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Where are some good places to find free stock images?

Are there good central locations for icons / buttons / ui elements?

There are a number of great font databases online, good stock image sellers, and even a good number of blogs that point to good designs / themes / templates... but icons / ui elements?

Also, is there a standard of any kind that specifies what images / shapes should be in a complete set?


There's tons of them. Google will lead you to many.

Iconfactory is perhaps the most well known. But icon sets are a dime a dozen these days.

There's also some very nice open source sets. Blueprint.css, for instance, leverages the very nice Silk Sprites:


There are no standards for icons, but are common symbols that can be leveraged.

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  • yeah, I had seen icon factory... that site is impossible to navigate. On myfonts.com all I have to do is click on "latest" and I get like 100 fonts... boom. Its hard not to get an eyeful. Is there something I am missing on icon factory? – user554 Feb 7 '11 at 16:30
  • iconspedia.com - decent number of sets. Each category gives you 21 samples per page from that set. Spammy. Difficult to navigate. – user554 Feb 7 '11 at 19:57
  • iconshock.com - lots of 3d icons. You can see samples of all the sets on one page (thanks!). The icons are not really design elements for a webpage though... more like Wii game elements. – user554 Feb 7 '11 at 20:06
  • designfloat.com - not specific to icons... sort of digg for design. Great place to search – user554 Feb 7 '11 at 20:15
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    iconfinder.com - this is the place I was probably looking for in my question, but coupled with deviantart... you'll find what you need. Great usability. – user554 Feb 7 '11 at 20:44

Smashing Magazine has a bunch: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/tag/freebies/

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  • yeah... smashing magazine has a lot of good articles too. I am not looking for freebies, I am looking for the mother collection... like the site(s) where are the illustrators go to list their work. – user554 Feb 7 '11 at 16:32
  • @Sy if you're looking for the site where the illustrators go to list their work, then you're looking for dribbble.com – ghoppe Feb 8 '11 at 15:25

For ui elements you should check http://365psd.com

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