Saturday, September 7, 2013
As I've mentioned here before I am a little obsessed with Pinterest, a site where you can share beautiful images and create wonderful visual moodboards. A few months ago I got an email from the lovely ladies of Pinterest asking me if I would write a blog post about why I love pinterest and how I use it. This week the post appeared on their lovely blog over here and you can check out why I love Pinterest here:
Hello fellow pinners! My name is Donal and I’m a Pinterest addict. It started small, a nice book case idea for the living room, some tasty supper inspiration and a big dirty chocolate cake. It quickly spiraled, I found myself adding new boards, pinning when I couldn’t sleep, and noting DIY projects I HAD to do! You see for someone who’s life revolves around food, Pinterest creates a non stop source of delicious inspiration. Alongside plenty of travel, eating out and trawling through cookbooks and food magazines, I have now planted Pinterest firmly in my heart as a truly brilliant source for new ideas.
Apart from the general drooling I do on Pinterest on any given day, it also has realistic functions I now use in my day to day work. In the process of writing cookbooks, one of the things I have always done is to create moodboards to demonstrate the direction I want to take the book, from photography, fonts, jacket design and colour scheme. Doing this allows me to show a publisher or designer quite clearly what I’m hoping to achieve. It’s a super way to open the discussion on artistic direction and since Pinterest started, I no longer have to create these moodboards in photoshop. I simply create a board, pin the images I like and then invite them to the board. Really simple and very effective.
While we shoot, I also keep these Pinterest boards close by to make sure we are keeping to the direction we agreed upon. Now, anytime I have a new project or even a smidgen of a new idea, I start a board and shovel a whole pile of related pins into it, sometimes they take me somewhere, sometimes they don’t but either way I love doing it and it’s a great way to clear my head!
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