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August 17, 2015 / carlispina

Find Icons For All Your Projects On The Noun Project

Whether you are designing a website or a sign, icons are a common design feature and one that can be difficult to find or design on your own. The Noun Project is an excellent source for finding practically any need. This site collects icons from any designer who wishes to participate and offers them for free use, as long as you are willing to credit the creator. All of the icons I have looked at are offered under a Creative Commons license, which is clearly indicated on the page where you download the icon. If you aren’t able to credit the creator in your project, you can also opt to pay $1.99 per icon or $9.99 per month to use the icons without credit. The icons, which are simple black and white images, are available for download as both PNG and SVG files. Each icon is also tagged, which means that in addition to searching for icons you can use the tags to find similar options. Even if you don’t download an icon, you can share a link to it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest with just a couple of clicks. If you want to think about an icon for a while, you can also add it to one of your “kits,” or collections, with a click. Mac users can install The Noun Project’s Mac app to use this tool directly from their desktop.

If you are a designer, you can also upload your own icons to The Noun Project to share them with a wider audience and potentially earn royalties. The process of uploading your icons is very simple and The Noun Project provides a detailed Creator’s Handbook that answers almost any question designers could have. Overall, whether you are an icon creator or you just need icons as design elements for other projects, The Noun Project is a great resource. You can watch a video about The Noun Project below.

Special thanks to @kimtairi whose tweet introduced me to this resource!

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