Icons are one of the most important elements in good UI design. Not only do they symbolize some important bit of information for the user (think a simplified house image to represent “home”) they also convey all sorts of less obvious information through their design aesthetic.
Cohesive use of icons can define the personality of your website or app. Whimsical designs convey warmth and fun. Modern minimalist designs say to the user, “we’re hip and tech-savvy.”
The design of your project’s icons can mean the difference between a site that feels united and immediately understandable and one that’s confusing and hard to navigate.
Thankfully you don’t have to go it alone. Designers across the globe have made icon sets available to help kickstart your creativity. Below we’ve curated some of the best icon sets you can use in your next project. And best of all… they’re free!
Essential SVG icons
This massive set of 100 essential UI icons in SVG format could be invaluable for a wide range of design projects.
This set features a limited color palette and simple, flat designs guaranteed to add cohesive class to your next website, UI/UX or other design project.
This cryptically-named icon set does a nice job of curating symbols that fit into our daily lives.
This cryptically-named icon set does a nice job of curating symbols that fit into our daily lives. You’ll find icons representing travel, devices, foods, faces, animals, destinations and more, all rendered in an engaging, angular style the designer describes as “radical geometric design”.