Maximise Creativity Cost Effectively – FREE Stock Photography

In Web Design, It is important for designers to have the potential to maximise their creativity in a cost effective way, which means having maximum exposure to the FREE photo and graphic stock libraries available right now on the web. It’s just knowing where to find them that’s the quandary.

It’s too often that we find ourselves digging through the generic stock photography sites when all we really need is a bit of inspiration combined with a FREE photos from a no-strings-attached library to help guide that magic touch we look for in creating a website’s persona, theming banners, funky menus, finding the right smile portraying that happy customer for a testimonials page, merging photos when one shot doesn’t quite say it all. Again at the right price, FREE, and without a reference statement. Mmmmm.

If you know how to use photoshop, even basically, then you are going to have a dream run when visiting the following websites. sxc.hu is one of those FREE stock websites that provides free images that are basically a guided blank canvas, and combined decent resolutions, you should have no trouble knocking out something unique that hasn’t been downloaded <100 times and slapped on to the next steely website.

The next website i want to boast about is one that is almost a meta search, that trawls through some of your favourite image galleries, but with the predefined search setting “show me the photos that are free to use and alter!!”, I’m talking of course about Creative Commons and Free-use stock images. search.creativecommons.org searches your favourites like Google images and flickr and delivers stock photos with a good-to-go licence. Just a note that some creative commons licences specify you to actually reference the author, but with that said, a lot of the time, this isn’t the case, but do respect the authors wishes if so.

The final thing I want to mention as I did on a post on ExistsOnline.com, is the idea that was put forward to me by a reputable man at a web seminar. Developers and designers need to exercise their thumbs and help contribute to these libraries by taking snapshots of items and situations in everyday life and then putting them up on flickr under the creative commons licence. This would be a great thing for the Web Design community if we all took part. Whether you’ve got an iPhone, Android or something in-between, you’ve no doubt an excellent camera, and an app for easy uploads to flickr. Let’s build these libraries, it’s not hard, and I find taking photo’s to be a fun, perspective skewing, mind expanding and creative experience.

An excellent image I found in 2 seconds on flickr

 

Web designers. Making the world a better place.

Web designers and developers are changing the world and not just pixel-by-pixel. The role, which is perpetually defining itself, and in contrary to popular assumption, extends well beyond the practice of exercising the creative muscle, processing layouts, aligning and animating buttons and making sure everything works ok in Internet Explorer. A web designer should incorporate into his skill set, the qualities that make him a businessman, a correspondent, good researcher and excellent communicator. These days, imagine your web designer as a spandex-clad figure with piercing abs, harbouring a cape, a pair of D&G slim line glasses and a MacBook (or just a smart guy or gal who seems themselves this way).

As a web designer, your journey onto the information super highway should begin with integrity. Being a designer of integrity means you demand quality, you will settle for no less and you should try to hold off offering your services until you can meet this prerequisite or have others around you that can help you to do so. It is integrity, mixed with passion and a solution oriented mindset that materialises the visions felt and conveyed by the client, with integrity more specifically being the core process that ensures that the developer has invested in his ability to deliver.

It is important for the designer to consider that their contribution is part of a much larger scale – thinking in terms of making content to add value to the web where value can be derived by others, avoiding adding to the mass of clutter that already exists. That’s why a web designer should take responsibility to be conscientious of their work acknowledging that what they produce can potentially reach billions of people. A good web designer will recognise their responsibility to be an ambassador of good practice and quality information on the web.

In modern times, web design has become a more intricate task. Although it doesn’t necessarily require a cape and abs of steel to get the job done, it does however require commitment, patience and a thirst for knowledge for bettering ones self, their service and the quality of their offering. Complacency is disabling in the wonderful sphere of wwweb design and a personal investment into developing a core of integrity will help keep you grounded and on the straight and narrow to success with your work, production and ultimately success with your clients. At worktrainweb, we are devoted to good practice, delivering more than we promise and understanding that we can always do better.