Best Free Graphic And Icon Sets

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Having slick, professional looking graphic design is a huge part of what makes good web design stand out from the crowd. Ideally you would get these custom made for your website, but for many first-time site owners or small businesses the cost involved in commissioning design work can be a little bit steep. Fortunately there are some excellent resources out there that allow you to build a great looking design for free.

Icons

Icons are essential for social network connectivity, as well as being important signposts for things such as RSS, navigation and downloading.

Sociality – This icon set offered by DesignModo is a simple, high quality resource for adding nearly every social media network to your website. It utilises a clean style and doesn’t stray too far from the original logos, making it ultra-flexible and suitable for a wide range of website designs.

Social Media Set – If you want to make your social media icons into a call to action, this set from 365PSD is a simple way to do that, combining the basic network logos with a share button. These would be excellent for blogs or any website where spreading content is a main priority.

Vintage Social Media Icons – Not all websites are after a slick modern feel. These beautifully rendered vintage style icons will avoid a jarring contrast if your site design has a more retro or artistic look.

Vector Set – If you have a little Photoshop knowledge, you may want to try your own hand at icon design. This free vector pack offers logos from all the major networks in high resolution so that you can play around with textures, colours and styles as you please.

Graphics

You also need professional looking headers and art to flesh out your website and make it eye catching. Vectors are the easiest way to create customised graphics.

FreeVectorArchive – As stated, this is an archive full of free vector files for you to use and combine to suit your needs. They cover a variety of subject matter and range from silhouettes to fully rendered pieces.

OpenVectorStock – Like the archive this site offers a huge number of free vectors, with a focus on community made and shared content – in exchange for using other people’s resources, you’re encouraged to offer some in return.

Creating professional and attractive graphics needn’t cost you the earth. These free resources equip you with everything needed to beautify your website and encourage visitors to click and enjoy.

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Katie is a lover of words and art, born and raised in Christchurch. With a BA in English and Japanese, she’s happiest tapping away at her keyboard writing copy or articles, or else working on the latest illustration. To balance the creative side, Katie is also very motivated and a bit of a perfectionist, which helps with her SEO duties. Although her hobbies could probably be described as art, art and more art, she also enjoys long walks, good friends and travel.

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