60 Totally Free Design Resources for Non-Designers. Creating engaging visual content doesn’t have to require a financial investment.
Sure, at one time graphic designers needed expensive software and even more costly images to craft a winning visual campaign. But thanks to a host of free online resources, anyone can design high-quality visual stories with ease. Of course, navigating the sea of online images and editing tools is easier said than done. Some require membership, others charge royalty fees, some require advance permission and others charge for high-definition. Fortunately, we’ve scoured the Web for the most complete, the easiest to use and the most innovative resources to aid even the most amateur designer in crafting stunning visual content. Free photos for education. Watch PBS Online. Free Educational Videos for K-12 Students. Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
FlickrStorm. Wikimedia Commons. 31 Sites with Free Music for Videos. As you’ll have seen from the Creative Commons license type descriptions, there are a number of licenses only available for non-commercial use.
So how do you know whether your project is commercial or non-commercial? Creative Commons’ own definition of commercial use is as follows: “…in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation.” Their guidelines on what constitutes non-commercial state that the following users are non-commercial: “(a) an Individual (b) a Nonprofit educational institution/library, (c) a Nonprofit organization as defined under US or equivalent law , (d) A commercial copy shop, ISP, search engine, content aggregator, blog aggregator site or similar service provider who, in the course of providing a service at the direction of the allowable NC user, may exercise a right licensed under the Creative Commons license.”
BUT …it’s not always as simple as that. Creative Commons Media. Public Domain Review. Pixabay - Free Images. Freesound.org. A Collection of Free Media Resources. This post attempts to list my top favorite free sites for royalty-free images, music, and videos for creative projects.
Since 2000 I have been teaching university students how to design for print, the web, and the screen. One of the very first things we go over is that it’s always best to use your OWN original photos, drawings, music, and videos that you created yourself. Of course, when you need something really specific (say a close up photo of a lion’s mouth or the rings of Saturn) you can’t always get what you need on your own without also putting yourself in grave danger. Space helmet anyone? No need to get mauled by a lion trying to take that close-up That’s where royalty-free and public domain goodies come in! The list below is not at all an exhaustive one, but it will get you started right away with some of my very favorite sites tried and tested by myself and my students over the years with much success. Photos For Class - The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class!
Virtual field trips : PBS LearningMedia. Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine. Stock Photos You Can Use For Free. It can be insanely hard to find high quality, high-res free stock photos for personal and commercial use.
A growing number of websites have amazing photos you can use for your work. Some of them cost money. Not everybody can afford those high quality photos. Fortunately most of these sites have images you can use for free. I’ve curated a list of awesome sites that have great stock images you can use for free. Most of the photos you will find on these sites are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
15 of the Best Open Source Image Sites on the Web. Recently, a teacher we know put together a concise and effective PowerPoint presentation which was well received.
The only thing was that when the students inquired where the photos came from, the teacher said he searched for them using Google. The students replied, “You mean you stole them!” Some of the images still prominently displayed the watermark from iStock Photo. It looks like open source image sites weren’t a consideration here! Trust me, you don’t want to be in this position, especially if you are trying to teach the 21st Century Fluencies of Global Digital Citizenship.
The lines have become foggy as the Internet blurs the lines of fair use copyright issues. Resources for Copyright: Google So let’s address the giant in the room: Google. When you pull up Google’s main page, you’ll see at the top left something that resembles this: Click “Images.” Go to the bottom right which shows Privacy, Terms, and Settings.
Britannica ImageQuest. Binumi.com. Google Advanced Image Search. Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.