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.
Flat Circle Icons
Vector Circle Icons
Circled Social Media Icons
Business Flat Circle Icons
Wedding Circle Icons
SEO and Marketing Circle Icons
A Smart Approach to Choosing the Perfect Icon Sets
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:
- Simplicity. In the interest of clarity and ease of navigation. This means refrain from gaudy pictures used as icons and as much as possible don’t pepper it with unnecessary details and text.
- Unique shape and right size. This serves instant recognition and understanding of its function.
- Careful color coding. Not too much and not too little. A stylishly spartan duotone or vivid, block pastels work well. Hints of shadowing and highlights are nice if you don’t overdo it.
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.)
Weather Circle Icons
Circle Fruit Icons
Office Circle Icons
People Circle Icons
Real Estate Circle Icons
Choosing the Perfect Icon Sets (contd.)
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.
- a set of 270+ flat circle icons featuring every social media app worth linking to,
- vector circle icons in a sleek minimalist gray duotone,
- flat circle icons for office, business, and software development,
- marketing and SEO circle icons,
- icons for real estate,
- icons for networking tools,
- icons for weather indicators, and
- even specialized icons for special occasions and themes (see Wedding Circle Icons and Circle Fruit Icons).
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.