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Free Visio Icons from VSD Grafx

By stretch | Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 1:57 a.m. UTC

Some of you have noticed that I've started using new icons in my topology drawings lately. I recently discovered a wealth of impressive Visio shapes provided for free by the good folks at VSD Grafx, who do custom Visio shape development. They offer three identical sets of 110 generic network shapes (one set each in blue, green, and grey) of impressive quality. Here are just a handful.


These shapes are 100% vector images, meaning that they scale perfectly to any degree.

Although they aren't typically of use for topology drawings, VSD Grafx also offers stencil sets of true-to-life shapes of everything from desktop printers to a conference room complete with faceless attendees. The quality of these shapes is nothing short of amazing. Included below are just a few random samples.


The stencil sets are available at VisioCafe: just grab the full set .zip file to get all of them.

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September 2, 2010 at 2:53 a.m. UTC

I agree that the icons are very pretty, but for me there are a couple of (minor) problems:

1) They don't line up to the grid at 50%, 100% and 200% magnifications.

2) They don't have connection points built in.

Having said that, I may very well take some of them and modify them accordingly.

Thanks for the link -- I will keep an eye on VSD Grafx for any other good stuff!



September 2, 2010 at 3:17 a.m. UTC

Here's another useful site for Visio-related info: Visio Guy (www.visguy.com)

Shapes/stencils: http://www.visguy.com/visio-links/shapes

Drawings/templates: http://www.visguy.com/visio-links/shapes/templates-drawings

Once you've registered for a free account, there's heaps of stuff you can download -- all for free.

I've been using Visio since about the mid-90s, and whenever I think I'm getting quite advanced with my diagrams, I just have to look at some of the stuff this guy has done, and I soon realise that I've got a long way to go yet... ;-)



Vincent Vlk
September 3, 2010 at 8:05 a.m. UTC

Hi Jeremy,

thank you very much for this icons, will be useful in my master thesis :-) . I also say thanks for links provided by Rob.

Keep up this wonderful work guys !

Wish you best luck


September 3, 2010 at 10:59 a.m. UTC

Yeah, nice icons stretch ;) Thanks

September 3, 2010 at 2:48 p.m. UTC

I love these icons. I second the statement about Visio Guy, loads of good info there. Etherealmind also has some good Visio stuff for network layout, http://etherealmind.com/tag/visio/

Keep up the great work Stretch!

September 10, 2010 at 1:04 a.m. UTC

Since these are vector shapes, is there any possible way to use them in inkscape? It would be so cool to be able to use them in inkscape.


September 10, 2010 at 4:12 p.m. UTC

Nortel has some pretty nice 3d icons as well:


September 13, 2010 at 1:31 p.m. UTC

Very sweet. As I am eating, breathing & sheiting visio atm, I am really happy with the decent SVG icons. Still, I pick most from the net with Firefox and some google fu. These stencils are a welcome addition. Share more :)

September 30, 2010 at 6:57 a.m. UTC

Yea yea very useful

October 3, 2010 at 11:38 a.m. UTC

I love the blue ones, a little tiny but very well crafted.

October 4, 2010 at 1:59 p.m. UTC

@luismg: They're vector images; they scale to any size.

October 22, 2010 at 5:55 p.m. UTC

Very useful thanks!

Edson Soares
July 18, 2011 at 3:25 p.m. UTC

Excellent! Very useful!
Thank you a lot.

A guest
July 30, 2012 at 1:25 p.m. UTC

i love your site :)

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