Images, layout and design do more than make your presentations and blog posts look better. They can help you emphasize a point, conjure a feeling or emotion, get a complex idea across, help you resonate with your reader/audience and so much more.
There was a really good presentation on Slideshare recently about Simple Design (I have embedded it below). We shared it around the office and then talked about a few of our favorite places to find images for our blog posts and webinars.
Here is a short list of what we came up with and why we like them:
- Flickr – An old standby, Flickr has a large collection of photos and a decent Advanced Search option. Using the Advanced Search, you can find Creative Commons licensed photos that you can use.
- Creative Commons Search – Speaking of Creative Commons, they have their own image search service. It is easy to use and has a large selection of photos.
- Photo Pin – Photo pin also pulls from the Flickr API to find Creative Commons licensed images but the interface is a little easier to use. Two things I like is that one of the ways to rank the images is by ‘interestingness’ and they provide the HTML for your photo attribution.
- Google Image Search – Google Image Search also has some great advanced search options. You can search for particular sizes, colors, phrases and usage rights. As much as I like the bells and whistles, I have a hard time actually finding an unlicensed photo that I can use for commercial use. I still like to check it out every once in awhile though.
- Pixabay – This one is new to me but we have been testing it out. Pixabay is a site offering photos without copyrights that do not need attribution. There is no obligation to have an account either. Users who want to submit their photos need to log in and waive their right to the photos that they upload.
Hopefully with a few options you can really spruce up your presentations and blog posts! Did we miss one? Do you have a photo search tool that you like to use? Let us know.