Adobe Illustrator (AI) is the most recognized world-class vector management platform you can get your hands on today. The popularity comes as no surprise, though. Adobe is behind the best photo editing tools we have today, and Illustrator is just another example of how well Adobe understands visual content and how it manages to use its resources to continue to deliver on the promise of sustainability, reliability, flexibility, and purpose above everything else. We are huge fans of Adobe Illustrator, and the last couple of years have shown huge improvements in graphical interfaces and the overall graphic design performance, thanks largely to Illustrator’s feature set.
AI has kept its design workflow fairly intact over its active years. This has enabled more graphic designers to learn how to use the software without having to sacrifice existing Adobe software feature patterns. Designing effectively with Illustrator is a matter of understanding what you want to build. The software will adapt to your needs and allow you to extend where necessary. Remember that learning anything new will require a little bit of patience and perhaps some mental strength to get over tiny little irritation and mistakes that you are going to make, naturally.
Much of vector graphics we see today have been built with AI, whereas most of the prototyping happens with Sketch, a Mac alternative for Illustrator users. Graphic designers release their unique work to the public in exchange for exposure, and perhaps recognition for all their hard work. We want to discuss and promote some of these graphic designers by offering some of their free work. The list below largely focuses on the best free and ready-to-use AI icon sets. AI files are also available, enabling you to build upon the existing icons and create your own versions.
Icons can do so much for our designs. They can be very helpful in the process of getting the user to understand the different parts of a website’s functionality better. That’s because icons represent an object that we already recognize, either because we have seen it in the real world, or because another website has used something similar. EpicPxls offers a set of 35 unique e-commerce icons that will help in layering your design with known icon elements. These will enable you to talk about your e-commerce website goals and features better.
The icons include packaging symbols, refunds, choice of delivery, for invoicing purposes, a shopping basket, tracking information, and payment gateways. The design is modern and colorful, making this set a great fit for all types of designs. Furthermore, the icons are editable via your favorite vector software (such as Adobe Illustrator) to suit your style.
Finding placeholder avatar icons can be a daunting task. The options are there, although consistency is usually the number one problem. We can find a beautiful avatar icon for a female user, but finding its male counterpart can turn out to be a real pain in the neck. This happens because sometimes, graphic designers only release single files from their full sets. Thankfully, this package of 16 avatar icons is a perfect complement for a project that requires avatar placeholders and needs them in many different flavors and variations with a level of consistency in design and appeal. Released by WordPress experts at Users Insights, this set will look good on a WordPress blog or any other community-oriented project website.
Pramod Kabadi doesn’t shy away from releasing free graphic design stuff. He loves the idea of giving to the public, as well as the kind of attention it gives him! His pack of 12 unique music icons will surely find a great purpose in website designs and application prototypes. The icons are for a vinyl, headphones, a microphone, a microphone input, earbuds, a musical note, a cassette, an outstretch of a piano, a music player, speakers, a guitar, and a volume indicator. These are all the necessary icons to help you set up a music page on your website or app without having to whip out your wallet.
So far, Picons has been one of the most successful free icon sets for social media, with over 300,000+ downloads. Its creators position themselves as knowledgeable designers who know which kind of visuals works best with the majority of today’s website designs.
Some of the icons you will find in the package are for the following: Twitter, Dribbble, Skype, Digg, HTML5, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Windows, SoundCloud, Android, Instagram, eBay, Visa, MasterCard, iOS, Evernote, GitHub, and Yelp. The set features both white and dark color schemes, with a whopping 120 icons available in each set.
Nova Icons gained a lot of momentum when they released a pack of 4,000 unique icons based on Google Material Design (See our roundups of Material Design WordPress Themes and Material Design Admin Dashboards.). Its public icon set, which consists of 350 unique icons, is available to download for free. Also, it serves as a taster for the other 3,650 icons you can purchase at a bargain price.
