15 great resources for download free icons

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There are a dizzying number of free download icons available for download from the web – so where do you start? In this feature, we’ve gathered some of the best sites to help track down options that work for you.

The key to iconography is a consistent aesthetic (line weights, proportions, composition, amount of positive vs negative space used, etc) that displays a sense of competence and good decision-making in your design.

Each individual icon needs to communicate clearly but relate to every other icon used on the site or design piece.

Scalability

In other words, you need to make sure the free icons you download are scalable. While some realistic/illustrative icons are intriguing, they ultimately do not reduce down in size and maintain legibility. But icons that are stripped down to their essence can usually scale well, whether small or large.

Understand what your needs are: the amount of room needed to display the icons, if the background is clean or complex, and so on. That way you’ll be better equipped to find the kind of download icon free you’re looking for more efficiently.

Understand that icons are more about being literal rather than symbolic. And remember that while vectors (AI, EPS, SVG) can be scaled in size and maintain quality, pixel-based images (PNG, JPG, PSD) cannot be enlarged without losing quality.

01. iconmonstr

 

02. Find Icons

03. iconShock

 

04. Icon Archive

 

05. Icon Gallery

 

06. Iconfinder

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07. The Noun Project

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08. IconToucan

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09. Iconza

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10. Minicons

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11. Modern Pictograms

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12. Fontello

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13. Iconic

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14. Smashing Magazine

15. Socialico

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