Diversify your visuals
Inclusivity begins with imagery
This post focuses on resources for expanding the diversity of the images you use. If you have additional resources to suggest, please leave a comment so others can benefit from your additional suggestions. Thanks for reading & sharing.
Black Illustrations has hundreds of diverse images you can use in your publishing projects. If you don’t have a budget for illustrations, this set of images is free for personal or commercial use. Use them in a newsletter or blog, on sites, in presentations, or anywhere else.
The Centre for Aging Better has a collection of photos showing people over 50 in age-positive ways, as well as people with different physical abilities. There are also icons. Thanks to Howard Lake’s Graphic Traffic News for originally pointing me to this resource.
Customize your visuals
Blush hosts a growing library of free illustrations you can customize. Adjust the number of characters in a scene, alter poses, or change the background. It’s then easy to download the adapted visuals.
Free Illustrations links out to a variety of collections of diverse illustrations. That’s where I found this collection of 10 diverse 3d avatars from avatarz, which has a fuller suite of 8,000 available for $49.
Diversify your image sources
Openverse lets you search more than 500 million Creative Commons-licensed photos. Formerly Search.CreativeCommons.org, it’s now an open-source project hosted by Wordpress.
Black Women Photographers highlights the work of black women and non-binary photographers. This month the site is hosting a print sale to support its independent artists. #HireBlackWomenPhotographers
Nappy.co features free images that have collectively been downloaded a million times.
Here’s how Nappy.co’s founders describe their rationale for launching the site:
“…If you were to type in the word ‘coffee’ on Unsplash [ed note: Unsplash hosts one of the most popular collections of free images online], you’d rarely see a cup of coffee being held by black or brown hands. It’s the same result if you type in terms like ‘computer’ or ‘travel.’ You may find an image or two but they’re pretty rare. But black and brown people drink coffee too, we use computers, and we certainly love traveling.
And that’s why we launched nappy; to provide beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people to startups, brands, agencies, and everyone else. Nappy makes it easy for companies to be purposeful about representation in their designs, presentations, and advertisements…”
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I’m aiming to expand my own image awareness and use so please leave a comment if you have other resources to recommend.