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Create Pinboards On Pinterest And Make An Explore Blog On Tumblr And Never Run Out Of Ideas Again!

How To Source Creativity With The Internet

Create Pinboards On Pinterest And Make An Explore Blog On Tumblr And Never Run Out Of Ideas Again!

How To Source Creativity With The Internet


I used to think Pinterest was stupid and a waste of time. Then, I started seeing all kinds of great design ideas.

I started by pinning clothes, shoes, suits, and other gear, then to other pursuits like layouts, logos, and it grew from there.

When you start making collections of things on Pinterest, suddenly you become aware of your own style. Not only has pinning helped me refine my personal style and design aesthetic, which is hipsterish, minimalist, but it has become a great resource for my creative projects.

Now, whenever I set out to do a project, I’ll go to the boards, sift through some ideas, and mix-and-match elements to create my own work. I’ll also create boards around things for styles or categories I want to explore i.e. Placemaking, Tattoos, Food Trucks, Vintage Spacey.

After taking Linda Eliason’s skillshare class Vintage Illustration: Back to the Future where she used this same technique, I suspect the “boards” idea is something a lot of folks do.


To show you how Pinterest boards have translated to my work, here’s an example of a flier I recently made using the pin from CORNELIA and CO [Brand identity & Packaging] as inspiration from my Graphic Design pinboard.

Original picture by me. Formatting inspired by CORNELIA pin.

Used the format to convey Registration.

In addition to Pinterest, I’ve discovered that Tumblr acts as a great platform to collect and curate creative ideas.

Tumblr is different because you can customize individual pages, and it allows for video, gifs, audio, articles. Plus, Tumblr breaks down your tumbles in the “archive” so you can see what interested you from month-to-month.

Like pinning, I suspect that tumbling is a pretty common thing and folks use it as a repository of knowledge like the way I do. In addition to the websites themselves, I highly recommend getting the Pinterest and Tumblr google chrome extensions, so you can pin or tumble anything!

All my preconceived notions about pinning and tumbling have disappeared, and now it has become a necessary part of my creative work. As time goes on my repositories will grow, and I’ll continue to refine my aesthetic.

The Internet is chalked full of great ideas. Once you figure out that you can source them, creativity just becomes a matter of sifting through the ideas, then mixing-and-matching them to create something new.

Happy pinning and tumbling!