Oh, Pinterest. The site where you can learn to DIY that rustic side table you saw at Hobby Lobby and plan your wedding simultaneously! What a time to be alive.
But seriously, have you ever thought about using Pinterest for ideas, inspiration and research? Turns out, a lot of people do it. In fact, there are handfuls of posts about top designers to follow on Pinterest. Behind all of the DIY furniture and way-too-expensive wedding dresses, there is an endless cork-board full of graphic design inspiration (and most of it is actually decent!)
For those who don’t know how Pinterest works, it’s quite simple. You make a board (or many) and pin posts to the board and/or upload your own posts. You can organize your pins with multiple boards, stick all the pins in the same board, or you can just like posts without having to pin them at all. As a designer, this opens up a whole new way to organize your research and inspiration for projects or personal interests. But, as with anything, there are positives and negatives to this.
- Pinterest has a large variety of work with beautiful design elements and type treatments that you may have never seen before.
- The links from a pin can take you straight to the source of the design or project.
- Upload your work and get noticed by designers AND non-designers.
- Share a board with another Pinterest user for collaborative projects.
- Find new designers and their firms or companies.
- Learn DIY tricks for multiple applications.
- Organize your research and inspiration without using up storage on your computer.
- There’s not always good design out there.
- Scrolling through all the pins to find something inspirational can be time-consuming.
- Original ideas become much more difficult to create when constantly look at other designer’s work. Seriously, it’s a great start to a plagiarizing career.
- Not all of the links will take you to the source of the project nor will they say who the designer is.
- It is not your only source for design inspiration and research.
All in all, Pinterest is great to use to an extent.
Remember, design inspiration comes from many places besides the screen in front of that awesome face of yours. If you’re feeling stuck and Pinterest is still not helping you, go outside. Take a walk, draw on a blank piece of paper, throw paint somewhere, or play a video game. Inspiration and ideas sometimes come from the most random and unexpected places. Then, post your super cool project on Pinterest for others to see!