A picture tells a thousand words: Top 3, free image tools

Attractive, distinctive and compelling imagery can really make your storytelling stand out. Here are our top tools to add to your storytelling arsenal.

  • Unsplash: Our go-to image bank for beautiful and diverse stock photography. It’s free, all you need to do is credit the photographer.
  • Canva: A freemium, intuitive graphic design platform, perfect for when you need a quick fix for social media graphics or presentations. All the power of photoshop without the need for a design degree!


  • The Noun Project: a website that aggregates and catalogues symbols that are created and uploaded by graphic designers around the world. Find any icon to suit your needs, for free.


Another to add to the list…

Really nice, rights-free collection of illustrations here. All themed around social justice issues and free to use “for anyone on a mission”.

All the illustrations are published under an open license and are free to use and adapt non-commercially.

Find them all (and hundreds more) at:


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… and another! Found by queen of research @Rosie.

Here at Stronger Stories we often discuss the limited visual vocabulary surrounding cleangrowth solutions, this resource is definitely one to bookmark if you work within the clean growth sector.

Through ‘Visualizing Climate Change: An Open Call for Photography’, TED Countdown is partnering with Climate Visuals to build a new robust, accessible collection of evidence-based photos that document the reality of climate change around the world.

Another library that I’ve recently found, and love using is Nappy - which provides beautifully diverse stock imagery for free!

Nappy makes it easy for organisations to be purposeful about representation in their designs, presentations, and advertisements. :camera: :sparkles:

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