graphicpush

Thoughts on branding, design, writing and life by Kevin Potts. Established 2003.

graphicPUSH Icons: Bigger, Faster, Stronger

The free icons page has become the most popular destination on graphicPUSH, despite its humble beginnings. I’ve added a few things that will benefit all you developer-types looking for some sweet, easy icon action.

It’s interesting how a small part of a website that was not designed to attract much traffic is by far the most heavily Googled and active page in the entire site. I speak, of course, about the free icon page, where hundreds of visitors daily arrive to find free web-ready icons. (A quick perusal through my logs shows that about 90% of my Google traffic searched for some string involving “icon.”)

To accomodate these visitors and to inform the locals around here, I’ve made a few tweaks and enhancements to that section.

  1. First, all four icon sets are now licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License, which basically means anyone can do anything with them, even edit and redistribute, as long as they abide by the same license. I constantly fielded questions by concerned downloaders … “Can I use these for a commercial project?” Yes. “Can I use them in a template?” Yes. “Can I edit, give away, mangle, eat and have naughty fantasies about them?” Yes. They are my small contribution to a better web.
  2. Second, I added one more icon to the blog icon pack. I have always struggled designing a satisfactory image for a permalink, but always liked the one for external links. So after some minor tweaking, I think I arrived at a nice design: permalink icon I hope it translates.
  3. Finally, a new tutorial regarding the blog icons. Users often ask why I do not offer colorized versions, but my intention has always been to provide a neutral motif that can be colorized easily in Photoshop. To that end, I drafted a short tutorial that details this process.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you can make good use of the art. Now back to your regularly scheduled graphicPUSH.

commentary + criticism

Chris

wrote the following on Monday June 27, 2005

if I decide to use these icons, what’s the best way to attribute the icons to you?

Kevin

wrote the following on Monday June 27, 2005

Something as minor as a commented-out link in the source is fine, similar to how authors of free scripts put their info. Another good example is Blix template for Wordpress, where a tiny link was placed in the footer.

PJ Brunet

wrote the following on Saturday July 2, 2005

My guess is that you are getting so much traffic there — because the Wordpress “Drupal” theme uses your icons and has you linked at the bottom. It’s a featured theme on Wordpress and looks really nice — thanks to your icons. That probably has your Google PR way up there.

PJ Brunet

wrote the following on Saturday July 2, 2005

One thing I don’t like about your comments—they translate hypens into some kind of signal to underline text… :(

Kevin

wrote the following on Sunday July 3, 2005

For the record, the comments use Textile formatting. For a hypen, use two dashes. Using a single dash creates the strike-though option. If you click the small ”?” that will give you clues to formatting. I have fixed your comment.

Sebastian Schmieg

wrote the following on Tuesday July 5, 2005

PJ, I guess you’re talking about Blix which Kevin has mentioned already in his comment above yours. Just for the record: it’s a theme for WordPress and it has nothing to do with Drupal.

PJ Brunet

wrote the following on Tuesday July 5, 2005

Oh my mistake! Yes it was Blix.