Earlier this week I posted about Pinterest and how it’s up and coming. The problem with this is it’s a lot of people all posting the same things – without actually pulling in new content & going to explore where it came from.
I often find awesome things on Pinterest, such as this:
But then, if you dig a little deeper it brings you to things like these.
All by the same artist.
Seriously amazed by what people can do with typography! All of these were done by Sarah King. Definitely make sure you go check out the rest of her work – it’s equally amazing.
Next time you find something really neat on Pinterest – make sure you dig deeper and go visit that artist’s website!
Pinterest has been getting a lot of love lately.
[I'd point out that I joined these social networks before they were "cool."] It’s always fascinating to watch things come and go + to wonder how long they’ll actually stick around.
For Facebook, I remember getting it a week or two after it opened to non-college students (back in 2004). I can still picture the iconic blue layout and thinking about how silly it looked and that I didn’t know exactly what to do with it (I had probably 2 other friends with it at that point). Fast forward to 2012 and well.. Facebook is kind of HUGE. Same with Twitter, I believe I tweeted all of 3 times and lost interest for a few months before picking it up again and I haven’t stopped since! There are some sites (like Pinterest) that you can see the value of right at the beginning. It’s always interesting joining these new sites and not having very many friends on them for a while and then all of a sudden there is a huge rush of the general public (not early adopters) joining.
As a very visual person, I LOVE being able to save my inspiration and bookmarks to a place where I can actually see them & not just their links! It’s been a huge timesaver for looking for inspiration for projects and saving things. I read through blog on BlogReader each morning + pin thing to remember for later, so much easier than starring items or huge unwieldy folders of links. Recently I’m loving it for saving recipes (and made my first 2 recipes from it this weekend!).
Blackberry + Cream Scones!
My personal favorite board?
Ampersands! (Such a design nerd.)
Have you gotten on Pinterest yet? If so, what do you think about it? What kinds of things do you find yourself pinning?
Always find myself drawn to designs & illustrations that involve cities — probably my love for repetition. Or the fact that people can take a basic thing & make some really interesting inventive designs with it.
Here are three of my current favorites!
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I originally found Two Arms Inc. because of this Minute Maid typographic ad – isn’t it gorgeous?! Have to say that I’m a huge fan of this chalkboard, hand-lettering fad that’s sweeping through now.
After find that piece I tracked it back to their website & found the rest of their awesome typography and hand-lettering. Definitely worth a trip over to their website or follow them on Twitter!
Source: Two Arms Inc.
All of these are created by artist & illustrator Yellena James. I first ran across the top one a while back on Pinterest and recently (as in when I went to go find the source) found the rest. The intricate details. The colors. Love them!
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In honor of finals week, I thought I’d highlight some sweet labels of the things that are getting me through it. Coffee & Tea!
There are such a variety of labels out there. I’m drawn to the more illustrated hand-drawn labels.
Or coffee mugs that allow you to conveniently store cookie underneath!
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It’s quite easy to get lost on the internet. Minutes turn into hours and you find yourself 50 websites later with millions of new bookmarks and cool things to share. I’ve decided that I’m going to start sharing some of these. I always get requests for website recommendations so I thought this would be a good way to compile those. For this week we’ll start off big with more recognizable websites that you might have already heard of. If not… well, get on it!
These are a few of my favorite things…
Pinterest I frequently find myself saving inspiration from pictures I find on blogs or randomly online to my desktop. These causes multiple problems, for one.. space. There is also the problem that if Im not at my computer, I cannot access them. In comes pinterest. Fantastic site that allows you to “pin” your favorite images online as you’re browsing through websites or blogs. You can then tag and categorize them according to whatever you’d like. For me, I try to keep things together in categories such as “dream house”, “products”, “typography” or “delicious thing.” It’s somewhat addicting so it’s easy to get lost in “pinning” and find yourself hours later still looking for more images. However, it saves tons of time in the long run. Through all of the organization that the site provides it’s really easy to run back through and find that awesome poster you “pinned” months ago.
Behance Network What a cool way to showcase work and gather inspiration from others. Behance allows users to create portfolios of work & share them in very organized categories and ways. Information design project? No problem, just search for information design on the website and you’ll find yourself with hundreds of inspirational links. Really cool fast and easy way to see what fantastic thing people are creating!
Typography Served Related directly with Behance, there are a number of websites with specific purposes (typography served, industrial design served, etc) each showcases work from that particular field and much like Behance it also has job listings which will come in handy very shortly.
Do you have any go to websites for inspiration? Or does a simple google image search do the job? Maybe even a visit to the library?