The Function of Space


If you’ve been receiving our newsletters or following us on Facebook for a while, you might be wondering: Why do we use so many space backgrounds?

An easy answer could be that images of celestial bodies and formations in outer space are awe-inspiring and aesthetically pleasing. Why not use beautiful pictures of nebulas, planets, stars as background images?

But the main reason is that the Hubble Telescope has an incredible online image archive and all of the images have relaxed copyright permissions. Their images can be downloaded and freely used — so long are you are not creating a product intended for sale with the images.

From the Hubble website:

“Material credited to STScI on this site was created, authored, and/or prepared for NASA under Contract NAS5-26555. Unless otherwise specifically stated, no claim to copyright is being asserted by STScI and it may be freely used as in the public domain in accordance with NASA’s contract.”

You can simply go to their website, select an image and download a high-quality copy — they even have different file sizes and formats available to easily download. Check it out for yourself here. You’ll see a hyperlink to their copyright notice below the download options.

The STSci (Space Telescope Science Institute) wants their image archive to be used, and we’re pretty sure they’d be smitten with the way that we’ve been modifying their images for our own use. They might even say that our media is out of this world.

Interstellar images are a hallmark our of visual style, and it’s been that way for years — long before any of our current employees worked at the AMS Bike Co-op. However, current staff have kept up the tradition.

Want to learn more? You can read more information about copyright laws in Canada here.