A country flag image could be used for any number of reasons; perhaps the most popular method would be on a website which allows the user to either select the language of their choice or to access the site-version dedicated to their country. The problem is that there are many, many sites where you can download and use the national flag image of your choice, but the most of these are pretty bland and basic and don’t really offer the graphical expectations of modern web design. We want better.
An excellent substitute for flag images would be to use one of the, sadly so few, professionally designed country flag icon-sets that are freely available. And that is what we have found for you today:
This icon set, from
Smashing Magazine, is a huge collection of icons that focus on web design: web application icons, user interface icons, e-commerce icons,blog icons, smiley icons, button icons, keyboard icons and, of course, national flags icons. There are a total of 94 flag icons in the set.
There 247 icons in the “Flags” icon set from famfamfam, in .gif and .png formats and all representing most countries in the world as small pixel icons.
172 Final Flag Icons
There are 172 icons in this set, they render at 256×256px, 128×128px, 64×64px, 48×48px, 32×32px, 24×24px and 16×16 pixels and are .png, .ico and .icns formats.
Flags of the World Icons
Flags of the World is a collection of 18x12px icons in .gif format.
Country Flag Icons for iPhone Maps
The Country Flag Icons for the iPhone come in .png, .ico and .icns formats. Available sizes include: 256×256px, 128×128px, 64×64px, 48×48px, 32×32px and 16×16px. There are 230 country icons in the set.
These basic (and slightly old-fashioned) world flag icons were created many years ago when the standard color and size formats recommended were 16 colors and 16X16 respectively. They come in .ico format and are sized at 16x16px.
flag.redpixart.com is a flag icon search engine that has high quaility icons of more than 190 countries. Each icon has serval file formats, such as PNG, GIF and JPG, and you can browse and download them for either Windows, Macintosh or Linux Systems.
50 iPhone Styled Flag Buttons
This is a Photoshop and Illustrator development kit for creating flag buttons. After downloading the kit, to create a new button, just duplicate a layer group and paste the new flag into the respective layer. It’s as simple as that.