12 days of ZUM!

12 days of ZUM!

As 2015 wraps up we thought it would be fun to pass on some of the most interesting, useful, inspiring, and just plain crazy things we’ve come across this year. So welcome to day one of “Twelve Days of ZUM!”

To kick things off, let’s talk about images.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and they are right. Putting the right image on a slide can both tell your story and evoke a level of emotional response hard to achieve with text alone.

There are times when only a professional, clearly licensed, image will do.  And in those cases companies like iStockphoto, Shutterstock, Corbis, and Getty are ready to help.  There is no shortage of free offerings either. But as you might imagine, finding high quality free images with clear licensing terms is a bit harder.

With that in mind, here are just a few of the better ones we’ve found:


1unsplaWhen looking for a free image, Unsplash is usually my first stop.  Their catalog is small, but well curated. They also go by the “Creative Commons Zero” (CC0) license which, as you might guess, means you can do almost  whatever you want with them (More details on CC0 here).





pexelPexels also offers a great catalog of CC0 images. Following a freemium model, but with a light touch, their search results also return a separate list of “sponsored photos” you can buy on shutterstock.



lihnegratisPhotographer Ryan McGuire offers an eclectic mix of his high-resolution pictures. You can use them under what he calls a “Creative Coffee License” — which is the same as the CC0 license but with a paypal account where you can shoot him a few bucks as thanks.

Enjoy these sites, and stay tuned for Day 2 in our Twelve Days of ZUM. Next we look at apps that can improve your writing, almost like magic!

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team Zum