nappy

Beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people

#5 Product of the DayAugust 30, 2017

nappy is a website dedicated to providing free, beautiful, high-res photography of black and brown people to creatives, startups, brands, and agencies. nappy makes it easy for companies to be purposeful about representation in their designs, presentations, and advertisements.

Features/bugs/roadmap:

nappy.co/features

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49 Reviews3.9/5
Update - we explain our name (below). Update #2 - Features, bugs, roadmap (below).. ----------- Hey, everyone! My name is Jacques and I'm one of the creators of nappy! For many of us who are in tech, media, or corporate America, images play a big role in our day-to-day. We’re constantly searching for and utilizing photos for presentations, UI mockups, display ads, etc. As a photographer and a UI/UX designer, I especially know this to be true. That's why I love and will always be a fan of platforms like @Unsplash and @Pexels— amazing photographers from all around the world gifting their photos to brands, small businesses, freelancers, etc. My team and I try to be very intentional about cultural representation in the work that we do at our mktg agency (http://boogie.co) and our influencer mgmt agency (http://shade.co). But when searching for things like 'coffee' or 'computers,’ it's always hard to find someone who looked like me in the search results. I drink coffee, I use computers, I play the guitar, I parkour, etc. Still, it's extremely difficult to find photos of people of color on many stock photography websites (free or not). We knew that we weren't the only ones who noticed the shortage of POC in stock photography; that's why we launched nappy. nappy is a resource for beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people available for absolutely free. Our hope is to make it easier for you to be intentional about diversity and representation in your work. I'm available all day for additional questions. Ps. You all have already shared so many ways we can improve on nappy and we're very thankful for that! Our developers will be reviewing and implementing updates and changes as your suggestions roll in. F.A.Q: 1. @ebrahimkhalil - Hi. This is an important idea ... I do not get the name at all. Why? A: In the African American community, the word 'nappy' refers to thick, coarse hair. It’s one of those words that has been used to describe black hair for ages, and many times it can have a negative connotation. My hair was called nappy all throughout JHS and HS and though it didn't make me feel great at the time, I now realize it wasn't personal. Somehow, we've been taught from a very young age that our hair, our skin, or we as humans weren't beautiful. So, we wanted to reclaim the word, and connect it to beautiful images of black and brown people. In other words, it's okay that our hair is nappy. That's the beauty of it. ------ Thank you for sharing all of your feature ideas and bugs with us. We've created a page you can use to follow along. www.nappy.co/features
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@jacqueshbastien Jacques — fantastic idea and execution. I really appreciate what you're doing here. Sorry to see the ignorance you're having to deal with, but you're handling it well. Bookmarked! 🙌
@jacqueshbastien Brilliant idea! Personally I think "nappy" hair is really cool and I'm totally jealous as I would love a fro! Not sure if you know that "nappy" is also what a diaper is called in British English.

Great concept, but I'm more an inclusive kinda guy. Don't believe in separate worlds for different colors.

Pros:

It's unique

Cons:

This would be unacceptable if it was a service with only white people

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It's sometimes difficult to find good photographies of black and brown people, and as a consequence, they are not represented as they should online. I always try to be careful to show diversity with the websites I design, but it can be challenging. This initiative is truly appreciated. Thank you! Also, do you think a partnership with mainstream platforms like Unsplash would be possible? This way, those beautiful pictures could be available to people who aren't looking for them specifically.
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@syswarren Julie this is an amazing idea, thanks for sharing. This is NOT a business to us nor will it ever be about profits. Our only goal is to get this out to as many people as possible in hopes of increasing representation of POC in media. A partnership like that would only help us get to our goal. (Hope you're listening, Unsplash 😀)
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Loved the idea, I hope you guys grow and include more scenarios. Will use this for sure!

Pros:

👏🏼 👏🏼 This service is necessary!

Cons:

Hey, there can be better names!

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@jacqueshbastien As a product designer for 10 years who's a minority Jacques this is the single most important offerings I have ever seen not just on PH but in the tech community as a whole, it is something I've been trying to advocate and have desired for all of these years! Man I could tell you some crazy stories man but I'm sure you have your own....actual depression working on projects because I can't even have representation of my FUCKIN self in my own freakin products man not just with clients. Hit me up anytime I'd love to see how I can help you and be apart of this in any way! This needs to be everywhere. Representation matters!
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@nicholassheriff appreciate you man! ✊🏾