Iconfinder has high quality requirements and we expect higher quality works from our contributors each time.
Iconfinder's quality standards
At Iconfinder, we appreciate uniqueness and personal style. Icons that are very basic and generic-looking might very often be rejected. This is because they don't have a recognisable style to make them unique or desirable to a customer. Good designers usually have a recognisable, signature style. Icon marketplaces are very competitive and are saturated with a lot of high-quality content as well as a lot of options for every conceivable icon. So, it is difficult to create something that stands out but that is really what it takes to be successful.
Here is a list of resources to help you improve the quality of your designs:
Five easy steps for better icon design
Google material design guidelines
Downloadable Icon & UI templates
Icons for user interfaces
Icons, symbols & pictograms - technical information
Free icon design guide
Drawing an icon set
Apart from high quality, we value:
- Meeting the upload specs: Read more about Icon sets, Supported file formats, Artboards, Sizes and Icon file templates.
- Business relevance: Icons sold on Iconfinder need to be appealing to customers, so it is good to think from the customer's perspective and consider the use cases for the icons. Read more about demand in the Icon Designer Reports.
- Uniqueness: Be original and do not copy other designers.
- Variety: Sets that have the same element repeated with small changes are not interesting from a search engine perspective. Read more about Variations.
- Consistency: Icons should meet the same design rules in order to form a set. They should all have consistent line widths, colours, corner shapes, spacing, etc. Read more about Icon sets and Consistency.