Dieter Petereit December 26th, 2017

Free: The IconBros Have Over 700 Vector Icons for You

Icons are some of those design elements that you can’t have enough of. You should grasp the extensive collection of the IconBros.

Quickly Growing Collection of Free Icons in the Vector Format

This collection already contains over 700 pictograms, and you can watch it grow. The grid on the landing page always shows the newest symbols, and also includes information on when they were added. While writing this article, new icons were added every couple of hours.

Excerpt From the Icon Repertoire. (Screenshot: Noupe)

The IconBros’ design style is indigenous, which is why the pictograms are suitable for the daily bread and butter business. If you’re looking for something flamboyant, the IconBros are not who you’re looking for.

This down-to-earthiness is what I like the most, as the icons are not inappropriately striking in design. Since there’s a vector version in the SVG format for every icon, I could make changes, such as altering the line width, or the coloration of individual areas, afterward.

Aside from the ready-to-use pictograms, you also get the raw material, which is not the norm for free offers. Most of the time, they are limited to the distribution of PNG formats in different resolutions.

Liberal License and a Set of Premium Icons

The license is liberal. It allows for the usage in personal, and commercial projects, such as client commissions. The IconBros don’t even ask the users to mention or otherwise attribute them. It doesn’t get more generous than that.

If you want to support the illustrators, this can easily be done by purchasing some or all of their 25 premium icons. After the purchase, the same license applies. Each icon costs between one and two USD.

Somewhat Inconvenient Individual Access. (Screenshot: Noupe)

Handling over 700 free icons is a bit tedious. While the free text search function allows for flexible finding, you can only download one icon at a time. You choose one symbol from the grid, click it, go to the icon’s detail page, and select the download as an SVG or PNG file. If you want both formats, you have to click both buttons. This is a complex process if you want to compile a topically coherent set.

Free Icon Font for Registered Users

The fact that IconBros works with user accounts is convenient. It’s entirely optional but comes with the advantage that you can label icons as favorites, making them easily accessible via the menu item Favorites, and preventing them from drowning in the grid of hundreds of pictograms.

Excerpt From the Icon Font. (Screenshot: Noupe)

Additionally, registered users also gain access to the IconBros icon font called Linear Basic. It contains 130 icons geared to each other. It is distributed as a ready-to-use Zip with all required components, including the actual font as EOT, TTF, SVG, and WOFF.

Dieter Petereit

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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