Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Digital Dog Ear..

I have shelves of my favorite magazines...Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Travel & Leisure, Cooking Light and various interior design industry mags. I can't bear to throw them away (and by throw away, I mean recycle, of course). 

They all have small dog eared corners on the pages of my favorite ideas in the hopes that some day I will go back to them and use the creativity and inspiration I found among them. I have done that here and there but always had trouble finding that one idea I remembered I wanted to try among the stacks.  
This is the same with the internet. With so much information out there, inspiration may flash across the screen in a split second. We can bookmark a site but don't remember what was so great about it. I recently found a site that reverses that idea. It highlights the object of inspiration for the visual effect while allowing you to find it again with its web address.
Pinterest is a unique way of organizing, cataloging and categorizing our wants, needs, ideas and inspirations. You create a design board or two, or three or 40 (there is no limit that I've seen) and while you are surfing the web you select images and "Pin It" to your board. You can follow other boards and "Repin" interesting images from someone else's or make comments on a particularly inspiring photo or image. These boards can be private or can be open to the community. 
I see such potential using this site in a creative business environment or just for the personal corralling of your thoughts. 

Check out My Pinterest boards, maybe they will inspire you.


  1. You know, I still can't figure out how to pin someting on my board. Every time I go to upload a photo, it denies me. Rejected by Pinterest!! :)