[design tip] Free to use high-quality photos = Unsplash

An uncomplicated site with gorgeous, downloadable high-res images… for free?

No strings attached, no attributions, no licensing credits — not even a shout out needed kind of free?

Indeed. Thanks to Creative Commons Zero and many talented artists, Unsplash has saved me in ordinate amounts of time hunting for affordable stock photos. On top of that, my nonprofit and artist clients are beyond appreciative of how far we can stretch their limited design budgets.

I’m all about artists getting their due and sensitive to the plight of folks expecting us (designers) to work for free, or “for the exposure”. So I’m simply awed at the sheer quality and range of these images– not to mention the generosity of these photographers’ contributions to public domain art.

Browse and enjoy > https://unsplash.com


From the Unsplash website:

Unsplash License

“All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.”


[quick link] Call for proposals for the 2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium @ FSU

Sharing a quick link from FSU >  2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium –  call for proposals

The Florida State University College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance announces the call for research and creative works proposals for the 2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium…. (taking place at) Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Florida on Martin Luther King Day, January 20th, 2014.

The Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium focuses on how the tools and inherent abilities within the areas of art and design can be used to address issues confronting less advantaged groups within our local communities, states, regions or world. The event is designed to generate synergy, spawn collaborative projects among participants, create new scholarly initiatives, and allow examination of the role that art and design plays in the telling of a broader social narrative.

Abstracts are solicited for presentations on topics that reflect how art and/or design, broadly interpreted, can be avenues of solution seeking for issues of social justice. Proposals are also welcome from fields other than art and design including medicine, social work, criminal justice, law, music, theatre and dance. Proposals are due by midnight, October 4th, 2013.