If you're in need of some stock art (opens in new tab) or perhaps a bit of visual inspiration for a mood board (opens in new tab), the latest thing from Creative Commons ought to be just what you're looking for.
The new CC Search has just come out of beta with a major redesign and faster, more relevant search. It features over 300 million images sourced from multiple collections, so whatever kind of imagery you're after, you should be able to find exactly the right thing with just the sort of CC licence you need.
Developed by the Creative Commons engineering team, plus a community of volunteer developers, the updated CC Search gets its images from 19 collections. It includes works from museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (opens in new tab) and the Cleveland Museum of Art (opens in new tab), as well as posts from Flickr (opens in new tab) and the cream of Behance (opens in new tab) and DeviantArt (opens in new tab). And if 2D artwork's just a little too flat for you there's also a set of 3D designs from Thingiverse, ready to fire at your 3D printer.
Alongside the bigger collection and faster search, the team at Creative Commons has also been busy improving the general user experience of its search site. There's now a cleaner homepage with better navigation and filters, and Creative Commons has streamlined the attribution process for any images you want to use, with rich text and HTML versions of the attribution text for each version, ready to copy and paste onto your page.
It's a great way to find images, no matter what sort of thing you're looking for, and Creative Commons has big plans for its search going forward. It says that it intends to continue to increase the number of items in its library, bringing in work from collections such as Europeana and Wikimedia Commons. It also plans to index other CC-licensed works in its collection, such as open textbooks and audio, later in the year.
Ultimately Creative Commons aims to provide access to all 1.4 billion works in the commons, but this is a pretty good start, all told. You can check out CC Search for yourself here (opens in new tab).