We’re huge fans of Figma at Unsplash. Earlier this year, our team migrated over to Figma from Sketch for most of our designing needs — and we haven’t looked back since. We’re happy to say it has simplified our workflow, helped us collaborate between teams, and just generally made sense for us.
Truth be told, while our love for Figma is unconditional, we did miss a few things about our ex. The ability to easily fill our canvas with beautiful images from Unsplash was one of them. As a result, we’d end up with mockups that looked liked like so:
There was a time when life was simple: I was a college student with an “extended trial” version of Photoshop and Illustrator—all you needed to get started in web/graphic design. Throw in Notepad++ if you dabbled in code.
How things have changed. Until recently, we’ve juggled multiple subscriptions to handle our team’s product design and development stack: Creative Cloud, Sketch, Abstract, Marvel (at some point we also had InVision and Redpen), Dropbox, Trello, GitHub and Slack just to name a few. All amazing companies/services that make our work life, to an extent, a little easier.
As a result, having an…
It’s not uncommon for photos on Unsplash to get remixed into beautiful art— though I’d never imagine my own room to get this kind of treatment.
With the help of Google’s Reverse Image Search, I was able to find the unthinkable. The following happened in the span of a few months after publishing the original photo.
On December 31 2016 at around 3pm, I was reminded by Charles Deluvio that I had until midnight to push an update (no matter how small) to my personal website — a tradition that I’ve been keeping up with these past few years. It’s my way to look back, reflect on the year and challenge myself to put something up online in time for the new year. This time I ended up screen recording the whole 5-hour process: from design to development.
During one of our Make Days, Charles and I thought it would be cool to make a Google Chrome extension for Unsplash. The idea was simple: every time you’d open a new tab, you’d see a random hi-res photo from Unsplash’s collection of 30,000+ (at the time) photos. Not only it would make your new tabs beautiful, but it would also give more exposure to the photographers who have contributed their photos on Unsplash. Bonus: you could directly download the photos to your computer.
Here’s how it went down:
Once we were done and it was…
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