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Unsplash Blog - Medium

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Unsplash + Zoho Sites

Unsplash + Zoho Sites Make the website of your dreams, with ease.When it comes to expressing yourself these days — much of it happens online. Whether you’re making your political opinions known on Twitter or you’re sharing your favourite food recipes on a blog — our passions and interests are quickly spilling over into the digital world. And with that shift, it’s natural that more and more people are looking to carve out their own sliver of the internet and create a space online that reflects who they are and what they’re all about.Thankfully, Zoho Sites has found a way to help you build your unique online presence with ease. So start that blog or build that art portfolio. It’s all up to you. The Zoho Sites website builder is ready to give you the tools to build the website of your dreams.To make your website your own, Zoho Sites offers over 190 templated sections, which are essentially the building blocks to your website. You can drag and drop the sections you like, and customize them even further if you need to. Plus, you can go a step further and play around with the look and feel of your website with Zoho Sites Visual Editor, which lets you update colours, swap out fonts and more — all without touching a line of code.Find Unsplash photos in Zoho Sites website builderAnd now, you’ve got access to the entire Unsplash library right in Zoho Sites website builder, giving you the freedom to personalize your website with beautiful, inspiring images. With over 1 million breathtaking images to choose from — chances are you’ll find images you didn’t even know you needed for your next website.More on Unsplash Partnerships. This partnership with Zoho Sites is part of our continued mission to enable ...

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Unsplash + Chroma Stories

Unsplash + Chroma Stories You can now access the entire Unsplash Library right in Chroma Stories.Remember when the way you showed off your creativity on Instagram was limited to which filter you chose for your next post? Don’t know about you, but I was constantly debating between Aden and Valencia. Well now, as the Instagram experience has grown and evolved, we’ve shifted our focus from the feed to the story, swapping our scroll for the swipe as we hunt for fleeting moments of inspiration and entertainment.That inevitably has meant more control and choice when it comes to how to present your content. But if you’ve tried your hand at creating an inspiring story on Instagram alone, you know that the font choices, layout options and filters are fairly limited and can quickly leave you wanting more (sorry Instagram, but it’s true).Thankfully, Chroma Stories has created an app filled with custom themes, filters, backgrounds, animated stickers, and fonts — so you’ve got all the tools you’d ever need to create stunning and engaging stories. Instead of trying to create an inspiring story within creative constraints — Chroma Stories doesn’t limit your creativity, and allows you to create content that works for you.With Chroma Stories — choice is your friend, whether it’s the 50 fonts to take your pick from, or the hundreds of templates to get inspired by. Plus, you can even take your story to the next level with Chroma Stories’ Motion tool, making it easy to bring your story to life by adding motion to your photos.And now you can access the Unsplash Library in Chroma StoriesWhether you’re looking for a background image, or you’re in need of inspiring photos to use throughout your story — you can now access over 1 million beautiful images from ...

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How We Thought about CRMs

How We Thought about CRMs How We Thought About Using a CRM ToolPhoto by ROOM on UnsplashOnly a few months ago, I talked about how we used Trello as a CRM (customer relationship management) system for partnerships. Since then, we made the leap to use a specialized CRM as a secondary tool alongside Trello.At a start-up, things move quickly so we’re always looking for tools or ways that can improve how we operate and makes us more efficient. For example, my teammate Kirill has recently written about how the design team made the switch to Figma. For the Partnerships team, before we made any changes to our workflow, we had to take the time to understand our current processes, the constraints we faced, and the things that we would love to have.This process was daunting. It’s easy to get so used to doing things a certain way that you never explore whether or not there’s a better way out there. Even doing the research on CRMs was intimidating as a quick search on Capterra shows 656 options for you to look into.Two things became immediately apparent. One, we were doing a lot of manual and repetitive work that should be automated. Two, we kept saying how great it would be to have a company-wide contact directory. As Unsplash continues to grow, we’re building more and more relationships with people and platforms to make world-class images openly accessible. We needed a tool that helps us manage this.Our challengesUnsplash is a remote company, so we have a responsibility in over-communicating to provide as much context as possible for our teammates. However, as the number of partnerships grew, this ended up becoming a problem. In the image below, you’d see that Steph had ...

