Creative Commons "Zero" Media Resources for Instructors, Students, and Designers

Because I believe artists and designers deserve credit where credit is due, the featured image above is Dismantled Vintage Camera from NegativeSpace. While citation and attribution are not required for 99% of what's on this list, I suggest this: if you like it, cite it.

Because I believe artists and designers deserve credit where credit is due, the featured image above is Dismantled Vintage Camera from NegativeSpace. While citation and attribution are not required for 99% of what's on this list, I suggest this: if you like it, cite it.

Initially, I put this list together for my students, but then thought I'd share it with a (ahem) wider audience. This list is far from perfect and my brief descriptions are little more than initial feelings in some cases, but it's a start. I will be updating this list as time goes on and plan on including collections like Vector Images and Web Design Assets, as well. If you know of any great resources that should be included just shoot me a tweet and let me know. Enjoy!

Images

  • Pond5 images: includes public domain; all royalty-free
  • Unsplash: "free (do whatever you want) high-res photos"
  • Morguefile: a classic
  • Raumrot: high quality photos, all free, CC-BY license (must give credit)
  • Pixabay: another classic, free to use anywhere. CC0 license - alter, do whatever, no credit necessary
  • StockSnap.io: abstract and people, mostly. CC0
  • Negative Space: another CC0 license site. Nice stuff but fairly small collection. Good organization.
  • FoodiesFeed: precisely what it sounds like... stock footage of food or cooking-related implements
  • Life of Pix: again, small, but good quality
  • Realistic Shots: very modern blog-y but great. Instagram-y but high quality and not square.
  • Free Nature Stock: exactly what it sounds like: nature stock photos to use however you like.
  • Magdeline: "hand-picked photos for your inspiration]"
  • Public Domain Archive: pretty nice photos and all public domain (CC0, basically)
  • freeimages.red: more CC0 license photos. Nice ones, actually.

Audio

Video

  • Pond5: also does videos
  • Pond5: believe it or not, also does Adobe After Effects! Pretty cool.
  • Pixabay: another classic, free to use anywhere. CC0 license - alter, do whatever, no credit necessary
  • Pexels: totally free stock videos
  • Vimeo: specifically, videos tagged with the CC0 license. Good for cutting, I think.
  • Distill: lots of great royalty-free videos for emphasis/ambiance more than anything. Very cool.
  • Mazwai: very similar to Distill but more emphasis on subject rather than ambiance

Game resources

  • OpenGameArt: royalty-free gaming resources like sprites, effects, artwork, even sound effects
  • Game Art 2D: royalty free 2D game assets
  • Kenney: (nearly all CC0) game assets
  • Ludic Arts: free, royalty-free game art like tilesets, sprites, GUI elements and icons