Unsplash: Beautiful, Free, Unrestricted-Use Images
I should spend more time talking to designers. An excellent designer I’m working with on a few projects noticed me Googling for a sample image to put into a new site design, and told me about Unsplash. It’s a major step up.
Unsplash is a huge repository of free-to-use images. Where it’s a bit unique is that the images are beautiful. The name “unsplash” presumably comes from these images’ suitableness as splash page backgrounds. They’re also ideal for landing pages, or for homepage hero images.
One other lovely element of Unsplash are the crystal-clear “do-whatever-you-want” licensing terms. If you’re fuzzy on the nuances of free image licensing—reuse with or without attribution, reuse with our without modification, what “Creative Commons” means, and so on—then you’ll find Unsplash’s guidelines refreshingly simple:
All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.