Pinterest: A Link so Lovely it Gets it’s own Link Love
Posted: April 27, 2011 Filed under: Graphic Design, Inspiration, Link Love | Tags: Link Love, pin, pinboard, Pinterest
This link is so good it’s the only link I love this week. Pinterest is my new obsession. I’ve seen it on a few blogs I read. At first I though, oh right, I need another website to take part in. I facebook, I blog, I tweet, etc. Do I really want to start “pinning”? After taking a closer look I realized how great this is. I love pulling inspiration for design work, inspiration for my home decorating, recipes to try, holiday decorating I wish to emulate, etc. from the internet. I usually take these images or recipes, save them on my desktop, and eventually trash them when cleaning my desktop as I inevitably do each week as I don’t know how to organize them. Pinterest solves that problem. You “pin” things you see on websites or blogs and it saves it whatever category you pin it to.
Here’s a glimpse at my pinboard:
You can view others’ individual pinboards, pinboards for specific categories (design, art, food, etc.) or just view the main page and see as people are pinning. Similar to twitter, you follow people and people follow you. As it’s essentially by invitation only right now (you can request an invitation), there aren’t a lot of my friends or work peers pinning, but I don’t see that being the case for very long. I can keep “boards” (categories) of design inspiration to glance at when I’m feeling uncreative and can keep recipes for those nights I just can’t decide what to make. You can repin things that other people pin, or you can pin anything you find off the web (they’re very good about including the links where you got the image from as to give the original poster credit and so you can go to the original page it was listed at and read the whole article or see more).
Here’s an individual pin I posted:
I think over time this will be even more beneficial as ideas I’ve seen a year to several years ago would be long forgotten without some sort of organization system like this. I’d HIGHLY recommend requesting an invitation to join this site! Anyone else out there on pinterest?