Monday, February 20, 2012

Pinterest for artists

Pink board

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Thank you Eve Lynch for getting me totally hooked on Pinterest. I really needed one more social site to loose time to. I really like creating boards and my favorite new board is my "pink not for sissies board". Notice how I referred to "my" board. That is one thing that I found alarming. I am an artist and a designer and I am rather sensitive about the subject of copyrights yet after hunting down and gathering a dozen stunning images of "pink", I feel like I shopped for them and now I own them some how, even though they are just living on-line.  I am careful to try and provide a url link back in the description and will start digging further when needed now to include artist or  photographer credit when I can find it, after all these are not my photos just a curated collection of pinks.

Copyright issues aside, it is a great tool to get that "shopping need" filled without spending a dime. Women are doing this for that reason, and I know by the number of shoe boards you can find. Also abundant are food and recipe boards with stunning pics... if only that were enough to fill my eating needs.

So what is Pinterest? From their site:
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

Artists Can Use Pinterest to:
• quickly bookmark inspiration they find
• create a mini portfolio board
• Idea boards for clients: create a board of colors and patterns to present to your clients as a springboard for dialogue about their project
•  Create a blogging board to save images that you may want to blog about later.


Karla said...

I so love pinterest :) ... for me, it is like a visual bookmarking system. I feel like my mind and creativity are growing as I use it.

I know what you mean about this feeling of ownership of the boards ... it reminds me of the galleries on flickr -- there is something to be said for the act of creating a selection, like a juror.

There is an interesting conversation about copyright, and whether or not the site is good for artists, here:

Rebecca Collins said...

Hi Karla- thanks for the comment and the link, it does provide a great long comment thread on the subject, great read. Your link got wonky with reader info so here is also tinyurl to it: