After my tutorial on how to make a great icon design, I could not prevent myself from making a selection of the best icon sets. These icon sets have a common thread, they are all intended to web designer. These images are free for use, you can download them and pin them on your blogs and portfolios. However, no license is granted to sale edited version of these icon sets.
Publicons is a growing collection of finely tuned publishing and platform icons. Although it may seems trivial at first sight, it is innovative in the purity of colors and shapes. This set of freebie was made by Joshua Sortino, a freelance interface designer (learn more about his work on his portfolio).
Web 2.0rigami is an origamized pack of icons created by Paddy Donnelly, a freelance illustrator and UX designer (you can follow him on his Twitter account). The basic principle of origami consists in making an object, whatever it is, only by bending paper. This is why these icons have several facet superimposed one above the other.
Minimal and Outline
This icon pack contains 10 action images including mail, author, code, link, star, article, embed, tips, share and love icons. Follow the work of Martin Maričák on his Dribbble account and on his website.
Clear Icon Set
Clear Set contains 20 action icons including note, note-reply, email, iPhone, iPad, iMac, stats, HD and SD icons. Learn more about Design Deck work on their website.
These images of the most popular files could be useful for files sharing websites. These files were designed by Kev Simpson, you can learn more about his work on his Dribbble account or on his website.
Here are some graphics elements that could be useful for the navigation of your website. The icons of the second range was made for white websites and the last range was made for blackest colors websites. This sleek icon set was made by Joe Prince, you can follow is work on Dribbble or on his website: Admix Designs.
Flat Set by Othmane Machrouh
This flat and bi-color set of icons was made by Othmane Machrouh, you can follow his work on Dribbble. I choose this one because it can be rather sleek on a colorful blog and the author/files/stars/comments icons are always useful for the navigation of a website. However, I am not convinced that these bi-color emblems are easy to integrate, this is why I attached the .psd and .sketch files to make the color changes easier.
The Impressionist UI set ended up to be so appreciated, the team from DesignModo decided to give it away. Even if Impressionist is a user interface pack, I think it worth the visit. Indeed, it has some clear and useful icons. It has been created by Vladimir Kudinov and Sergey Shmidt, two professional designers.
Adobe CS6 Set
Blown away by the chrome and CS6 icons that Matt Rossi has created, he inspired Alexander Schutz to make his own. These icons could be helpful to specify the required software on a download website. You can find out more informations about his work on his Dribble account and on his website. Follow him on twitter @schultzaw to receive updates on the icon set.
Sketch Design by Pausrr
Heart, drop, paint roller, this set features many unlikely icons. However, some of these white vector icons could be useful for your website. This icon set was designed by Pausrr, a freelance user interface, icon and web designer from Olomouc, Czech Republic. See his work on his Dribbble account.
Flat Credit Cards
24 Skinny Icons
This icon set includes the most popular mobile devices out there. In order, there is Nokia Lumia 900, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy SIV, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Nexus 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 4/S, Microsoft Surface, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, iPad and iPad Mini. It was designed by Loris Grillet follow his work on Dribbble, Twitter and his website.
Find Your Icons
There are some sites that exist specifically to help people find the icons that they are looking for. If you find yourself looking for icons to use in your own work, try these icons search engines:
- Iconfinder - Search any format of icons: vector, png, gif… Note that some icons are not free, but you can filter the results to show only those that are licensed for commercial use.
- Findicons – Add your icons in your library and access to those saved icons 24/7 from anywhere.
- Vector.me - Search through 150,000+ free vector graphics!
It is possible to enhance this list. If you found an awesome icon set I could add to this list, feel free to leave a comment below. In the opposite case, if you think that one of these icon sets is not awesome, mention it in the comments.