The newest craze in social networking is the highly attractive and addictive Pinterest. Drawing artists, designers, jewelers and other creatives, it’s a fun place to compile your favorite things, pictures you love or sharing dream ideas. Immediately, when I was introduced to it, I couldn’t understand why you would want to use this site. It reminded me alot of the popular fashion bookmark networks and we already had Facebook to share our obsessions. Why use Pinterest?
This is where it gets interesting…
1. It’s completely visual. Sharing and communicating with picture is it’s angle.
2. Demographic serves well for creatives and a buying crowd.
3. It’s newness means less spam, less noise.
PINTEREST IS PERFECT FOR ARTISTS!
Here are 5 Creative Ways To Share Your Work:
1. Use as a digital portfolio of your work. Compiling from various sites on the web would be even better, as you are creating connections to your various work and licensed products across the WWW. If you are visiting a gallery or client, the ease of editing and adapting your portfolio online means you don’t have to go through all the updating directly on your ipad or tablet!
2. Use as a reference pinboard. Gather ideas for your creative projects. Whether you are a graphic designer, illustrator, interior designer or painter, using this as a vision board/reference board for future artwork ideas or paintings is perfect! No need to print out pictures or rip out magazines when its digital and therefore portable! Set it up to show on your tablet or ipad as you work!
3. As a progression board. Share the progress and development of your work with your clients, friends or audience. Want to share the evolution of an artwork or the completion of a project you are working on for a client? This is great for instant and complete overview in a visual state. Followers are able to like, repin, comment and even share your pin across other social networks.
4. As a storyboard. Whether you are a book writer, animator or illustrator for this would be a great digital aid for the progress and adaption of your story project. Pin photos, notes and story progressions. With Pinterest, moving pictures around makes it a simple and easy to use tool for this.
5. To crowdsource ideas – If you are working with a team on a project or idea, this is great for sharing, collaboration and adaption of a project. Mulitiple contributors allow a team to share their content together on one board.
Myself, I’ve created galleries of each collection or series I have worked on and have also made a board simply for available art. In Pinterest, the ability to sell your wares is possible too! Simply link to where the work is being sold and add a $ to the amount in the description. That will put a cross banner showing the price of your wares!
Artists and creatives – share with us how you’ve used Pinterest! Have any other ways or ideas for using Pinterest? Share in the comments section!