As a web designer having a good resource of icons is essential. The web is full of free icons, finding them is easy, finding the good ones is another matter. A good icon pack contains a broad selection of icons from documents to control icons.
For a serious and professional look the icons must be uniform and have a good color scheme. To save you the time I went through many free icons and selected the best looking ones and two premium sets. Premium icons are good if you want more control over the icon looks.
I felt like I stumbled on a treasure when I came across this icons set. It contain over more then 600 free icons in two sizes. With the choice between 16×16 or 32×32 pixel you just can’t go wrong with this icons set if this is the kind of icon style you are looking for.
These icons a pretty famous being online for 5 years already. It’s the icon pack of choice of BuddyPress.
2,941 icons in PNG format, I have a preference for PNG formatted icons. These icons are a bit more “sharp” then the previous one, they would do well in a design with strong colors.
A nice icon collection for a simple website or weblog, PNG formatted in size 10×10 and 16×16.
By now everyone should have heard about FamFamFam icons, I have them on my computer for a couple of years already and regularly dip in the folder for icons when working on websites. These icons where one of the first of many free icons of this kind so FamFamFam always deserves a mention in a list of best web icons.
60, semi-transparent PNG icons sized 16×16.
16×16 PNG formatted icons.
More then 400 icons of 16×16 and PNG formatted.
32×32 transparent PNG icons that can be easily given another color in Photoshop using Layer Styles and in Fireworks using Filters.
113 10×10 greyscale icons in GIF format
26 icons sized 16×16 in different filte types: ICO, ICNS, TIF, GIF, BMP, PNG. They come in colors and grey.
26 icons sized 16×16 in different filte types: ICO, ICNS, TIF, GIF, BMP, PNG. In 2 versions: pixelate for any background (“sharp”) & pixelate for white backround (“soft”)
Inspired by several Linux distributions.
Derivations and recompositions of FamFamFam’s Silk icons.
250 18×18 pixel icons handmade pixel by pixel.
103 icons originally intended for the Drupal and open-source community freely available for everyone to use.
Chalkwork HTML is available in 3 sizes and 6 file formats: transparent PNG, TIF, GIF, BMP, Windows ICO, and Mac ICNS.
Two premium icons set by the well known Dan Cederholm. He’s is famous for his simplistic designs.