Awhile back, I was inspired by Amanda Genther to really dive in and organize my pinterest boards. You see, before my big re-organization, I simply piled anything design related into a big “design” board. However, upon further research & exploration, I thought it would be a good idea to utilize pinterest as a part of my process as a freelance designer.

Typically, I like to have my clients create a pinboard filled with inspiration for their project. Usually, that consists of typography, color palettes, and any other design details that they think fit the bill. Sometimes it can take hours on end to find the right examples of what you’re going for – so I thought I’d make it a little easier for my clients to sift through the thousands of images showcased on pinterest.

I took some time to decide how to divide up my gigantic “design” board. I wanted to come up with boards that were easy to sort through and covered all the bases. I ended up with the following :

art + illustration / typography / marks / patterns / websites / print + packaging / collages

Now, I could divide these up even more, but I left that for another day simply because that could get super complicated and time consuming!! As you can see, these are pretty general design topics that people often look to for their specific projects. Someone looking for new branding may focus on the typography, mark, and print + packaging boards. Someone looking for a website design may keep within the website and typography boards.

It’s up to you how you handle pinterest, but why not make it easier for your clients!? Tell them that you’ve organized your pinterest so that they can utilize your finds and hopefully make the process of sharing inspiration seamless & speedy.

  1. haley says:

    This is a great idea! I recently did something similar for a client and our process was much smoother. Great post!

  2. juliet says:

    I love these info posts! Was just wondering what marks are in design? Thanks!

  3. Yay for organizing! It really is helpful for clients.

  4. Jessica says:

    I noticed this the other day + love it! So smart.

  5. pinterest is such a great resource for something like this!

  6. Erika says:

    I’m always amazed when people have so few boards. I have over 60 and I still sometimes feel like the categories are too broad.

  7. Alicia says:

    I recently “started” organizing my boards…still a long way to go :) When you create mood boards for your clients, do you get them to help out? Obviously if there is something they have in mind they will have their own ideas and visions and show you stuff. I was just wondering if you get them to look through your pinterest to help? This could be a great idea I never though of cause most likely you will only be pinning stuff you yourself love too :)

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