Lately, I’ve been making great use of Pinterest as a tool to organize, find, and share ideas for web design. It’s the perfect tool for bookmarking things you love (and hate), searching for inspiration, and getting feedback from your friends, family, and mentors. Here’s how!
(1) Organize it!
At the risk of stating the obvious, Pinterest exists to organize. You can create pinboards for anything from recipes to recreation. For people looking to design new websites, it’s the perfect solution for compiling all of your ideas.
Create boards for typography, logos, color schemes, and favorite websites. This will serve as an excellent springboard as you hash out what you really want in your site.
Tip: Use ColourLovers.com to find and create color palettes and pin them automatically from their website to your Pinterest!
(2) Search it!
Now that you’ve created boards to collect all the stuff you’re finding while you search the web, you can start searching Pinterest for inspiration for your new web design.
Tip: Don’t just search by keyword. Make sure you occasionally check out Pinterest’s categories to see everything pinned with the heading “design” or “art” – you’ll be surprised what you can find if you start with a broad search!
(3) Share it!
With pinboards bursting with ideas, it’s time to start getting some feedback! Share your boards with your trusted friends, colleagues, and mentors. Use their responses to crystalize the web design in your mind’s eye.
Maybe most importantly, share your boards with your web design team. You may even want to create a board for things that you dislike to give your designer a well-rounded look at what you want from your website.
Tip: You and your designer can also create collaborative boards to share inspiration with each other.