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Interview with Erin Loechner: “Design for Mankind” Blogger
We’ve been admiring Erin Loechner’s beautiful pins for a while, so we’re excited feature her for this week’s pinterview!
As a former online personality for HGTV.com and founder of one of the most admired design blogs, Erin’s bright personality shines throughout her boards. Whether you’re into interior design or metallic things, you just might find something creative that will inspire you.
Hi Erin! First, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I started blogging personally in 2001 and fell in love with the practice of sharing and connecting with others online. In 2006, I started Design for Mankind as a place to catalog the endless inspiration I was searching for in my day job as an ad agency art director. The Internet makes location nearly irrelevant and I find it fascinating to find and learn about so many different facets of design that I might never have the chance to see in person.
Your blog has tons of creative finds from furniture to art. What defines something that is MYkind?
MYkind is a segment of Design for Mankind where I share what’s going on in my life personally. But in terms of the general aesthetic of Design for Mankind, I like to post anything that elicits a positive reaction for me. This changes daily, so I’m never out of inspiring finds that I discover in the most unlikely places, whether that be something as random as shoes that match chairs or unique art installations.
Every week, you feature items of the same color. How do you decide what color to choose (and what’s your favorite)?
It’s amazing how many colors exist in different variations, so I love this exercise to hone in on some of my favorite hues. I’ll often choose a color to feature after seeing it somewhere in my daily life - running errands, on a daily walk, etc. Lately I’ve been loving cerulean blue, so I’d say that’s my current favorite.
You had/have some pretty cool gigs with HGTV. How did that experience shape your outlook on style and design?
You know, working with HGTV.com has been such a fun experience because I’ve never considered myself an interior designer. I love that we featured our own renovation and experience designing an entire home with no real training. It’s a great example that when it comes to aesthetics, personal style and creativity always outshines something by-the-books.
We love all your pins. Is there is a specific board that is special or meaningful to you?
My favorite board is Random Inspiration, because it’s a catchall for all of the amazing things I’d never have time to post on Design for Mankind. The world is truly overflowing with creativity!
Thanks for the pinterview, Erin! We’re looking to seeing more of your creative inspirations on your blog and your Pinterest boards. Happy pinning!
Pinteresting Trend: Technology
Today we’re thrilled to announce open registration!
For those of you who haven’t joined Pinterest yet, this means you can sign up without waiting for an invite: all you have to do is go to Pinterest.com to get started. In addition to using your Facebook or Twitter login, we’re also opening registration so you can sign up with just your email address.
We’re really excited to have the capacity to offer Pinterest to more people and if you’re a Pinner with friends who’ve been waiting on the sidelines, we hope you’ll let them know. Happy pinning to everyone!
Interview with Jenna Gurka: DIY Enthusiast & “Let’s Go Sunning” Blogger
Summer is a perfect season for enjoying the outdoors and warm weather. But if it gets too hot, it can be fun to retreat into a cool area and find yourself crafting your latest DIY project.
This week, we’d like to introduce Jenna Gurka, who has a colorful collection of quirky and interesting boards. Her creative taste is sprinkled throughout her pins that are dedicated to fun projects, interior decorating, and nostalgic pop culture.
Hi Jenna! First, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a lifestyle and DIY blogger. I started Let’s Go Sunning this past February, to document my crafts and talk about things I love. I’ve been crafting since I was a kid, always small things or projects my Nana would let me help with. When I went to college and couldn’t afford anything, I figured out ways to make things I wanted or upcycle stuff I’d find on the side of the road. I like the satisfaction that comes with knowing I made something I love.
How do you select which DIY projects to work on? Have you discovered anything over the moon on Pinterest?
When I select DIY projects I start with a want or need. From there, I research all the things I can do with what I have, using pinterest and DIY blogs for inspiration. I usually take on large projects that take a long time, and for some reason I always do things the hard way. My favorite DIY project was this gold fish scale wall art, I found inspiration for it on Pinterest and had to make it happen. I thought I would finish the project and get sick of it in a month or so, but it’s still hanging above my bed, I absolutely adore it!
We noticed you have a board dedicated to Disney, can you tell us a little more about why you created this board. And of course, who’s your favorite Disney character?
Haha, yes! I have a full board dedicated to vintage Disneyland photos, I also have one dedicated to Snow White, who happens to be my favorite Disney Character. I grew up in Southern California and my family took frequent Disneyland trips. I love the attention to detail at the park and the fact that it is always evolving, the vintage photos make me so happy and I love to see the difference between the park today and 50 years ago.
Your blog is called “Let’s Go Sunning” - how did you come up with his name and most importantly, what do you love most about summer?
Let’s Go Sunning is actually the name of a song. It’s used in a video game my husband and I used to play often. It’s so upbeat and retro it made it to our regular playlist rotation. My husband and I always sing it when it is warm out and it stuck.
Growing up, I always took summer for granted, I went to the beach a lot, but I also spent more time than I should have indoors. Now that I’m older I don’t waste my summers at all. I love having beach days with my family when I visit, camping with my friends in Los Gatos, and eating outside, but mostly I love that everyone is more energized to take advantage of the longer day and warmer weather, so I get to see my friends a lot more.
