A stunning and eye-catching icon is an asset to any web design, but icons used in Mobile Web Design become an essential part of the user interface.
What makes a mobile icon effective and stimulating is a large shape, unique visual style and the ability to communicate its intended use clearly, without requiring a lot of additional context. Free web elements, especially beautiful icon resources, can be found in nearly every designer’s toolbox.
Below are 17 stand-out and free icon resources you can add to your own toolbox to aid in designing brilliant mobile apps and websites. Each set is licensed under a Creative Commons license.
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What a better way to start off than with this incredible pack of over 750 free icons (48×48px) from Addicted to Coffee and Smashing Magazine. The set includes web application icons, user interface icons, e-commerce icons, general use icons, desktop icons, and more, provided to you in PNG and PSD formats.
This free icon set from productivedreams has 20 semi-transparent glossy icons, ideal for web app design.
Cutie is a pack of 20 high quality PNG icons from dryicons, available in five sizes. As a bonus, the AI source files are also included. The enchanting design and large size make this a great set for general web navigation.
This fantastic all-purpose set contains 105 icons in PNG format, designed to help you create your own unique set.
A totally unique set with 12 elegant high-quality perfect for designers who want to create a stunning mobile site to show off their own work.
This package includes an amazing assortment of iPhone/iPad icons for a total of 40 icons with 11 alternate styles.
PixeloPhelia1: 66 PNG icons
PixeloPhelia offers several sets of clean, stylish icons, with incredible usability range.
PixeloPhilia2: 44 PNG Icons
This set is absolutely perfect for mobile application design and contains 10 PNG icons in four sizes.
These vector based icons were created to aid in the design, development, implementation and promotion of multi-touch interfaces.
One of the most popular icon “frameworks” around, Token offers 128 simple and minimal icon designs, each available in dark and light variants. The pack is available in ICO and PNG, with a layered PSD and included tutorial for how to create your own matching additions.
Created by Joseph Wain. Glyphish is carefully optimized for iPhone & iPad apps, but they’re also perfect for Android or any mobile web application.
TWG Group built this stylish icon framework specifically for Retina display. Each icon is now available at 3 sizes.
This set includes a huge variety of handcrafted Android developer icons in 7 colors, created to enhance any application.
Here is another clean and elegant set of 30 free apple-inspired vector icons. The download contains both PNG and PSD resources.
The final icon set on our list has been carefully designed with pixel perfection for optimal display on both normal and high resolution iOS devices.
Created for iPhone and iPad apps, designers can easily adapt the vector resources within this icon pack to any mobile web application project.
Vail is a long-time writer, designer and copy editor with a vibrant background in corporate business writing, music journalism and internet media design. Since 1996, her articles and photography have been published in various music magazines, poetry compilations, and business publications. When she is not hard at work designing something, she loves writing for Wix.com, which has recently launched their mobile website builder.