as possible. And if you happen to see me in a list of conference attendees, well, I can guarantee a “Hoorah!” from the audience if you use one.

Thank you, dear Chris, for the fantastic icon set. We sincerely appreciate your time and effort!

(ea, il, al)

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/0-mainimage-title-opt.png
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/3-aisizes-opt.png
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/3-aisizes-opt.png
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2-pngsizes-opt.png
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2-pngsizes-opt.png
  6. 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/1-allimages-high-opt.png
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/1-allimages-high-opt.png
  8. 8 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/1-allimages-high-opt.png
  9. 9 http://provide.smashingmagazine.com/nice-things-icon-set.zip
  10. 10 http://www.skyscanner.com/
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  1. 1

    Thank you very much. They are indeed nice things!

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    truly brilliant set o’ icons right there, which I can’t wait to start using :D

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    These are great, thank you so much! And when I see you at a conference, I will be sure to holler ;)

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  4. 4

    very cool – thanks m/

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  5. 5

    These are very nice icons. Thanks!!

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    Really nice, Chris.

    Thank you also for your inspired and meanignful insight at the end.

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  7. 7

    How lovely! Thank you so much for making me smile. I am such a visual person that it is great to see color & art to help the everyday seem a lighter. You made us smile & we will now pass that on to someone else today.

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  8. 8

    Looks nice! Well done!

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    Good work. Thanks for working weeks … result is great.

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  10. 10

    Thank you! I will indulge (wish i could insert a gracious smiley face)

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    Great resource for creatives. Thank you for making it available.

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    Thanks for all the kind words, and thank you Smashing Magazine for featuring these.

    Just a wee reminder, if you liked Nice Things you can get an extra 32 additional icons if you donate at http://www.chrisbehr.com/nicethings

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    cheers to hard work of designer, so much appreciated.

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    Can this be used for commercial purposes?

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    What great and valuable content a truly generous offering that I really appreciate. Ty

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  16. 17

    Thank you very much! They are so neat!

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  17. 18

    Lovely project. Thank you! :)

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  18. 19

    aah…after a long time!! Awesome useful freebies! Thanks SM!

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    Thank you for these great looking icons!

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    Thanks very much

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    Thank you so much for sharing your hard work. It is a tremendous help having these and I know it took a lot of time and attention (and skill!).

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  22. 23

    Thank you, it’s soo fun !

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  23. 24

    Smashing iconset!!!
    Thank you !

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  24. 25

    Thanks Chris, the icons are great!

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  25. 26

    Nice Work really! And very generous!

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    Thanks alot for sharing that hardwork

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    Florida Wholesale Printing

    November 6, 2013 2:30 am

    Those are so nice! Thank you for sharing.

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    we are redesigning our portfolio site. These will come in handy.

    http://www.kindredtechnology.com

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    Great, just great! Creative, fun & variety. Thank you.

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    Nice!

    What I like the most in here is the visual that you provide for us to know the three sizes of PNG. Thanks for that. Well, I think we can choose what size that we want right? But thanks for the freebies anyway. They are useful to us. People love freebies! Weew! :D

    I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the Internet marketing social news site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

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