DesignCast 14 : A Pinteresting Turn of Events

By: Wes McDowell | June 11th, 2012 | 10 comments

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In case you haven’t heard, Pinterest is the newest and possibly the most designer-friendly social media network out there, where you can “pin” all of your favorite things on the web to a great big virtual pinboard. In this episode, we are joined by Wes’ sister Kristi Duce, a freelance graphic designer who has been using Pinterest in some inventive ways to boost her business and creativity. If you have not gotten on board the Pinterest train yet, then you won’t want to miss this. We talk all about how graphic designers can use Pinterest for inspiration, curation, and marketing purposes, and how you can get on it to start improving your creative flow today.

We also answer a listener question, and offer up some brand new tips in our “Do Yourself a Favor” segment.

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10 Responses to DesignCast 14 : A Pinteresting Turn of Events

  1. Elias Jones says:

    Please read http://pinterest.com/about/use and http://pinterest.com/about/terms very, VERY carefully and bear in mind copy infringement, intellectual property rights and whom is liable in case of a dispute.

    • Wes McDowell says:

      Hey Elias, out of curiosity, have you had any kind of bad experience with this?

  2. Elias Jones says:

    Hey Wes, I have not because I deleted my Pinterest account. Mostly because I’m over-cautious when it comes to protecting intellectual property rights for designers. Here’s why:
    http://ddkportraits.com/2012/02/why-i-tearfully-deleted-my-pinterest-inspiration-boards/
    http://mashable.com/2012/03/21/pinterest-copyright-legal-issues/

    • Wes McDowell says:

      I can see where you’re coming from but I guess I just don’t see it that way. Since every pin links back to the original source, I can’t imagine how that could be looked at as bad. Design work is meant to be seen, and Pinterest is just a means of helping great work be seen on a larger scale. Whether its your own work or somebody else’s, credit is always attributed to the proper person.

  3. Elias Jones says:

    Fair enough and as with all things it’s a personal choice. I don’t think that it can be looked at as necessarily bad, but should someone like a photographer pursue an infringement issue, you’re entirely liable (not Pinterest) according to their Terms of Use. I loved the Pinterest concept at first and I was a huge pinner. I just got uncomfortable and decided I could do without. I have filled the void with http://www.thefancy.com/.

  4. Thomas says:

    You mentioned in this cast, that there might not be designers, that are good at coding or developers, that are good ad designing. Actually, I am a coding web designer, although I mostly design or do conceptual work, I do at least every Markup and Style by myself, I also create most of my jquery-based effect by myself, as well as wordpress templates. I’m not yet very good ad PHP and SQL, but I will. And every piece of development knowledge I earn makes me a better designer.

    • Wes McDowell says:

      Hey Thomas, I didn’t mean to say that good designer/developers didn’t exist, only that it is a rarity. If you have both going for you, then you’re way ahead of the game!

  5. Paul Murray says:

    Hi Wes,

    Thanks for mentioning my blog. I’m glad you liked my idea of setting up an account for clients.

    Keep up the good work on the podcasts.

    • Wes McDowell says:

      No problem Paul. Loved the article, and it was a great tip. Im going to start doing that myself! Thanks for checking out the podcast.

  6. Ashley says:

    I love how you get two women on there and all the sudden it’s wedding talk! ;)

    I find Pinterest to be a waste of valuable time (I should be DOING these things, not pinning them!), but I do appreciate the idea of client mood boards and usually suggest my clients create them themselves. Less work for me and it gets them to pin down (har har) their style.