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54 Colorful Small Icons – Introducing The Smallicons [Freebie]

Today we are pleased to feature Smallicons, a set of 54 flat small icons. If you are looking for a way to make your design fresh and expressive, then this freebie is the answer. The set was created and designed by Nick Frost1 and Greg Lapin2 of Smallicons. [Links checked February/09/2017]

The freebie includes 36 icons drawn from a full commercial set available on Smallicons3, plus 18 icons designed exclusively for Smashing Magazine.

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Description And Features Link

The small icons were made using Photoshop vector shapes and are available in different formats, giving you maximum convenience and saving you time for more creative tasks. The PNG files come in two dimensions (32 × 32 and 64 × 64 pixels). The set also includes swatch files, so that you can select colors in Photoshop using the color swatches palette. Smallicons is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported5 licence, freely available for personal and commercial projects.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • PSD file with 32- and 64-pixel versions;
  • Ready-to-use PNG files in 32- and 64-pixel versions (@2x sizes are also included with both versions, for making Retina-ready apps and interfaces);
  • SVG vector source files;
  • Photoshop swatches files.

Smallicons is a fully scalable set.

Nothing’s easier than customizing Smallicons with the embedded color swatches!

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This preview shows all of the icons in the set. (Large view9)

Download the Icon Set for Free Link

Behind the Design Link

As usual, a word from the designers themselves:

When you start to design in a flat style, it can be hard to stop — harder than you think! That is exactly what happened to us when we designed the icons for Smallicons. It turned into a big project, which we hope will help designers and other professionals whose work is based on graphics one way or another.

Thank you, dear Nick and Greg, for creating this beautiful set! We appreciate your work and efforts!

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

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  1. 1

    Wonderful! Exactly the style I like, simple with a nice touch and easily to recognize.

  2. 2

    Lovely looking set, thanks!

  3. 3

    They are lovely, thanks ! :)

  4. 4

    i don’t want to sound ungrateful for free stuff but there’s a trend i’ve been noticing lately with “free icon sets”: they’re mostly useless.

    a muffin, a slice of pizza, a waterdrop, a lollypop, the “life jacket” from back to the future, r2d2, the horn sign and a ghost from pacman.
    what’s the point with sharing that?

    i get why people don’t give away useful icons for free, but seriously, this is getting a little annoying… it’s like free swag at conferences, the fist sticker/pin/pen you get are nice… but at the end of the day you throw everything in the trashcan…

    • 5

      I agree. Like the free pens/pins and other materials its labelled with the somebody’s name so its more advertisement than anything else. I’ve had many of these hit the trash cans I just past them straight now.

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        Vitaly Friedman

        November 30, 2013 5:53 am

        I respectfully disagree. Well, you don’t have to use such icons right away, but you might have projects in which these are exactly the icons you could use. It really depends on the requirements and the content you are working with, and the truth is, you never know what project will be coming your way.

        What kind of icons would you find more useful?

        • 7

          I understand you point. I prefer icon sets with icons that are actually related in some way. Its difficult to use more than one of these in any one app/project as they’re all unrelated. Them you’ll have to mix icons from 10/20 diff icon set all of diff styles which all in all is a waste of time and a royal mess.

          • 8

            Well, a burger, a hot-dog, a pizza slice, a donut and a muffin are pretty related, aren’t they? And I can see such common figures as clocks, labels, pins which are used very often. The only thing you can complain about can be the size of the pack, honestly I prefer bigger sets than 36 items. But it’s all free, so I really like it.

        • 9

          i’d love to see new takes on standard icons for things like add, remove, download, file, save, edit, mail, print etc. etc.
          something that have actual use in a “normal”, business oriented project, like the cloud icons in this set.

          i’d love to work on a project that allows me to use the Marty-McFly’s-Jacket-icon but, unfortunately, those and few and far between ;)

          then there’s the problem that even if there are a couple icons i could use in one of these free sets it’s really difficult to actually use them because i need the icons to have an uniform style.

          i’m thankful to people sharing their work, my issue is that lately i’ve seen a lot of stuff that’s more advertising than actual sharing.

          • 10

            love it? download it, hate it? don’t bother it. In my point of view; a good designer always had a repo full of meaningless stuff alone but then it’s you as designer who need to compile all the meaningless to contextually meaningful so yeah THANK YOU SMASHING MAGAZINE!

    • 11

      Well, you never know what can be useful sometimes. :)

    • 14

      I agree – they can be pretty much useless when not related. Also, they aren’t really free when the creators put restrictions like attribution requirements – you can’t always put attribution depending on the project.
      The creators want recognition and distribution, through big sites such as this, for free without really making resources truly ‘free’.

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    I agree Marcello, but they’re still worth downloading. It may be free swag, but why not use these items to learn from or expand ideas off of?

    Great set Smash.


  6. 16

    Those icons are wonderful ! I love this style and I will share them on my blog.
    Thanks a lot :)

  7. 17

    I think these are adorable.

    For business and commercials websites I don’t think they would mind spending a few bucks on purchasing an iconset that fit their needs :)

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    I can’t dowload this great colection, error 1001. Please tell me if there is another way!!! Thanks!!!

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    Unable to download.

  10. 20

    Nicely done ! These are some cool icons which will integrate nicely in Flat UI ! Thanks

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    August 10, 2014 7:23 am



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