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Unsplash + Wix

Unsplash + Wix Make the website you’ve always wanted with Wix and Unsplash.Back in university, I was in this design class that asked us all to create an online portfolio of our creative projects from throughout the year. So I went ahead and bought my domain name, then signed up for a domain host — spending money and time each step of the way. After all that, it came down to actually coding the site from scratch. Let’s just say, after what seemed like endless hours staring at my screen trying to make sense of what was wrong with my HTML, I had nothing to show for it.Make the website you’ve always wanted, with WixWhich is all to say your own website doesn’t need to take up nearly as much time or money as it did for me. That’s where Wix comes in. Their platform enables anyone to create their own professional website and grow a unique online presence. You can sell online, take bookings, start a blog, build a portfolio and so much more. Plus, their platform comes with tons of features — from a professional logo maker and built-in SEO features, to mobile optimization.But I think what I love most about the Wix platform is the Wix Editor, because it works for everyone — whether this is your first dabble into creating a website, or whether you’re well versed in HTML & CSS. You can work with their 500 designer-made templates — or you can do your own thing and start from scratch. It’s up to you. Their drag and drop website builder allows endless customization of your website, so you can change anything you’d like — from video backgrounds, scroll effects and cutting edge animation.Add Unsplash images to your Wix websiteAnd now, you ...

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Unsplash + Made

Unsplash + Made You can pair a perfect Made template with photos from the Unsplash library.Although I don’t actually remember asking my phone to track my screen time, I started getting the notification a few months ago and it’s been both interesting and horrifying to be confronted with a breakdown of phone usage on a daily basis.My blissfully unaware self thought my screen time looked like this: 40% Instagram, 20% Whatsapp, 20% Podcasts, 10% Gmail, 10% Internet Browsing. In reality, looked a lot more like: 92% Instagram, 8% Everything else.One thing’s for sure — I can safely say my Instagram consumption skyrocketed when Instagram stories was introduced. And if you spend as much time on Instagram stories as me — you know that not all stories are created equal. Which is why Instasize have launched a new app called Made, so that we can finally ditch the dull Instagram templates. Their fully customizable stories are designed with creators in mind, and with 32 free templates to choose from — you’re able to curate your content your way. Gone are the days of limited font choice, boring backgrounds, and limited layout options. With Made, you can now create custom stories as creative as you are.And now, you can pair a perfect Made template with photos from the Unsplash library, right in the app. All you’ve got to do is find a template that works for you, plug in beautiful photos from the Unsplash library, and start sharing.Add Unsplash images to your Made StoriesOn Made’s grid, scroll through the template options to pick a template for your story.Click the + button in the template window to add an image.Toggle over to Unsplash at the top of your screen.Search for a specific keyword using the search bar.Select a photo to add ...

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Unsplash + PicMonkey

Unsplash + PicMonkey When it comes to branding your business, your blog, or your website — a lot of creative elements come into play. The fonts, the illustrations, the photography — just to name a few. These things can all work together to either elevate your message, or by contrast, can quickly distract from it.So the tools you use to create, edit, and share your message are pretty important. Which is why we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with PicMonkey. Their design tool is powerful yet easy to use, so that you have the freedom to actually be creative. Whether you’re editing photos, creating graphics for social media, or designing your own logo — PicMonkey’s also there to support you along the way with hundreds of templates, thousands of fonts, and endless inspiration and how-to tutorials.PicMonkey have also recently released new features that enable our ever-changing ways of working. Their collaboration tool lets you work with members of your team to create, modify and iterate on designs — saving you time and needless back-and-forth. Plus, they’ve even built a mobile editor so that you can create graphics on-the-go.Create visuals with beautiful imageryAnd to top it all off, you can now access the Unsplash library right in PicMonkey — making it easier to create with beautiful imagery. In a matter of seconds, you can search for and select the perfect image to incorporate into your next creative graphic.By integrating Unsplash’s library with PicMonkey, we’re connecting the creative communities of photographers, designers, makers and small businesses to do what they do best — inspire one another, create, and innovate.More on Unsplash Partnerships. This partnership with PicMonkey is part of our continued mission to enable creativity by making quality visuals openly accessible.1314 partners including Squarespace, Medium, Dropbox, Trello,Adobe,Google, Sketch, ...

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Named namespace imports

Named namespace imports Photo by chuttersnap on UnsplashIf you’re organising JavaScript/TypeScript code into modules, at some point you’re going to need to consider how you’re naming your imports and exports. At Unsplash, the issue we’ve found is that names either have too little information or too much—the former leads to naming conflicts and the latter leads to very long names.Namespace imports are designed to help with this, but they have several disadvantages when compared with named imports. This article introduces named namespace imports, a technique which we’ve adopted at Unsplash to combine (as the name suggests) the best of both namespace imports and named imports.Namespace importsImagine we have a module for our API which exports some functions corresponding to API endpoints:https://medium.com/media/63dfe0926fe9254d951659067a2d09b9/hrefhttps://medium.com/media/b764e6b81247e1e20909b05560c91479/hrefThe goodWe love namespace imports because they provide context. For example, instead of getUser(), which is ambiguous ("where are we getting a user from?"), we will see Api.getUser().(The alternative would be to prefix the name of each named export, but that’s tedious.)We were initially worried about whether tree shaking would still work with namespace imports, but it does!The badWe hate namespace imports because, when compared to named imports, the developer UX suffers:VS Code’s import suggestions only currently work with named and default exports. So if you type Api in a file where there is no import for it yet, you will have to write that import out by hand. That said, we remain hopeful that VS Code will improve on this.Similarly to default imports, each instance of a namespace import must have its own name—unlike named imports, these imports do not share a common name. This makes it difficult to enforce consistent naming. If we use VS Code's rename functionality on a namespace import, it will only update the ...

