The Best Icon Sets for Minimal Style Web Design

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With so many free icon sets available now, sometimes it makes more sense to not spend countless hours designing and creating your own. However, it’s important that you do find the right style of icons to match your design. In the case of minimal web design, it’s all about clean layouts, little use of color, and few design elements. This means that when icons are required, they should posses the same minimal design qualities. Here are some of the best icon sets for this type of design style.

Mono Icons

icons

Pictodeck

icons

The Webdesigner Sketchup Icons

icons

Free Vector Icons

icons

Pictoico

icons

Token

icons

Glyphish (130 Icons)

icons

BrightMix

icons

BrightMix

icons

Pixelated

icons

Two Tone Icons

icons

Mini Icons

icons

BackToPixel

icons

Iconic

icons

Kostenlose Icons

icons

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

51 Comments

  1. Brendan Wenzel
    January 21, 2010

    Thank you so much for the consistent list of resources. You make finding things super easy.

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  2. Morne Oosthuizen
    January 21, 2010

    Thanks. These lists are always great. Like Brendan said: “Makes finding things really easy!”

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  3. ronald
    January 21, 2010

    this site is the best site where you can found the most unique icon… this is it!!! i truly, truly found it!!

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  4. neer
    January 21, 2010

    nice small icons i like it

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  5. Benjamin Alijagić
    January 21, 2010

    Wow! That’s great collection. Thanks!

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  6. Benny
    January 21, 2010

    Wonderful! Exactly what I was looking for, at the perfect timing. Thanks for this collection.

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  7. blythe
    January 21, 2010

    I totally agree with minimal design qualities when it comes to icons and overall site design. These examples of icon sets are great. Checkout some more insight on icon usage within website design if you are interested!
    http://www.microarts.com/culture/branding-insights/2009/10/making-your-web-icons-usable.php/?s=bl

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  8. Mike
    January 21, 2010

    Thanks for the links to the icons. I might need some of these for my next project!

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  9. Tom Ross
    January 21, 2010

    Thanks, I’ll definitely try to integrate these into an upcoming theme.

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  10. Jordan Walker
    January 21, 2010

    Great compilation, thanks for putting it together.

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  11. Mushroom Digital
    January 21, 2010

    The fourth set look perfect for our website’s redesign which we are currently still in the planning stage for. Very resourceful, cheers

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  12. Mark
    January 21, 2010

    What a brilliant resource, thanks for sharing!

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  13. BigM75
    January 21, 2010

    the icons on the list are great and are not so great, i love the vector icons in grey

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  14. Francis
    January 21, 2010

    Wow. Pretty much any style of icon you could ever need. I still think it’s a good exercise for designers to take a stab at doing their own. Good learning experience.

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  15. Anita
    January 21, 2010

    Thanks! These classy minimal icons aren’t easy to find.

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  16. Joe
    January 21, 2010

    Great resource, thanks! Love the indented letterpress style icons.

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  17. Matthew Heidenreich
    January 21, 2010

    very useful list! thanks for this.

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  18. mheidzir
    January 22, 2010

    Hello there!

    I want to say thank you for this post.
    Ive been searching up & down for minimalist icon.

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  19. GKauten Consulting
    January 22, 2010

    Since I am primarily a web developer and rarely would ever call myself an actual designer, but WDL has been an integral part of keeping a well rounded life between the two!

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  20. Noel Wiggins
    January 22, 2010

    Excellent collection! I particularly like Free Vector Icons with its de-bossed effect and the pixel one definitely communicates the “utilities” (those important navigational elements that you just can’t remove to make your site cleaner, less cluttered and minimalistic)

    Thanks and Regards

    Noel for Nopun.com
    a professional graphic design studio

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  21. Paul
    January 22, 2010

    Great list. I can’t even choose which set to use first :]

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  22. Inside the Webb
    January 22, 2010

    Minimal web design is usually the best way to go. Streamlined user interface, no questionable buttons or actions, and everything just seems much smoother and easier to use from a UI standpoint.

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  23. Damon
    January 22, 2010

    So minimalist design equals black and white??

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  24. ilya
    January 23, 2010

    Yes! This is what I looking for. My Biggest Thanks to author!

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  25. Ondrej Lechan
    January 23, 2010

    Very nice collection and inspiration for next works

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  26. Nick Parsons
    January 24, 2010

    These are perfect – I was just looking for icons exactly like these but was having trouble tracking them down. Good job, I’ve bookmarked this post and will definitely be coming back!

    I agree that minimalist design is great – and icons like these can add a such an irrestible touch of simple style without being too flashy.

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  27. Alexander
    January 26, 2010

    you’re missing http://helveticons.ch/
    the set is not free, but very nicely done ;)

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  28. Lars Tong Strömberg
    January 26, 2010

    Great collection! Lot´s of good sets for a minimal design and yes, the choice of icons very important for overall look and feel.

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  29. Jo
    January 26, 2010

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  30. Another
    January 26, 2010

    Wow, ANOTHER fantastic list of icons that we already saw hundreds of times. I will spend six more hours choosing the right one for my next project!

    And yes, can’t wait for ANOTHER fantastic roundup!

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  31. Kuldeep Daftary
    January 28, 2010

    Thanks :)

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  32. Bernie
    February 11, 2010

    Hey by any chance do you know where the Iphone Interface icon set is? It use to be here? Thanks

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  33. FLiTz
    February 21, 2010

    wow. you really did a great list. thanks

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  34. Dimi
    February 22, 2010

    Just what I needed, thanks!!

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  35. cssclassic
    February 27, 2010

    Nice posting, Excellent one

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  36. Ionut Popa
    March 9, 2010

    Nice roundup, thanks for the effort, it’s a bookmark!

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  37. Robert O
    March 11, 2010

    I am extremely grateful for this. The true spirit of sharing!

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  38. Torbjoern Karlevid
    March 19, 2010

    My Twitter post “OK, I know I said it before I never post this links. But this icons are sooo cool. Darn! Amazing!”

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  39. Danieldev
    March 29, 2010

    Hello,
    Great set of icons just what I was looking for.

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  40. Alex icon designer
    April 14, 2010

    Great collection. You can add my free (CC-NC licensed) 244 black or white mono color icon set (made for Gentleface custom icons design. Icons are optimized for 16×16 pixel size and available in 16×16, 32×32 and 48×48 pixel sizes. Perfect for wireframes, toolbars or iPhone/iPad apps.

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  41. imp-ressions
    April 16, 2010

    Great stuff. Bookmarked!

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  42. télé 3d
    April 20, 2010

    thanks ! love this minimalist way !!!

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  44. Urviho
    July 30, 2010

    Nice collection :) Thank you

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  46. Holger Kruse
    September 9, 2010

    i love minimalistic designs!
    thanks for getting some inspiration :)

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  48. Marko
    August 8, 2011

    Wow, thx for sharing :)

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  49. Nikola Cvrtnjak
    August 13, 2011

    Very useful icons. I’m a big fan of minimalism. Anyway I looked at other posts on this website and i think I’ll subscribe on RSS ;). Tnx

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  50. Dutch icon designer
    September 4, 2011

    Minimalism in icon design is great and I believe it is much more harder to create an interesting form when you are not allowed to use fancy gradients, colors, shiners and such. Check out dutchicon.com to see what I mean.

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  51. Kumu
    September 22, 2012

    Thank you so much for sharing these sets. I was missing an icon for a set i didn’t know the name of. But took me shorter than i thought it would finding the right one. All i did was searching for “minimal icons” in google and there you were :) Thanks again!!!

    Reply

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