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How We Show It: Bodies

Thin. White. Blemish-free. The representation of body image in society is an air-brushed fantasy. Let’s take a healthy look at reality. Image via Jacob Lund. As a teenager, I was obsessed with models. It was the 1990s, so supermodels like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Linda Evangelista were having their moment and I […]

Photographer Lynsey Weatherspoon on Queerness, Blackness, and Safety

Lynsey Weatherspoon opens up about finding safety in a creative community and forging a path forward in the photography industry. In 1970, the United States celebrated the first-ever Black History Month. It’s meant to both celebrate the culture and contributions of African-Americans and remind people of the massive amount of work that still needs accomplishing. […]

How We Show It: Black Hair

How does one woman’s relationship with her hair track the trends—and what does it show about America’s complicated history? Years after I started wearing box braids, years after I experimented with wearing a weave, years after I went natural, I looked in the bathroom mirror one night and admired my twist-out. I softly pulled at […]

Celebrating Black History Month Through Visual Images and Footage

In honor of Black History Month, we’re shining a spotlight on these Black and African American individuals through stunning stock images. February marks Black History Month, a month of tribute to the accomplishments, contributions, and moments of the African American community. To celebrate, Shutterstock is bringing visuals that celebrate this community to the forefront through […]

Tips on Writing a Memorable Grant Proposal to Fund Your Art

Getting funding for your art doesn’t have to be daunting. Here are some tips on writing a grant proposal to get you started. The idea of writing a grant proposal can be daunting, especially when it comes to writing one that has the potential to help you reach a goal in your creative career. We’re […]

The Most Anticipated Graphic Design Styles for 2021

From Cyberpunk to Pop Art to Neumorphism, let’s take a look at what’s sure to be hot in the world of graphic design for 2021. As 2020 heralded the turn of a new decade, the world decided to take a long, hard, look at itself, re-examining everything from racism via the Black Lives Matter movement […]

7 Legendary Activists to Celebrate on World AIDS Day

Today, we celebrate a handful of movers and shakers, past and present, who courageously led the charge against AIDS. In 1988, World AIDS Day became the first-ever global health day. Every year since, December 1st has been a time to raise awareness, show support for those living with HIV, and commemorate those who’ve died from […]

Why Documenting Complex Subjects is Important to Stock Photography

Photography is a powerful tool to document the world around us. Discover the importance of tackling tricky subjects for stock, and why photographic storytelling is so vital to show a representative world. The extraordinary access we have to cameras is changing how we visually communicate. We are living at an unprecedented time in history in […]

Diversity in Design: Building Connections Through Inclusion

Hiring designers from an array of backgrounds keeps your content fresh and relevant to new audiences. Learn more on how diversity benefits creative design. When working with designers, once you’ve found a freelancer or agency you’re comfortable with, it’s easy to dig in with them and no matter what the brief, return to them for […]

Six Unforgettable “Firsts” in U.S. Presidential Election History: 1970-2020

While we still have a long way to go, the past decades have brought significant changes, and those changes reach all the way to the Oval Office. In 2018, the United States made history in more ways than one. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress, while Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became […]