Icons are everywhere in a website and their primary purpose of guiding and giving out information to visitors is a highly important one. Other than words themselves, these little graphics within a website that tells you how you can move to the next page, cancel a transaction, checkout the cart and the likes, basically the entire navigation. In a general sense, they act as symbols that allow easier and smoother communication between the webpage and the person interacting with it.
Depending on the web context, icons should be designed in a manner that are pleasing to the eyes, and most importantly, communicate what it is suppose to communicate. Here’s a showcase of 40 Free and Useful Icon Sets for your reference. Full list after jump.
Coquette Icons Set | Download Free icon set contains 50 high quality, free icons in these sizes: 16x16px, 32x32px, 48x48px, 64x64px and 128x128px and 32-bit transparency PNG file format. [via dryicons]
Web Application Icons Set | Download 20 icons designed specially for web applications, Free Web Application Icons Set is completely Free for both personal and commercial projects in any way you like. [via Webappers]
Mini and Pixel Icons
If large and silky smooth icons aren’t the style you are looking for, how about simple, mini and pixelated one. Such icons can save significant amount of space for your website. Did we also mention their are light in filesize too?
Icons | Download A free set of over 250 18×18 pixel icons. Each icon was carefully created one pixel at a time using only whole value hexadecimal shades of grey. [via Paul Armstrong]
Tango Icon Library | Download The Tango icon library contains a basic set of icons for the most common usage. To make it easier for a developer to find an appropriate icon for their application a number of aids are there to help. [via Tango]
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