Not Your Average (Free!) High Resolution Photos

Not Your Average (Free!) High Resolution Photos

I’ve discovered a super-cool resource for graphics and web design! Often I have to develop graphics for a client and don’t want to use the generic stock images at a service such as iStockphoto. And, also often, my client just can’t fit paying for more resources into her budget. Times like these call for thinking outside of the box and exploring the web for alternatives like Unsplash. Unsplash has free-to-use, incredible, copyright-free photos taken by super-talented photographers from around the world. The 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. Ahhh… that’s the kind of license I love! Some of my recent favorites… The photo detail page gives you all the information about who took the photo, where and how the photo was taken. They are all high-resolution, crystal clear and large format – just wonderful. These are perfect for creating print brochures, posters, responsive website backgrounds, banner ads, and anything else you can think of! Check out...
How to Add Gorgeous Free Fonts to Your Site with Google Web Fonts

How to Add Gorgeous Free Fonts to Your Site with Google Web Fonts

If you’re building your site thinking you’re stuck using ONLY typical “web safe” fonts such as Arial, Helvetica or Times New Roman, please know you do have choices! And some very sexy choices too! Google is not only an amazing company (who wouldn’t want to work there?) but creates some fantastic free services for us besides Gmail. One service being Google Web Fonts. They offer a large selection of stylish fonts that you can easily embed into your site — 455 font sets. Then you can dress your content up without having to create images for those headers and titles. In the old days of web development, we had to create images for any titles, headers or banners that used a special, stylish font. The down-side of that is that images take longer to download and slow the whole site down. Embedding fonts makes your site super-fast and super-cool. Here’s how to do it: Go to Google Web Fonts: http://www.google.com/webfonts#HomePlace:home Click the “+” button next to the font(s) you’d like to use in your site. Next, click the black bar at the bottom of the window and copy the sample code (see screenshot): <link href="https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Baloo+Bhaina" rel="stylesheet"> Paste this code into the <head> tag of your website. Last step, copy the CSS code they give you. Example css code: font-family: 'Ledger', serif; Use that code in your sites stylesheet css targeting the tag you want to use the special font. For instance: h1 { font-family: 'Baloo Bhaina', cursive; } Now your “h1” titles will use this special font. That’s it! Seriously. Now you can design your site typography with some...