Where can you get free stock photos?

I LOVE UNSPLASH to the nth degree! Their  photos are my wallpaper on every computer I own. I get a new photo in each new tab I open in Google Chrome and I use them in my web assignments and I even used on for the header image on this blog.

Unsplash Chrome App

I noticed that I didn’t add any links to free stock photos on my Helpful Web Links Page. I could only think of unsplash,  yet I know I’ve used others in the distant past. I found this blog post from pin in Pintrest named 21+ Free Stock Photos, by A Problem Like Maria. After checking it out to see if it was legit, I’m going to share a few with you here.

She has curated this list and has even updated it. If you’re looking for a site that provides free stock images, you might find it a site that suits your needs. Although free is good, if you find the perfect photo and you have to drop a few bucks for it, it’s totally worth it.

Helpful Links in Web Dev

In the past 10 weeks, I’ve come across so much great content on web development that I needed a good place to keep it straight (at least the links). Here are several good ones that came across my path this semester. I’ll be sure to add more as  I discover more. If you can suggest any, leave it in the comments.

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF ANY SCHOOL, SITE, PRODUCT, JUST AN FYI. ALWAYS PERFORM YOUR OWN RESEARCH INTO EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE INTERNET

Blogs & Such

Technical Specifications

Text Editors & IDEs

Code Repositories

Validators

Online Learning

Boot Camps

Code Playgrounds

Podcasts

Newsletters

Follow on Twitter

Content Management Systems

Typography & Colors

Browsers & Browser Info

Preprocessors

  • I’ve never used one (yet)

Frameworks

  • I’ve never used one (yet)

My last web design class was a blast

Last night I finished up my Web 3 class at the University of the Arts Continuing Studies program. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve learned. My instructor was a really cool dude and showed us how to make web sites responsive. After 10 weeks, I can honestly say, I LEARNED SOMETHING! I mean really learned something. Web 2 was not a growth experience for me and for the part I played in that, I own it. This class and the way in which the content was delivered was a bit better to grasp. We didn’t use tools that we should have been using like CodePen or JsFiddle or even a good code editor like Sublime Text or Brackets, but it worked. The student hosting site never worked for any instructor that tried to use it,  but we made it through. My assignments went from a 2 column layout with media queries and a background no one liked to a site with responsive navigation and images, grid system, flexbox, php headers and footers and things looking like I knew what I was doing.

I’d gotten to class early last night and the instructor was rearing to go. He reviewed my site and we went over how it had progressed and how I’d managed to get every assignment topic into the site. As I sat back and basked in the glow of achievement, I knew this was only the beginning. In order to be ready for the next course, introduction to programming, I’ll need to teach myself JavaScript and jQuery in order to be at the technical level I should be by the beginning of the semester.

introtoprogramming

I purchased a few books that I heard (either in a podcast or on a blog) were great text to have around if you’re trying to program in JavaScript; Eloquent JavaScript & JavaScript: The Good Parts.

jsbooks

I also have subscriptions to Pluralsight, Lynda.com and Safari Books Online (job perks), so I know I’ll have the resources to dive in over the summer and consume as much as I can. So as  my life returns to normal after a whirlwind 10 weeks, I’m looking forward to what Web Design can show me next.

Here is my project site for the class.