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Pixelglyph: 200 free PNG Icons for Developers of Mobile Websites and Apps (+ Giveaway)

January 25th, 2013

If you are into the development of mobile websites or apps for iOS, Android or – phew – Windows Phone even, you will not be able to do without icons. That’s why icon sets are experiencing high demand. As with other areas in life the separation of the wheat from the chaff is what makes choices time-consuming. There are of course decent commercial offerings but they also tend to come with luxurious pricing. A brand-new set by the name of Pixelglyph relies on a freemium price tag. Reason enough to take a closer look at it…

Filesquare, Oursky and Free Icons

Let’s first establish some order in the name game we are about to experience. The icon set we are talking about carries the name Pixelglyph and is associated to the name Filesquare. Filesquare itself is just a service for creating click-through mockups of mobile apps with a feedback channel to the customer. Apps for mockup creation are a dime a dozen, so we will not look into the quality of this offering, at least not today.

The creators of Filesquare and Pixelglyph reside in Hongkong and call themselves Oursky. Oursky has, according to their own statements, specialized in the development of apps with a sharp focus on mobile devices. You can tell, they really do need icons themselves ;)

Pixelglyph surely is primarily aimed at raising awareness for the mockup solution Filesquare. But I guess they wouldn’t mind pocketing a few dollars through selling the paid version of the icon set, too.

Pixelglyph: 200 x 2 one-colored icons in 16 and 48 pixels squared

Pixelglyph comes in two variants. Both of which can be used commercially under the terms of the license CC-BY-3.0. This basically means, you have to attribute the original creator in the works you use the icons for. This is usually achieved by the addition of a backlink. The free set comes with 200 one-colored icons in PNG format. They are sized 16 and 48 pixels squared.

Only the mail address is asked for, any throw-away provider will do

To get access to the 4.2mb large zip file, containing 400 single PNGs, it is necessary to leave a valid email address on the product website. The download link is mailed to the given address immediately, so any throw-away-provider will do. The mail itself contains a download link which on click initiates the download without further ado. Besides the mentioned mail address no more data is being collected.

If you decide to buy the paid version, you receive some extra. For 25 Dollar Oursky provides you with the vector source files in Adobe Illustrator and EPS formats. This way you are not limited to the given sizes of the free package, but are enabled to scale and color the icons to your likings or the specifications of your client’s project.

The whole set as an overview

What you find on your local storage after the download is well-organized. Icons reside in folders corresponding to their resolution, are sensibly named and additionally carry their resolutions in the file names as well. That will not only delight every paper pusher out there.

Let’s sum things up by putting all thumbs up for the fresh set created in Hongkong…

Wait! There’s One More Thing…

Oursky has given us five packages of the paid version to raffle them off to our fantastic readers from all around the world. So, if you want to win one of the sets with PNG, AI and EPS included, all you have to do is leave a comment below this article. The five lucky winners are drawn on Monday at 6 PM Berlin time. Any comment added until then will participate in the draw.

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Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.

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30 comments for „Pixelglyph: 200 free PNG Icons for Developers of Mobile Websites and Apps (+ Giveaway)
  1. Jason on January 25th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Love this icon set!

  2. Elena on January 25th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    What a cool giveaway. It’s amazing how icons and ui elements have changed the face of design in recent years. Thanks for the awesome contest.

  3. Matthew Abrams on January 25th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Great set, fingers crossed!

  4. Brian on January 25th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    What a great set. They will definitely come in handy for an app I’m working on.

  5. Batfan on January 25th, 2013 at 9:26 pm


  6. Matt on January 25th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Cool icon set!

  7. Anatol on January 25th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Nice collection :)

  8. Kevin on January 25th, 2013 at 11:04 pm


  9. Julian on January 25th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    give me free icoooooooons (thats my oficial BATTLECRY)

  10. Steve on January 26th, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Nice collection! It will be very useful for my current project.

  11. Craig Paterson on January 26th, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Great icon set. Could be extremely useful, thank you.

  12. Gerry on January 26th, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Pick me! Pick me!

  13. Angelo Ferreira on January 26th, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Great Icon set, beautiful work!

  14. Jim on January 26th, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

  15. darley on January 26th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Count me in.

  16. Alessandro on January 27th, 2013 at 1:34 am


  17. Al on January 27th, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Love glyph icons

  18. Theo on January 27th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Great stuff!

  19. Dante Mdz. on January 28th, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Whoa! Nice icons.

  20. ChrisR on January 28th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Great Set!

  21. Toni on January 28th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Excellent work! THX

  22. The Rancid on January 28th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Very nice icon set, good job!

  23. Sam R. on January 28th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Great collection. I wish I would have seen this a month ago. I was looking for a small home icone in PNG and could find on small enough without background.

    • Dieter Petereit on January 28th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      You should have taken a look at the project we are going to introduce tomorrow morning (Berlin time) ;-)

  24. Peter Gallagher on January 29th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Nice icon set.

  25. letour on January 29th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Very nice!

  26. scott graham on January 31st, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Really nice icon set.

  27. Michelle on January 31st, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Wow, this set would be perfect for a project I’m working on!

  28. Viv on February 4th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes…

  29. Tembo on February 7th, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Awesome! Nice icon set!