Where I Find Free Images, Icons And Fonts

Copyright is complicated. Embrace reuse and remix instead.


Last week I mentioned how I use PowerPoint to create simple videos, reading maps, digital magazines and flyers. This week I thought I would share with you my top three sites for images, icons and fonts.

I prefer to use public domain images, icons and fonts as there is a wealth of freaking awesome content being made available. Having said that, it is not always possible to find suitable public domain content and therefore my backup is to use content licensed for reuse with Creative Commons’ licences.

Top 3 Image Sites

  1. Pixabay – huge collection of public domain stock-like images. Searching can be a bit hit and miss.
  2. Flickr (no known copyright restrictions) – ginormous variety of images and illustrations. I set the filter to ‘no known copyright restrictions’. Warning: It is very easy to get lost down the rabbit hole.
  3. Unsplash – beautiful nature inspired public domain images.

Top 3 Icon Sites

  1. Freepik – take care when searching as both free and non-free icons appear in search results.
  2. Iconmnstr – A small collection that is free to use without attribution.
  3. Flaticon – I like the packs as it is easy to download icons of a similar style and theme. They do require attribution though.

Top 3 Font Sites

  1. 1001Fonts – has the ability to select only fonts that are free for commercial use, and you can preview your text to see what it looks like in a particular font before downloading it.
  2. FontSquirrel – similar to 1001Fonts, but not as easy to search.
  3. Free fonts on Behance – some fonts require you to pay for them with a tweet or email address before they can be downloaded.

What are your go-to sites for images, icons and fonts?


  1. Briar Milligan says:

    For images I go to morgueFile – http://morguefile.com/archive and Free Images – http://www.freeimages.com/. Lots of images, completely free, and less risk of someone sharing an image they didn’t actually produce (which can happen on Flickr).

    I also love the JISC guide to internet for image searching – some great tips to make the process as simple as possible, with lots of links. See http://www.vtstutorials.ac.uk/tutorial/imagesearching/

    1. Sally says:

      The JISC guide looks worthwhile spending some time on. Thanks for the links Briar.

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