Nataly Birch September 8th, 2014

Abandon Skeuomorphism with these 30 Free Icon Sets in Flat Design

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Nataly Birch

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The modern way of emphasizing cleanliness, sharpness and objectivity in your designs is by trying to avoid all lavish stylistic choices such as textures, fake feeling of 3d dimension, illusory decorations, shiny/glossy effects and giving the flat style a shot. Being here not just since yesterday, it certainly becomes obvious that this trend not only has put down its roots but also has matured dramatically in a short period of time. The concept implies getting the most out of minimalism, harmoniously marrying Swiss style with a bright coloring and some interesting solutions (such as a long 5 o’clock shadow). It sticks to simple shapes, solid color backdrops, neat sharp typography, generous portions of whitespace, intuitive glyphs, gorgeous bright coloring in order to provide designs with an absolutely clean, crisp, brilliantly simple, properly-balanced and highly enticing look. Not only the large-scale artworks are able to gain considerable advantages from it, but basic GUI elements such as buttons, icons, and controls can benefit as well.

Want to get into this concept and populate your upcoming projects with streamlined graphics? Then start here, with our collection of free, fresh, flawlessly-executed vibrant flat style icons.

Flat Long Shadow Icons

flat-long-shadow
Creator: Ess Kay
License: Attribution Non-commercial.

20 Square Icons

square-icons
Creator: Pix3lize
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

40 Free Hexagonal Long Shadow Social Media Icons

hex-icons
Creator: Rohan Kapoor
License: Attribution Non-commercial.

36 Medical and Health Icons

medical-icons
Creator: graphicloads
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

100 Flat Long Shadow Icons Vol. 2

long-shadow-icons-vol2
Creator: graphicloads
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

28 Flat and Slim SEO Icons

seo-icons
Creator: graphicloads
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

Beautiful Flat Style Icon Set

flat-style-icons
Creator: cssauthor
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

Advertising Icons

business-icons
Creator: cssauthor
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

File Types Icons Set

file-types-icons
Creator: Oliver
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

Free Colorful Icons Set

free-icon-set
Creator: PixelKit
License: Free for personal and Commercial use.

Vehicle Vector Icons

vehicle-icons
Creator: Fenil Chauhan
License: Attribution Non-commercial.

Free Icon Package

Free-Icon-Package
Creator: drupalize.me
License: GNU General Public License.

Flat Icons with Long Shadow

flat-icons
Creator: AMR EMAM
License: Attribution Non-commercial.

Social Icons Collection 24 Style

social-icons
Creator: AMR EMAM
License: Attribution Non-commercial.

Web Design Icons

web-design-icons
Creator: daniel mcleay
License:  Declared as Free, no proper license given.

Flat Icons

green-flat-icons
Creator: graphberry
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

Weather Icons and Symbols

weather-icons
Creator: graphberry
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

64 Free Flat Android Settings Icons

flat-android-settings-icons
Creator: Ess Kay
License: Attribution Non-commercial.

Hexagonal Outline Icons

outline-hex-icons
Creator: designcrawl
License: Free for personal and commercial use.

Vector Office Icons

office-icons
Creator: designcrawl
License: Free for personal and commercial use.

40 Free E-Commerce Icons Set

ecommerce-icons
Creator: Ess Kay
License: Attribution Non-commercial.

Free iPad Mini UI and 20 Free Flat icons

flat-icons-for-ipad
Creator: Ess Kay
License: Attribution Non-commercial.

Camping Outdoor Icons

camping-outdoor-icons
Creator: Jason Kendall
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

Business Flat Icons

business-flat-icons
Creator: Yuri Lebedenko
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

Free Icons

round-flat-icons
Creator: Stephen Mark Baric
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

Vector Icon Set

vector-icon-set
Creator: Valentyn Khenkin
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

Flat Food Icons

food-icons
Creator: Dimitrios Pantazis
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

Free Set of Flat Super Heroes Busts

superhero-icons
Creator: Dimitrios Pantazis
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

Kinda “Flat” Icons

fake-flat-icons
Creator: Sam Mountain
License: Free for personal and commercial use.

Flat Design Free Icon Set

vector-icons
Creator: Vivien Bocquelet
License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.

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Nataly Birch

Nataly is an internet entrepreneur and an amateur web designer and developer from Sevastopol, Ukraine. She is running a blog for web designers and developers where you can find some inspirational and useful stuff. In her spare time she reads books, unveils the secrets of the world and plays volleyball. Visit her blog or follow her on twitter

6 comments

  1. Flat design is trending right now, I have always been a huge fan of the simple design so I hope its here to stay. Thanks for the share, these are really great! I won’t complain about any free icon sets that’s for sure. These will come in handy.

  2. Skeuomorphism refers to a design principle in which design cues are taken from the physical world.

    Heart = Favorite
    Phone = Call
    Camera = Photo
    Letter = Email
    Pencil = Compose

    Every icon pack on this page is an example of skeumorphic design. You must remove the metaphor of communicating in the digital world using real world examples. It has nothing to do with the texture or lack of drop shadow. This roundup embraces skeumorphism, it does not abandon it in the slightest.

  3. Why do designers who praise so much the “flat design” style insist on using this long shadow? What part of “flat” don’t they understand? Steve is absolutely right.

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