Pinterest boards can fuel for your creative and spirit fires.
Pinterest boards are a massively useful tool for people who are visual thinkers, designers, artists, crafters – OR people who need to communicate visually with clients and collaborators. I’ve used it with far flung people who I simply vibe with to communicate our highest intentions and visions – almost as a global intention tune-up process for change makers.
In 2015 some friends and colleagues who had been getting together virtually wanted to gather in person to deepen our relationships. As we started to talk about what we all wanted to see happen it became clear that words were failing us, that what we we “seeing” we had trouble expressing.
So, we did what many visual and design thinkers did – we created a collaborative vision board on Pinterest. Our aim was an “emergent” experience. We wanted to co-create this gathering collaboratively and we wanted to map that process so we could return to reflect on it in the years to come. So as we started to share what we saw in our minds the event started to take shape in front of us. Seb Paquet, Inma Vp, Julie Bourbonnaise, Hélène Brown, Dorota Mar, Kevin Doyle Jones, David Hood and myself all added pins as the conversation continued over a six month period.
The whole process was an experiment and to be sure there were many windy digressions and false starts – and flat out fails. Of course, those things are to be expected when you are an edgling seeking ways of working together allowing space for the unseen and unspoken to come forth. If you are not making really impressive errors – you can’t really consider yourself living on any sort of edge…eh?
Barth Anderson – Novelist Creates Character Studies with Pinterest
A novelist friend, Barth Anderson uses Pinterest to craft intricate mood boards for characters in his amazing novels. When I look at Barth’s boards – I want to pack it all in and start writing novels. It’s a wonderful thing to have this window into his textual visioning and versioning.
A prolific multimedia artist Ivy Wreden uses Pinterest to not only market her quirky art but, to create a clip file for all her inspiration for her mosaics, batiks and collages. Her boards reflect her aesthetic so accurately. I love watching her spark start and become a creative bonfire.
Her equally creative daughter Keegan Wreden does the same for all her theater design and costuming work as she thinks through a play and a plan. Keegan is about to graduate college with a Theater Arts degree. I took a lot of theater set design courses in school – and have watched Keegan become a serious creative. I *cannot wait* to see what she does post-college. Consider hiring her. She’s an incredibly solid young woman.
For me, it’s both a place to gather beautiful things in a non-physical place so that I can enjoy and admire them without owning them and a place to think through design issues with people I collaborate with on projects by creating “mood boards” and clip files for the project. It’s also useful for gathering cheatsheets, infographics, and video howtos into one handy place.