Dev Depot: Symb.ly — Free Icon Downloads

Stephen Yagielowicz

Calling itself the largest collection of mono icons and symbols designed especially for mobile apps, wireframes and web design, Symbly (www.symb.ly) offers a range of free (and accessible) icon downloads, as well as premium packs of vector versions of its icons for designers seeking to add a fresh, contemporary look to their projects.

Upfront is the Symbly Lite Font, a selection of 70 classic icons in a single web font, which provides an easy entry point for designers and other users that are seeking a simple solution to graphical embellishment.

While free online graphics libraries are not hard to find, the more options that designers have available, the better off they are.

Need to do some wireframing to illustrate a proof of concept? The Wireframe Pack contains a selection of 50 traditional web elements including radio buttons and check boxes, plus arrow, loading icons and other useful icons.

Symbly also offers four free “General Pack” collections, containing 50 icons each — with themes such as a diverse set of general web-based icons, including shopping, tools, settings, browser, Internet and hardware icons; a package of icons such as ribbons and badges that can be used as small icons or large components, with a wide range of social themed and communication icons; another collection contains a general mix of icons with a focus on sports, games and nature, and also has a wide range of weather themed icons; while the final General Pack offers icons for media player controls and sound options, with a range of hardware icons including an SD card, PC, laptop and camera, plus coffee, cupcakes, carrots and other items — sure, they may not all be truly useful on a porn site, but there’s always a viable context for everything…

For those seeking a greater selection of social media icons and logos than are offered in the General Packs, Symbly Social includes 50 graphics targeting blogging platforms and video sharing sites, plus bookmarking, social news, design and other networks.

A free collection of 100 Foursquare-inspired Gamification Badges helps designers to ride the latest development trend — and are equally suited to those who just like brightly colored icons with a touch-screen friendly fanciful flair.

While free online graphics libraries are not hard to find, coming up with the right look can often be challenging, so the more options that designers have available, the better off they are — check out Symbly to see if its look and feel suits your developmental needs.

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