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18 September 2012

Staying Legal and Fair

Yesterday I wrote about Pinterest.com - Today I'm introducing you to a site with a very similar name, but quite a different purpose: Photopin.com.  I read about it this morning on The Book Designer blog, and discovered I had bookmarked it sometime ago, but not used it.

"PhotoPin helps bloggers find photos for their blog and makes adding them to their post fast and easy." (link)

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I did my usual sample search for pictures of a cat. Here's a screen shot of only 3 of the screens of results.
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Mousing over a picture reveals two choices: you can click on "preview", or "get photo".
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When you click on "get photo", a window opens with a thumbnail of the photo and a link to the original photo's page on Flickr, a list of all the sizes available with the download link, and the html code needed for attribution.
photo credit: ucumari via photo pin cc

This is a great tool for anyone looking for images to use. The search results give the possibility to filter the images based on Creative Commons licensing, a must if you intend to use someone else’s images legally and fairly.  I've written before (here and here) about Creative Commons photos, and how to find and use them.

Photopin.com is a simple tool to use. The trick, of course, is imagining what word/keyword/tag to search for when looking for images to illustrate abstract ideas, because the results will also depend on how Flickr members chose to tag their photos.  Try using Photopin.com to search for [unity] or [responsibility].  To guide you, you will  need to have some broad design ideas for your whole project in your head, some idea of your audience, and  how you want the image to relate to the text or speech you will associate with it.
(For help in this area, I strongly recommend you follow Presentation Zen