Jan 25 2013

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

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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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About the Author

Dieter Petereit is Noupe's Editor-In-Chief and 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 webdesign and has carried on ever since. Almost a decade ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. Dieter is a heavy G-Plusser, so why not meet him over there?

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Comments and Discussions
  • Jason, 25 January 2013

    Love this icon set!

  • Elena, 25 January 2013

    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.

  • Matthew Abrams, 25 January 2013

    Great set, fingers crossed!

  • Brian, 25 January 2013

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

  • Batfan, 25 January 2013

    Nice!

  • Matt, 25 January 2013

    Cool icon set!

  • Anatol, 25 January 2013

    Nice collection :)

  • Kevin, 25 January 2013

    useful!

  • Julian, 25 January 2013

    give me free icoooooooons (thats my oficial BATTLECRY)

  • Steve, 26 January 2013

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

  • Craig Paterson, 26 January 2013

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

  • Gerry, 26 January 2013

    Pick me! Pick me!

  • Angelo Ferreira, 26 January 2013

    Great Icon set, beautiful work!

  • Jim, 26 January 2013

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

  • darley, 26 January 2013

    Count me in.

  • Alessandro, 27 January 2013

    Fantastic!

  • Al, 27 January 2013

    Love glyph icons

  • Theo, 27 January 2013

    Great stuff!

  • Dante Mdz., 28 January 2013

    Whoa! Nice icons.

  • ChrisR, 28 January 2013

    Great Set!

  • Toni, 28 January 2013

    Excellent work! THX

  • The Rancid, 28 January 2013

    Very nice icon set, good job!

  • Sam R., 28 January 2013

    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, 28 January 2013

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

  • Peter Gallagher, 29 January 2013

    Nice icon set.

  • letour, 29 January 2013

    Very nice!

  • scott graham, 31 January 2013

    Really nice icon set.

  • Michelle, 31 January 2013

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

  • Viv, 04 February 2013

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes…

  • Tembo, 07 February 2013

    Awesome! Nice icon set!

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