I was recently introduced to the concept of Pinterest for Designers, by our Corporate office. As a work-related tool? Pinterest? I thought Pinterest was something my daughter spent hours of her day researching new hair styles, DIY craft ideas and yummy recipes. I have since discovered that there is a creative, inspiring world on Pinterest. And yes, signs too.
According to the Pinterest site, it “is a place to discover ideas for all your projects and interests, hand-picked by people like you”.. And it “is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas”. In many ways, the bookmarks (or “pins”) create an on-line photo album that you can show-and-share with others, or save to use as a reference tool on future projects. The word “collage” is a frequent description applied to Pinterest.
I wondered what other Designers thought of this so I reached out to a few.
Bob Jensen, Environmental Graphic Designer, Worker Creative, told me “I am definitely using it more and more for inspiration and idea starters. It’s a great tool. All about using the right key words and tags”. Bob is correct about key words and tags – they are what make it possible to search and discover.
Justin Molloy, Director of Education at SEGD, shared that “As a professional its a great resource to see inspiration and projects you may not have seen… providing context for what you are showcasing is key”. The context is typically a link to another site that provides background information about the image, the project it is a part of, how the design was developed, etc… Justin explained this is important to understand the process of the design.
Pinterest appears to be a great place to research design ideas and inspiration, and catalog specific images into a cohesive collection. That collection (Board) can then be shared as part of a specific project; used in a collaborative brainstorming effort; or it can become a reference holding area for future use. Being able to share this Board with others would be a great tool, but it appears this can only be done with other Pinterest users.
What are your thoughts? I’ve definitely found some inspiration. Please leave a comment below, and share a Pinner or a board that inspired you.
And check out our ASI Corporate Pinterest site at https://www.pinterest.com/asisignage/