This package includes icons ranging from the basics, like website navigation menus, to the more concise ones, such as music navigation options, different facial expressions, financial icons that will be suitable for e-commerce sites, navigation icons to help you better organize your apps, those related to the physical world (buildings, globe, houses, travel stuff, water, etc.), and a lot of technology-related icons for tech startups who wish to bring some meaning to their designs. We could go on and on, but you very well what your project needs right now. Chances are that Nova Icons has it! It definitely has it, as far as design goes.
Nick Botner works with Google Cloud for all its design-related issues. Nick’s a design champion, and quite often shares his inspiration with the fellow members of Dribbble. One of his most prominent shares has been a set of 280 icons for office and general use.
You will find icons of all kinds here: Office users can benefit from icons that relate to time management, statistics display (charts, pie bars, data whiteboards, sharing, growth), plenty of icons related to office documents and folders (perfect for software situations where it’s better to display an icon than it is to use written text), and quite a few financial icons, too. Then, there are also icons that reach the general audience through gaming-related visuals, photography, community discussions, and much more.
At first, it seems like a lot to take in, but do take your time and explore this set. Nick will be grateful!
Vio Late is a very unique free icon set. It also possesses a lot of character in the way it has been designed. Nearly 4,000 people have already downloaded Vio Late and are using these icons for their projects. The best fit for these, it seems, would be mobile applications that seek digitally evolved design features. You can find an icon for a user, switch, clock, location, cloud, tick box, pie chart, lock box, and even a coffee mug available in this set. It’s a really stunning approach to icons, and we know there will definitely be something to take away.
Squid Ink uses a line design concept to create and publish a set of marvelous icons you won’t find anywhere else. It also provides a set of 100 unique icons that represent a variety of hand gestures, perhaps best used in situations where a tap is required or where there are design features that require a swipe.
The default icon set consists of the following: folder, stamp, document handler, digital screen, a bath tub, settings icon, couch, credit card, gaming console, wine glass, a loaf of bread, chess piece, a dress, location, a wallet, and community members. These are just some of the craziness going on in this set. They’re totally unique, and we love unique. We can imagine you do, too!
The UniGrid set has more than 2,300 unique flat icons. They are divided into categories, such as: appliances, baby, basic, biology, buildings, clothing and accessories, design, devices, finance, food, fruits and vegetables, holidays, human, interior, layout, maps and travel, mechanics, military, multimedia, nature, security, science, sport, symbols and arrows, tools, vehicles, and weather. This freebie is UniGrid’s free sample of 100 icons that anyone can download today, hopefully to attract new customers to their full set.
We are certainly very pleased with the end result and wouldn’t hesitate for a second to get the full set, if the need appeared. That’s an insane amount of high-quality designed vector icons built with color in mind. Some of the free icons include those for the following: a truck, an airplane, a ship, a car, a trolley, a carrot, a pear, paint spray, a hammer, a person falling, a bowling ball, open doors, a smiling baby face, baby toys, a bulb, an umbrella, security protection, a tree, documents, a diamond, a flower pot, statistics, money, a wallet, pizza, food items, wine glass, teeth, a heart, a moon, and a windmill. Explore the full version to see what this set is really all about.
Line icons grew in popularity, hugely because mobile apps can take better advantage of them. Web designs also utilize transparent or light-colored backgrounds. Buatoom is a Thai designer with a passion for precision and simplicity, and his line icon set shows just that! He has focused his attention to icons like those of a game console, office documents, a portfolio, a message bubble, a camera, a price tag, a bell, settings, a display, a mobile phone, a key lock, and more that focus on the general, office, and technology aspects. Give him a thumbs up if you enjoyed these.
The Birply Icons set uses a modern and cute design that you will fall in love with in an instant. The bubbly icons will go well with similarly bubbly designs. With this set, you have a choice of icons: a mushroom, a planet, a spaceship, a skull, a parachute, a car, scales, a pizza slice, a hamburger, ice cream, a money bag, money note and coins, a money chip, a letter, photography-related stuff, moon landing, a house, iPod, a tea cup, a cocktail, and a couple of others that you can preview in the demo snapshot. Grab them while they’re hot. More than 6,000 others have already done so.
