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Design Resources: Icons, Maps, & Photography

We use icons, images & photography all over the place within user interface, web and software design. Since we seem to spend a fair amount of time searching for them, I decided to put up a blog that keeps track of what we find. Any of the crew is welcome to add to this – in fact please do.

Please make sure you check the terms of use before using any of the resources you find for commercial distribution.

Icon Repositories

Deviant Art – for icons select customization/icons from the browse drop down.


Icon Archive


Stock Images

Stock Xchange – 100% free stock images & a decent selection

IStockPhoto – royalty free $1-10 stock images and videos


National Atlas

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection

Forums & Other Lists

List of Copyright Friendly & Public Domain Images, coutesy of the Springfield Highschool Library

Pixel 2 Life