Oliver’s Earbuzz: Our Top Summer Tracks

When we’re not meeting with our lovely clients or heads down in heavy thinking, our headphones are almost constantly buzzing with new tunes. This summer, we thought we’d compile a handful of the top tracks we’ve been listening to on repeat.

What music are you obsessed with right now? Send us your top tracks in the comments below. 

Design Nerds Rejoice for the New Google Fonts

 

Google Fonts has always had a collection of fonts for designers, marketers and typography enthusiasts to easily access; a clunky, less-than-optimal site acting as their home. Now, with a brand new design overhaul, the site just got way more functional, interactive, and easy on the eyes.

With a sleek new layout that displays fonts in a pretty and dynamic grid, automatic resizing, and seemingly endless options to peruse, tweak and test out (around 800+ fonts to choose from to be more precise), Google’s simplified it all.

Some features we’re excited to use:

  • Test out new font styles, and easily compare them side-by-side with others.
  • Filter fonts by categories like Serif and Monospace, or by language like Arabic and Latin.
  • Flip through both trending and popular fonts, and try varying degrees of thickness, slant and more.

What do you think of the brand new typographer’s arsenal? We’d love to hear your thoughts! 

The Best Sites for Free Stock Photos

 

Photography is an integral part of marketing and design. Unfortunately for us marketers, good stock photos don’t always come cheap; and, if you settle for cheap photos, the chances that your product or service will also look cheap by association grow immensely. On the other hand, the price of popular paid stock photo sites is enough to make any startup squirm.

What’s a brand / marketing team to do?

Over the last few years, I’ve discovered several sites online that provide access to some pretty amazing, versatile stock photos — minus the hassle or hefty membership fees. Tapping into these free stock photo websites is a great way to cut down on design cost, while still keeping up appearances.

1. Pexels

One of my most frequently visited websites, Pexels, offers up access to over 10,000 amazing images with the power of other stock photo sites (Unsplash, Gratisography, Little Visuals and more). All the existing photos are well-tagged for simple searchability, and because it accesses a community of photographers from other sites, it has one of the most powerful royalty-free image-based search engines out there. No attribution required.

2. Unsplash

Unsplash is perfect for finding vibrant, diverse imagery for all sorts of use cases. Unsplash releases 10 photos every 10 days, released under the creative commons public domain license (so obviously, I visit it a lot). Consisting of everything from beautiful landscapes to creatively captured lifestyle pictures, scrolling through the high-res gallery pages feels like a break from the hustle, rather than a marketing must-have. No attribution required.

3. Picjumbo

With a cool tone and wide range of high-resolution photos, Picjumbo is another personal favorite. Its well-tagged categories — like business, fashion, technology and people — make it easy to find exactly what’s required. Need some fantastic food or restaurant shots? Technology or startup-related photos? Quality holiday imagery? This website is absolutely worth your while. No attribution required.

4. Picography

Picography is another great, search-friendly website for finding visually interesting photography. Though far more simple than the others, it consistently has well-shot photos to download for any piece of rainy day content. With a gallery of random shots offered by a team of professional photographers around the world, it’s home to nature shots, architectural close-ups, travel shots and more. No attribution required.

Have you stumbled across any mind-blowing websites for high quality, free stock photos? Give them a shout down below in the comments!


About Image Licenses

Many of the photographs from these websites are free from copyright restrictions. What does this mean? You can tweak, copy, distribute these works in whatever way you please, without asking permission. However, some photos may still require attribution – be sure to check each website for specific details!

Stigmas & Satire: Girls Who Can (Definitely) Code

 

In an industry so incredibly dominated by men, programming (and technology in general, really) has been a constant struggle for women to thrive in. This is, of course, due to the fact that there are still unspoken negative connotations associated with females who code.

“Everyday women are faced with negative bias for being women and women in technology. We feel that in addition to teaching girls to code, we need to change culture.” – Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO of Girls Who Code

As a company of women who have all experienced the gender gap in the tech industry in some shape or form, this new campaign from Girls Who Code got to us (in the best way). The nonprofit took just about every absurd stigma or stereotype associated with female programmers to shine a light on the insanity of it all.

It’s deadpan. It’s sarcastic. It’s got a message we’re completely behind.

So… why can’t girls code?

How much do you love this campaign? Let us know in the comments below.