Mobile developers, here is the icon set you have been asking for! RetinaIcons provides a premium package of over 3,000 icons for use in your app development projects. As an introduction, RetinaIcons freely releases an icon set freebie that consists of 120 Retina-ready icons for direct use.
Here are the categories of icons that RetinaIcons covers: arrows, auto-machinery-related stuff, buildings, business, cleaning, clothes and fashion, communication, design, eco, education, file types and content, finance and e-commerce, food and beverages, furniture, gadgets, gambling, gestures, Islamic, lifestyle, medical, military, music and sound, nature, religion, science, security, smiley, social media and brand management, space, sports, essentials, travel, weapons, weather, and winter. What a list! We won’t even go into detail for each of them, as you can clearly preview all the icons yourself. Do make the sound decision to pick a few if you think they are very attractive for your next project.
Pavel Kozlov is a starter designer with some serious talent for making mean icons! His latest set is a package of 40 unique icons for e-commerce-related designs. Yes, we absolutely love these icons, and we know that our readers will enjoy them just as much. Explore the preview, and grab a copy of your own. There is so much variety to work with that your e-commerce site will never look the same. Time to rake in those big sales through the use of friendly visuals that customers love.
Hanna Jung takes a stand-alone approach to icon design and releases a free package of eight geometrically aligned and animated weather icons. What more could you ask for?! We couldn’t believe the high quality of these icons when we first saw them. Download the set for yourself to experience its full potential.
The Flat Color Icon pack is another massive set of icons that consists of nearly 4,000 unique individual works of art. The level of firmness in these icons will be hard to match.
The icon package is divided into categories: alphabet, animals, arrows, astrology, baby, beauty, business, cinema, city, clothing, computer hardware, cultures, data, DIY, e-commerce, editing, files, finance, folders, food, gaming, hands, healthcare, holidays, household, industry, logos, maps, media controls, messaging, military, mobile, music, network, objects, operating systems, photo and video, plants, printing, programming, science, security, shopping, social networks, sports, time and date, transport, travel, user interface, users, and weather.
This free package, though, touches only the tip of the iceberg regarding its full potential. After a more thorough investigation, we came to realize just how many of these icons could be found on most of our favorite websites. This indicates that this pack can and will deliver!
Swifticons utilizes the freebie promotion technique. Its freebie acts as an introductory bridge for the whole set of 2,000+ icons. The stunning imagery content here is fully customizable. It also comes in the following formats: AI, Sketch, PNG, SVG, JPG, EPS, and PDF. Whether it is an ambulance car icon you’re looking for or a variety of heart shapes, this package will help you out immensely.
Obviously, Cheetah Icons has little to do with actual cheetahs, apart from using the animal’s yellow-black color scheme. The animated icon set here is rather tiny, but would end up costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the public freelance market. So, you better grab these while you still can. The set features icons for the following: a document, a website lookup, an Erlenmeyer flask, a clock, a photo camera, navigation menus, a cloud, and a volume adjuster. This set displays a wonderful execution of vector graphics in a modern context.
The Geekies Icon set offers vector-based, design-related icons. The premium consists of more than 300 uniquely built icons. It’s a premium set; although, a freebie (a couple of the icons) has been made available. These include icons for documents, a whiteboard, a pen on paper, technical, cloud, a smartphone, a keyboard, a chain, a lock, a mug, sunglasses, and a few others.
Shared nearly two years ago, this line icon set still manages to stun and amaze designers who are getting started with this whole vector thing. With tens of thousands of downloads, this is a beautiful set of icons suitable for apps, software, and web design.
Robin Kylander steps up to the plate and delivers a phenomenal set of 54 stylish icons that you can incorporate in your mobile apps, product platforms, management platform templates, or any other web design concept where icons could be of use. We will let you decide as to whether these stylish icons can best suit your needs.
The last free set includes 48 crisp icons, 35 detailed icons, 24 weather icons and 70 soft icons from Robin Kylander.
