Pinterest – design inspiration in a new way

A part of what I do each day is play around with new things in the interwebs. I signed up for Pinterest in March and have been playing with it for nigh on a month now and now I’m a little hooked.

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard, which acts as a way to collect images, and then group, tag and share them. It works primarily through a ‘Pin it’ bookmarklet that allows you to choose any image on the current page to pin. You then add your pin to a board and comment. You can then either share via other social networks (currently Facebook and Twitter), or just allow it to be seen on Pinterest.

There’s also an option to Re-pin and Heart other people’s pins (very similar to Tumblr’s reblog and heart features), which adds a nice community feel to Pinterest.

With the proliferation of sites like Ffffound! (especially when no one has an invite to give you) and endless gorgeous Tumblr blogs providing a multitude of pretty pictures that I want to remember, it’s nice to have a service that groups these together in a nice way, and is available anywhere. Between funny pictures of cats and actual design inspiration for work, I think I’m set now.

Any other services you use for your design work that we should know about?

Published by Luke

Luke is one of Ubelly’s resident social media guys, occasionally switching hats for a bit of design. He is the in-house meme expert, uses foursquare a little too much and gets hot under the collar when it comes to design, usability and gorgeous code.

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