I can be inspired by almost any type of visual, and Pinterest is one of my favorite places to find visual inspiration. From design projects to websites to DIY projects, there is a little something for everyone on this virtual pinboard.
And designers are taking advantage of this tool in a major way.
It’s a great source of inspiration and a place where you can show off your work as well. Here is a collection of designers you should be following on Pinterest, and my favorite board from each.
Regardless of what you have heard or what you might think, Pinterest is not just for women. Just as many top male designers are using it too.
A small collection of boards (13) contains a significant number of inspiring pins featuring design, illustration, typography and more. Peeking at each board, you can get an idea of Andrews’ personal style; open Typography to see a great collection of elaborately-styled type. (11,000 followers)
Favorite board: Design is a mixed bag of inspiration, with everything from logos to great packaging to branding.
This collection is organized to make it easy to find just what you are looking for. Want to see great type? It’s there. How about a few color palette ideas? Those are there too. Everything is organized and grouped with the designer in mind. (485 followers)
Favorite board: Table of Contents is a great collection of index pages from print products but really got me thinking about different ways to develop website navigation.
This collection of board showcases design and happiness. Filled with color and bold shapes and styles, these boards show designers how to go big and bold without fear. In addition to created design, the boards also showcase some excellent photography. (935 followers)
Favorite board: Cool Company is an excellent collection of fun infographics.
Cho might just be one of the best-known designers on Pinterest and has a massive following. She has 84 boards and more than 10,000 pins in a variety of categories. What’s nice about the collection is that you can be inspired by boards and images that you may have never expected to. (13 million followers)
Favorite board: Fonts is a small collection of type but showcases a wide range of styles.
While these boards are more than just design, there’s a lot design-related stuff to peruse for hours. Mike D’s Typography and Badgography boards are especially nice for designers working on details. (3.6 million followers)
Favorite board: Identography showcase great banding and logo styles.
You can tell Denney is passionate about type and lettering from his board of a similar name. It contains more than 800 pins that make you want to design type. (5,600 followers)
Favorite board: Typography and Lettering Love really is an impressive collection of great lettering and logotypes.
I admit to first following Dent just for her bio: “It has been two days since I last used Futura Bold.” And I am glad I did. These boards are a collection of everything, topped off with a lot of great typography. (809,000 followers)
Favorite board: Letters and Numbers is filled with type, much of it with a feminine style.
Aaron De Simone
More proof that design inspiration comes from places other than just websites. This collection features a little bit of everything as a great place to develop ideas. (2 million followers)
Favorite board: Pixels is a simple collection but contains a few nice mobile application concepts.
“Where type and images totally make out” is the description for this collection. That alone is enough to inspire some new mashups when it comes to color, images and typography. (307,000 followers)
Favorite board: Logos is a simple collection of logos with a focus on typography.
Hammonds does a good job showing off his own design work in the My Work board. From finished projects to works in progress, you can get a glimpse of how the design comes together. There’s almost a theme to all of these boards, which seem to highlight simplicity in design and dark and muted colors. (235,000 followers)
Favorite board: Design Inspiration is packed – more than 600 pins – with ideas.
A self-described art director and crafter with boards that combine both. What’s nice about this combination is that you can be inspired by both flat and three-dimensional design concepts. (2,000 followers)
Favorite board: Get Crafty contains so many great color and texture combinations that would make fantastic website backgrounds.
While many designers have some design-related and some unrelated boards, Kimball has a set of 34 boards that all relate to design. From print to color to logos to illustrations to photo, every board is a great source of inspiration. (310 followers)
Favorite board: Advertising Excellence is a collection of cleverness that makes me wish I had developed some of the featured concepts.
This classic collection of design ideas features color, drawing, patterns and graphics, very much what you might expect from a creative director and designer. The collections are impressive with a large number of pins, all of high quality. (600,000 followers)
Favorite board: Infographics/UI Design shows great tablet and mobile web concepts.
While most of these boards are aimed at women, it’s a great collection of feminine design. A collection of 46 boards features great shapes and color combinations. (9 million followers)
Favorite board: Graphic Design includes a great retro-styled collection of logos, prints, signs and packaging. (This is a great guide to understanding retro design.)
From graphic design to fashion design to package design, Patolova’s board really help you see how design is everywhere. And even in some unexpected places. The boards are a nice collection of design from all over the world and all around us. (875 followers)
Favorite board: Graphic Design is an amazing collection of logos and branding.
If you like logos, Smith’s Pinterest site is just for you. This collection of more than 1,000 pins organized in 15 boards is everything logo you can images. (9,000 followers)
Favorite board: Batman Logo Evolution is nothing but fun and shows how a simple logo has evolved over the years.
Syme has a neat collection of masculine-looking design, illustration, logos and type some of his boards. Some of the themes are darker than other collections. He also has a board devoted to UI Design with nearly 500 pins highlighting some great interfaces from all over the web. (649,000 followers)
Favorite board: UI Design is sometimes hard to “see” but this board helps you get a look at user experiences in new ways.