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Unsplash + Panda

Unsplash + Panda Bringing together the best of design and tech, the Unsplash library is now available to browse right in Panda.Your morning routine may look a lot like mine: Open your emails. Quickly switch over to Twitter. Check BBC News. Read the latest on Medium. Browse The Atlantic. Look through Instagram. And before you know it: it’s been 30 minutes, your coffee’s gone cold and the deadly combo of open tabs and unread emails are steadily growing in size.Now imagine that you could find everything you’re wanting to read in one place. Panda’s simplifying the way you stay on top of it all with their free news reader. Bringing together the best of the design and tech, you can stay up to date on the latest news without having to waste time jumping from site to site.Panda allows you to create a custom homepage for all of your favourite websites, at a glance. Whether you’re go-tos are Dribbble and Techcrunch or Reddit and The Verge — you can pick and choose the feeds that make sense to you.Plus, you can create the perfect personal browsing experience with the 9 different layouts they’ve designed to arrange your news. And you can save specific articles or inspiration to look at for later — so you don’t miss out on the latest.And Panda’s not just offering articles to read up on. Built with designers and coders in mind — they also offer a visual experience, which is where Unsplash comes in. You can now access the entire Unsplash library, right in Panda.Access the Unsplash library in PandaClick on Add feeds at the bottom of the lefthand sidebar.Type Unsplash into the search bar.Click the Add button to add Unsplash to your feeds.Browse Unsplash photos right in Panda, and click on any image ...

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Unsplash + Figma

Unsplash + Figma Bringing over 1 million images from Unsplash right into Figma 🖤We’re huge fans of Figma at Unsplash. Earlier this year, our team migrated over to Figma from Sketch for most of our designing needs — and we haven’t looked back since. We’re happy to say it has simplified our workflow, helped us collaborate between teams, and just generally made sense for us.Truth be told, while our love for Figma is unconditional, we did miss a few things about our ex. The ability to easily fill our canvas with beautiful images from Unsplash was one of them. As a result, we’d end up with mockups that looked liked like so:We do try to work with real data as much as possible. In our case, real data consists of actual images from Unsplash. So we know the frustration of having to manually download and insert images into Figma.While our need is very specific, turns out we weren’t alone…Figma plugins betaLuckily for us, in June, Figma introduced the Figma plugins beta — and called-out for anyone to apply to be among the first creators, as one of their first moves to open up their platform. They’ve even built their APIs with this idea in mind — making sure third parties can create plugins without fear that all of their hard work will break or malfunction whenever there’s a new update or feature introduced in Figma. To read all about Figma’s newest plugins, check out their blog post here.Proof of conceptAs soon as Figma’s plugin application went live, it didn’t take long for Liam Martens—a developer and Unsplash contributor—to reach out to me in our members Slack and demo an already working proof of concept using the Unsplash API.After playing with demo plugin locally, the ability to easily insert ...

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The Power of Photography on the Road to Recovery

The Power of Photography on the Road to Recovery The Unsplash Community is awesome, there’s something about being part of a culture of generosity and sharing that I find infectious. It’s not just about sharing images, it’s about people helping each other, sharing their experiences and knowledge.Everyone’s experience with Unsplash is personal. From why they contribute their images, to what the platform means to them. When Mitch reached out to ask if we would be interested in hearing the story of how he became an Unsplash contributor, little did we know what a powerful story it would be.Mitch has kindly given permission for his experience to be shared, and so in his own words, here is his story.Photos by K. Mitch Hodge — downloadI am not a photographer. I have never been particularly into photography. I would call myself a shutterbug. Let me explain:Back in 2006 I moved from Texas to Northern Ireland to pursue a doctorate in cognition and culture , basically the study of how and why the human brain produces recurrent cultural artefacts such as religion, politics, and art, at The Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen’s University Belfast. When I moved here, I was struck by the beauty of my new surroundings that one of my first purchases over here was a mid-priced digital camera with a whopping 4MP! I got one small enough that I could carry it around every where I went. I started taking pictures of everything that caught my eye, whether because of its interest, beauty, or both.Photos by K. Mitch Hodge — downloadAt first, I was regularly sharing my photos with friends and family back home via email and an old, now defunct site called “Ball of Dirt” which was a travel photo journaling site. Eventually, as my ...

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