In every good set of icons, no design is seen more commonly than the flat design, which is used on practically every app and site. And few shapes in flat design are more common than the circle. This being relatively easy to design and use, the combination of a flat and circle icon is instantly a winning formula in the world of web graphics. Naturally, everyone has picked up on this trend for the most well-informed aesthetic and practical reasons.
As a graphic designer, herein lies your salvation and your dilemma. If you are looking to get in with the trend but wanting to stand out, consider these PSD and vector icons for their unique possibilities.
It is easy to just go with the trend and pick the flashiest set of flat icons offered to you for free download or at negligible licensing costs. With designs like these, it is hard to go wrong even with a blunt one-size-fits-all approach.
In order to make the most of these offered sets, however, it is important to develop your own designs using the established standards as guidelines—especially since you can be sure the competition is grazing in the same free and almost-free resources as you are.
This is why these (and most) icon sets put up online are available in easily modifiable and scalable formats—PSD, EPS, and AI vectors.
The design you develop from them will, of course, depend on the specifics of your software. That said, every good icon set will follow some key principles, all of which are represented in these icon sets:
With these principles in mind, download the icon set closest to your needs and see how you can make them even better.
(Note: Some sets come with licensing restrictions; be sure to check before using in commercial projects.)
To cater to whatever your specific design needs may be, we have chosen icon sets that cover all the most common purposes—and then some.
You name it, it’s probably here or somewhere on Template.net’s icon set archives. (There are even some pretty good round icons for some great, nonconformist alternatives.) Feel free to make the most of it; what you see here is just to get you started.