Pinterest isn’t just about decorating, life hacks, or fashion tips. It’s a tool for collecting and organizing pretty much anything, and it can be an invaluable resource for graphic designers. Here are some examples of how I use Pinterest to discover and organize inspiring design elements.
Designers need to use all kinds of colours on a daily basis, and at times, coming up with new and interesting colour combinations can be a bit daunting. That’s why I keep a board specifically for colours. I often visit design-seeds.com to find unique colour swatch combos based off of source photos.
Logo & Branding Inspiration
Designing a logo can be one of the most challenging jobs a graphic designer can take on. I keep a board of some of my favourite brands and concepts. I’ll also pin some designs that may not be as refined as they could be, but represent an interesting idea, or there may be a single element that can be exceptional.
I don’t get to illustrate every day, but from time to time I will pick up an illustration project, or I’ll decide to create something on my own for fun. I pin examples of posters, drawings and sketches all in different artistic styles and mediums. Anything that may inspire me.
Graphic Design Layout
Its not uncommon that I’ll find a number of interesting layouts by simply browsing online. If I see something that I like, I pin it!
And those are just a few examples.
Pinterest lets you to create as many boards as you’d like. I’ve created boards for individual projects, specific clients, and I have the ability to keep boards private. Web browser extensions and mobile apps make pinning to your boards quick and convenient. If you haven’t thought of using Pinterest as a design aid, I’d highly recommend giving it a try.