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By Thanussha Priyah, 12 May 2020
Image via Marvel
Being at home during the coronavirus pandemic can leave you with extra time on your hands. This free time could mean a boost in productivity or a chance to slow down and recharge your energy.
Whatever your choice may be, DesignTAXI has compiled a lineup of creative resources to get you going this week. You can dabble in some art projects with open-source illustrations, pick up photography through basic courses, or take a break during your day to meditate and enjoy some Marvel comics.
If you’d like to check out more free stuff, head on over here for last week’s roundup.
Marvel comic books
Image via Marvel
Marvel is once again offering free classic comics on the Marvel Unlimited app for iOS and Android. Previously, the company unveiled free comics for Avengers Vs. X-Men, Thanos Wins By Donny Cates, X-Men Milestones: Dark Phoenix Saga and more.
This month’s free comics include Amazing Spider-Man Masterworks, Captain American: Winter In America, Venom by Donny Cates: Rex, Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates and more. The new set will be available for free until 2 June 2020.
Photography Life’s premium courses
Photography website Photography Life has released its premium photography courses for free on YouTube. The classes are normally priced at around US$150 each. Now, the website’s founder Nasim Mansurov has made them available for free in a bid to help out the community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Photography Life’s YouTube channel will feature three videos that were filmed in a studio and around the world, starting from Level 1: Photography Basics. Head on over here to watch more.
Image via Headspace
The Headspace app offers mindfulness practices to help you relax during this tough period. There are over hundreds of guided meditations on topics such as managing stress, anxiety, sleep, productivity, exercise, and physical health.
As May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health has teamed up with Headspace to provide residents with free access to the premium app. However, the basic tool is still free if you reside elsewhere via Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.
Printable yoga poses guide
Body+Soul magazine has released a printable e-book with six essential yoga sequences to help you practice yoga at home. Take a short break during the day to relax your mind and body with the guided poses. Head on over here to download the free e-book.
Artistic zoom backdrops
Image via Niio Art
Niio art has unveiled a selection of more than 40 virtual backgrounds to use during your video conferences. The collection includes moving art backdrops and office meeting setups.
The artistic backdrops feature works from established artists, including Quayola’s Camouflage series of abstract landscape paintings and Joe Hamilton’s Cézanne Unfixed, offering an immersive experience of paintings within the museum. Download the backdrops right here.
British Vogue’s June 2020 issue
British Vogue magazine is offering a free digital copy of its June 2020 issue, fronted by legendary actress Dame Judi Dench. Browse through the pages for some inspiration, or for some entertainment. The free digital edition was made available thanks to BMW.
To get your hands on the copy, download the British Vogue app on your device from the Play Store or the App Store. Then, tap on the red “download” box to get your free magazine.
Car makers’ coloring sheets
Image via Volkswagen
Automakers have provided coloring sheets for both kids and adults alike to spend time coloring as a way to destress during the current climate. Several companies have offered sketches of their iconic cars to print out and color at home.
You can now download coloring sheets by: Audi, BMW; Castrol; Chevrolet; Ford; Lexus; Mercedes-Benz; Nissan, Porsche; Rivian; and Volkswagen.
It’s Nice That and Dropbox Paper have launched Indoors Zine, which comprises contributions from 20 illustrators, photographers and designers. The zine allows readers to delve into creative content to keep themselves entertained at home in hopes to spread positivity and optimism amid the virus crisis. Download it at the bottom of the page right here.
Image via Lukasz Adam
Illustrator Lukasz Adam has released an extensive list of free open-source SVG graphics depicting characters, tools, storefronts, avatars, and more. The graphics are free to use for personal or commercial purposes. Head on over here to check out some of the illustrations available. Adam also has a YouTube channel where you can learn more about illustration and web design.
Hopeful COVID-19 posters for your windows
Hewlett-Packard’s latest Windows Of Hope campaign features hopeful COVID-19 posters designed by over 30 reputable artists, including OBEY founder Shepard Fairey, Israeli artist Noma Bar, American graphic designer Aaron Draplin and more.
The company encourages people to place these posters on their windows to stand in solidarity against the COVID-19 crisis. Check out some of the poster designs over here.
Check here regularly for more freebies like these.
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