Like all designers I’m a very visual person. I started collecting photos from magazines when I was in high school. Later, in college, I taped my favorite “swipe” to the wall above my art table. Now I pin inspirational images onto a cork board in my studio. You can see part of it in the photo above. The board changes as I find new images I like or outfits I would like to try myself.
Pinterest is an on-line inspiration board, so you’d think with my history of collecting photos that I would have tried this new social media platform as soon as I heard about it. But no, I resisted. You see when I started blogging I happily jumped on every new social media platform and exciting application that came out, and oh there were so many. Somewhere out there is a very neglected “My Space” page with my name on it. I actually used to check my “Klout” score and care. “Flavors.me” was picked up without hesitation and then dropped with disgust. My poor “Tumblr” page sits collecting cyber dust. Meanwhile people with names I cannot pronounce add me to their circles on “Google Plus”. I ignore them. My “LinkedIn” account is kept up for appearance sake but the only social media sites I used daily are Facebook and Twitter. Recently I very hesitantly added “Instagram” to my list of social media apps. I do like it, but use it every so often and just for fun.
So when people started talking about Pinterest I thought “Oh no, not this time!” I was not going to cave into the newest social media craze that would suck up loads of time and deliver no clear benefit. But my resolve didn’t last. When my sister-in-law sent me an invitation I finally broke down and joined. Then a whole bunch of people I know in real life started following me and I knew I was going to have to put something up or look like a total bore. Then I started creating boards and, oh crud, now I’m hooked. I created a board for jewelry inspiration, home inspiration and makeup ideas. Below you can see my boards. I’m still a Pinterest noob, but slowly I’m starting to create a space where I can instantly access my favorite looks and images. Honestly, as a designer who uses these kinds of images every day I really wonder why I didn’t do this sooner!
(Image via Pinterest.com)
Below are a few images from my board Chanel with Everything to whet your appetite for the possibilities of collecting fabulous images and sharing them with your friends. If you would like an invitation let me know and I’ll send you one. If you’re on Pinterest already come on over, follow me, and I’ll follow you back, because even on-line parties are no fun alone.
(Chanel photos above taken from Vogue Magazine.)
Have you joined Pinterest? What do you think of it? If you haven’t joined do you think you will?