‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ may be a pretty cliché statement, but there’s still truth in it. First impressions have a lasting impact on how we feel about anything, whether it’s a book, a design, or even a person.
That’s why we’re asking for your help in picking the title and cover of the upcoming book.
From the very start of this project we’ve been calling it The Unsplash Book, and while the name stuck with us, we’re well aware that we might be a bit biased!
So we came up with some other options and put together a short survey so you can have your say.
Too often we see the successes of other creatives and focus on how they work, thinking that if we follow their steps—wake up when they wake up, use their tools, drink the same brand of coffee—our work will be the same.
We act as if how you live and how you work are unconnected, when really, separating the two is like trying to pull apart a ball of rubber bands—they’re so intertwined that you can’t get one without at least part of the other.
Seasoned creatives know that you are what you create.
Unsplash started because of a simple problem: we had extra photos left over from a photoshoot and didn’t want them to go to waste.
We thought if there was a chance someone else could use these photos for their own project, then why not share them? We never expected that 2.5 years later we’d be serving up hundreds of millions of photos a month and prepping for our first book.
When we posted those first few photos, we had to make a decision about which license to put them under. They were technically ‘our’ photos, and we had to let people know that they could use them for whatever they wanted without fear of a copyright lawyer knocking at their door.
As makers, we’re constantly bombarded with distractions and urgent tasks taking us away from doing the work we truly value. Even right now I feel the pull of my inbox, Slack, and Twitter telling me to stop what I’m doing and check in.
When our time is so valuable, and our attention so easily taken away, why do we make the time to create?
This is a question that’s plagued us all as creators, and something that we didn’t want to ignore in the Unsplash Book.
When we first started talking about the Unsplash Book, a quote from one of our favorite artists and writers kept coming up over and over again:
“Draw the art you want to see, make the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read” – Austin Kleon
We knew we wanted to take this philosophy and run with it, yet because Unsplash is such an open project, we didn’t know whose book we were going to make.
This is your book. You. The Unsplash community. And we want you to feel like this book is as much yours as it is ours.