Saturday, March 30, 2013

Where to get icons for your app?

So, you need some icons for use in your app.

If you just need icons for the application bar buttons, then start with the ones that come with the SDK. You'll find them at "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v8.0\Icons\Dark\" and these are also the ones that Blend can add for you.

If you need more then there are a numberof free resources available:

Metro Studio 2 (By SyncFusion)

It's a downloadable app that comes with 1700 FREE icon templates that can be sized and modified as required. You can see all the icons at

The Noun Project

Loads and loads of icons that you can search online. Download what you want in vector formats. Most are creative commons licensed and/or very cheap to license. (I've never paid more than $1.99 for an icon there.)

Modern UI Icons

A collection of almost 1000 free icons. They're availabel sized for the application bar and in vector formats.


1300+ icons thast are free to use in personal and commercial projects. They're also helpfully categorized to make it easy to find what you're after.

There are also other sources and you could always make your own or commission an icon if you needed something special.

As an extrs tip, it's usually best, as far as possible, to get all your icons for an app from the same source. This helps make it look like they all belong together. If you have small/subtle differences between icons (e.g. differing line weights or the radius on rounded corners) then some people will spot this and will think it looks bad. Remember, the little details matter.

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