Premium Adobe Illustrator Icon Sets
What we had there was a recap of remarkable icons from some of the best designers and graphic design resources there are. Counting them all together, it seems that there could be more than 30,000+ unique icons to choose from! We know for a fact that there will be at least a dozen good ones that you will be able to quickly incorporate in your next design workflow, and if you wish — you can share with us the end result in the comments. For now, though, we have reached the point where we are going to discuss premium choices, most of which are carefully crafted for specific reasons and categories, some of which will be hard to find in the free market. Please enjoy.
20 Military Equipment Icons
Military websites are not to be excluded from the benefits of using icons in their web design. We can imagine so many cases where using military icons would be suitable, be it covering military stories, doing invitations, or using icons for content categories. By getting this package, you will get military icons such as: tank, jeep, water machinery, airplane, chopper, missiles, and other military related equipment and machinery.
20 Security Icons
Security is becoming a widely discussed topic these days. The following icons: alarm, house protection, chain protection, house protection, a key, camera, alarm bell, weapon, radio transmitter, key lock, a dog, keys, doors with a lock and others will find great use for firms that deal with security issues, people who write about security content, or online platforms that deliver security services to their customers.
SEO Services and Internet Marketing Icons
Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing are amongst some of the largest online industries for making money, or building your business around. The icons: promotion, growth, mission, research, price tag, ecommerce, targeting, conversion, rank badge, training, search, partners, brainstorming, social media, calendar, studio, news and events, strategy, coffe break, mobile shop, profit, team, creative idea, video marketing, mobile marketing, email marketing, affiliate marketing, case study, social integration, responsive design, website building, pay per click, web development, web design, copywriting, web hosting, link building, programming, content management, and tens of others come in two different sets of colors: transparent white, and colorful. We couldn’t imagine a more suitable icon package for all your needs to advertise services, products, and stories around SEO and IM.
Business & Startup Icons
Startups and businesses are some of the most well-designed website owners in the current evolution of web technology. These guys have deep pockets for generating money, so design is never a problem. But if you’re only just starting out, bootstrapping your own ideas, it helps to have access to content that’s inexpensive. Yet, it provides the same modern design quality that you would expect from professional designers. This is how so many graphic artists make their living. They create packages of content that would otherwise be requested for free. In this package, you will find more than 220+ icons that fall under all imaginable categories that a business or a startup would have within their scope.
20 Human Resources Icons
A lovely set of icons for anything that’s related to human resources.
20 Healthy Eating Icons
Food bloggers, rejoice! We got something special for you: a collection of 20 unique healthy eating and healthy living icons that will seamlessly compliment your existing designs.
25 Buddhism Icons
Buddhism is becoming an increasingly adapted philosophy of life that has helped millions of humans across the planet. It makes them realize their true nature, and the nature of the mind. It’s amazing to see that graphic designers work within these niche areas and create content for them. These icons represent the most important aspects of Buddhism in simple vector icons. You can edit it and adjust it to your liking. In conclusion, these are perfect for sites that discuss anything related to Buddhism, meditation, yoga, and positive living.
Business Communication Icons
Is your team looking to expand the business communication aspects of your current platform? What better way is there to steer your customers in the right direction if not by using appealing and self-explanatory visuals such as the ones you will find in this collection from the author Palau83.
Creative Process Icons
The creative process is the act of turning an idea into a viable product. These icons are best suitable for platforms, apps, and websites that focus on creative arts or creative services. They were designed to inform your site visitors about the different aspects of your project.
Positive Growth Icons for Businesses
And lastly.. we have positive growth! Whether you are running a positive lifestyle website or a business blog talking about growth, you will be able to apply these icons to any story or page to inspire positive action, or report on positive insights.
Which of these icons are you going to pick?
We had tremendous amounts of fun with this listing. We’ve discussed a lot of great design works from so many talented graphic designers and artists. It’s saddening that we have to finish the list, but we truly feel that we have accomplished our main goal. That is to give our readers enough space and enough variety for picking. You need to pick icons that will represent your best projects, or the ideas you are currently crafting. You are in charge, so let us know if we did a great job. Perhaps, we blatantly forgot to include a set that you have found yourself using over and over again. If that is the case, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will consider updating this listing for you!