I am always being asked where to get the best icons, or where did I find the icons I used on some project. The answer depends on what the project is.
Is it web based?
Who is the audience?
What style or impression are you going for?
The answer to these and other questions will dictate the type and style of icons, and fonts for that matter, that are used for a particular project.
Below I have gathered links to many of the icons sets I like and have used in past projects. May are free sets, but some will cost you a little dough.
One in particular, which I use often, IconBuffet, has a type of token trade system for icons as well as a store to buy icons.
FamFamFam Silk Icons – Free
Icon Buffet – Some sets are free
IconFactory – Some sets are free
nDesign Studio Icons – Some nice inexpensive sets by Nick La
Icon Drawer – Some sets are free
Mezzoblue Chalkwork – Great set of icons from Dave Shea
IconShoppe – Some simple icons from Dan Cederholm of Simplebits.com
Ok, actually I’m going to give you more than just 7, because Smashing Magazine has also listed links to free icons around the web:
- 35 (Really) Incredible Free Icon Sets
to spice up your posts with some nice illustrations or enrich your desktop with outstanding dock icons,
- Icons For Your Desktop and Icons For Your Web Designs
with fresh high-quality free icons which you can use for your desktop; we also showcase free professional icon sets, buttons and vector graphics you can use for your web designs,
- 20 Free And Fresh Icon Sets
with over 20 free, beautiful and fresh icon sets as well as references to further free icon libraries,
- Freebies Round-Up: Icons, Buttons and Templates
with fresh high quality icons, buttons, vector graphics, templates and layouts.
- 40 Professional Icon Sets For Free Download 40 excellent, free and professional icons for desktop and web design.