The value of icons lies in their ability to support content in web design and communicate with users in more intuitive and effective ways. Most users are known to first scan a page for visually interesting content, and only after something grabs their attention will they actually begin reading. In short, icons are a simple, effective way to draw users into the content of your website.
Today’s icon set consists of a passionate set of icons in two styles (flat and light gradient). The icons have been carefully designed by PixelBuddha1 and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers.
This icon set is completely free to use for commercial or personal applications without any restrictions. Please always provide credits to the creators and link to the article in which this freebie was released if you would like to spread the word. Thanks!
Download The Icon Set For Free! Link
This icon set is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported6. You can use the icons in your commercial as well as your personal projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is required, however, reselling of bundles or individual pictograms is prohibited.
Insights From The Designers: Link
“We usually work on each icon until every member of our team loves it, and don’t think twice before throwing out assets that make us feel unsure about them. We believe, that when we’re talking about big-sized icons, it is more important to focus on their quality, not amount. Our experience shows, that a small set of widely applicable metaphors is enough to satisfy the needs of designers and developers. That’s why we do our best in creating small icon sets, but making them as sharp and beautiful as we are able to. Ballicons 2 is a brighter and higher quality iteration of our original icon set. We hope you’ll like them! Enjoy!”
Thank you to the creative minds behind Pixel Buddha — we sincerely appreciate your time and efforts! Keep up the brilliant work!
Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link
- 40 Excellent Adobe Illustrator Tutorials9
- 35 Incredible Digital Painting Tutorials10
- Inspiring Illustrator Artworks By Artists Around The World11
- Illustrating Animals With 13 Circles: A Tutorial And Drawing Challenge12
- 1 http://pixelbuddha.net/
- 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/flat-large-preview-opt.png
- 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/flat-large-preview-opt.png
- 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/light-gradient-large-opt.png
- 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/light-gradient-large-opt.png
- 6 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
- 7 http://provide.smashingmagazine.com/smashing-freebie-ballicons-icon-set.zip
- 8 http://pixelbuddha.net/
- 9 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/09/back-to-school-with-40-excellent-adobe-illustrator-tutorials/
- 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/35-incredible-digital-painting-tutorials/
- 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/100-beautiful-illustrator-artworks-by-artists-around-the-world/
- 12 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2017/01/illustrating-animals-13-circles-drawing-tutorial-challenge/