By now, we’re all aware that Pinterest is the new Facebook for people with too much time on their hands. For awhile I resisted the urge to join because I didn’t quite see the point of it. That, and there were rumours that Pinterest was modifying your pins without permission to better serve online retailers. Eventually, enough exposure got my curiosity up and I joined and, for a time, experimented with the process. I have nine boards going now. The first five were your typical kind: one for tasty recipes, one for pretty pictures, one for pretty clothes, one for pretty homes. Soon enough my interest waned. I didn’t have time to pin useless photographs of clothes I’ll never be able to afford or foreign destinations I may never see in person. This bred mild resentment within me that fueled my disinterest in participating in this market, so I stopped.
However, I didn’t close the account. And one day, I found a use for it: graphic design.
Essentially, Pinterest is an inspiration board. And what do I need inspiration for mostly? Graphic design. So, with my first modest commission, I set out looking for business cards to inspire me and I used Pinterest to document them. Since then, I’ve set up a few other inspiration boards via Pinterest. By far my favourite is my Graphic Design in the Wild board, which I’ve begun populating with interesting design work that I see while I’m out and about. Here are a few of my favourite designs that I’ve pinned recently:
I have rather roundabout methods of posting my images on Pinterest, the kinks of which I will eventually work out, I’m sure. My process at this point is to take the photo, edit and upload via Instagram, post it to my Tumblr account which acts as a general depository of most of my images (even if I don’t share via Facebook or Twitter it always goes up on Tumblr) and then I pin via the web when I’ve uploaded a bunch (or at least more than one.)
Do you use Pinterest? Do you find it has a purpose other than as an aggregate of ads and uncredited photos?
By the way, feel free to follow me on Pinterest if you’re there and like to use it. I’ll keep sharing my boards!