You love fashion, design, and DIY. Who are some of your inspirations on Pinterest?
I have so many! If I had to choose, I find myself repinning Emily Henderson and Jan of Poppy Talk a lot. My bestie, Kendra Cunningham has never pinned something I haven’t loved. Who else would be pinning Halloween stuff in July with me? Also, my good friend Sara Brewster-Bouw might just be my pinning soul mate.
Thanks for the pinterview, Jenna! Hope the rest of your summer is filled with lots of… sunning of course. Happy pinning!
Happy National Watermelon Day!
Summer is in full swing, which means you might be looking for a refreshing relief to your heat wave. We’ve rounded up some cool boards to celebrate National Watermelon Day for you to peruse while you enjoy an ice cold treat.
- Watermelon Sculptures by Sandy
- Watermelon Fun by Mary
- Watermelon Watermelon by Kate
- Watermelon Party by Heather
- Everything Watermelon by Brooke
Pinteresting Trend: Nature
Interview with Robert Newman: Creative Director of Reader’s Digest
When we first saw Robert Newman’s boards, his colorful pins drew us in immediately and we knew an interview with the creative director of Reader’s Digest just couldn’t be passed up.
As we spent more time exploring his interests and getting a visual education on magazine covers, graphic design from the 50’s and 60’s, and general “Newmanology”, we also found out he’s had a hand in lot of our other favorite publications, like Real Simple!
We hope you’ll enjoy this pinterview as much as we did and thank you Robert for sharing your amazing boards.
Hi Robert! First, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m the creative director at Reader’s Digest. I work on the magazine, books, tablet apps, website, and all kinds of other media. I’ve worked at magazines and publications in New York City since the late 80s. Before Reader’s Digest I headed up the design and creative direction at Real Simple, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, New York, Details, Vibe, and The Village Voice.
As a kid I always loved graphic design. I made little magazines and posters in high school, and then went to work as a printer. I always collected printed stuff obsessively….I have a giant storage space packed with magazines, posters, and books. That’s one reason I love Pinterest, because it eliminates the need to physically save everything, while still satisfying my urge for obsessive collecting and cataloging.
One of the big appeals for me about working in magazines is the ability to reach huge numbers of people, in an immediate way. As social media has grown and developed I’ve been attracted to that for the same reason, only in some ways it’s better than printed magazines because you can interact much more immediately with the people who are looking at your work. I’ve got a Tumblr page and a Twitter feed and also a page on Facebook and they all feed into each other.
It should be obvious to anyone who looks at my Pinterest page that I love vintage graphic design of all kinds, from all decades. I have a particular love for the 1960s, because that’s when I grew up, and it’s the aesthetic that informs a lot of my own work, but I’m constantly finding design and illustration from other eras that amazes and inspires me.
We love your collections of different illustrations. What do you think makes a good book cover, poster, or advertisement?
A good poster or cover should engage on both an emotional and intellectual level. It should delight, amaze, and inspire; be original and distinctive. I always think of things in terms of “will they tear it out and stick it on their walls?” Now of course, it’s “will they pin it on Pinterest?”
In your opinion, which decade has the best design and form of advertising?
I think the content always determines what is the best design for me. When I look at magazines, posters, and advertising from the 1950s, I’m not that excited by the content. But the form is amazing. It’s almost like those guys compensated for the lack of interesting material by creating extra-inspired work. The Fortune covers of Leo Lionni and Walter Allner, the work of Henry Wolf and Alexei Brodovitch, anything by Saul Bass…I love the bold simplicity of that era, and the way the art directors seemed to have total control (I’m sure they didn’t, but it seems that way now) of their products. But when I look at design from the 60s, I get excited by the content as well as the art. And unlike the 50s, there’s a strong sense of social consciousness and provocativeness in the best design and advertising.
For me, the best design captures that 60s sense of it’s artful, and it’s going to change the world. That said, there’s an awful lot of great stuff going on now in graphic design and especially in publication design. I’m constantly inspired by covers from The New Yorker and Bloomberg Businessweek, just to name two.
How is your board “Cool Stuff” different than your other boards?
Initially my Cool Stuff board was just things that didn’t fit into any other category, plus stuff that I just couldn’t figure out what it was, but I liked it anyway. Now I imagine it’s like that room I wish I had in my apartment, where I put all the coolest items I own on display: posters, toys, books, LPs, and I can show them off to everyone who visits. Of course in reality I live in a tiny apartment with my two daughters, and the only things on display are their toys and art supplies and homework. I’ve been letting my daughters pick some of the Cool Stuff, but so far I’ve kept out all the funny cat photos.
What’s great about Pinterest for me is that it works on multiple levels. On one hand, it’s a super collection of graphic and visual inspiration that informs my work. I’ve always been a stylist in my design sensibilities, drawing on other work, especially vintage, for direction and ideas. I’ve always been a student of graphic design from the past, but I’ve never had so much easy access and easy collectability.
I also like to share work, and with Pinterest there’s a huge community of like-minded (and not-so-like-minded) folks constantly pinning visual treats. If there’s a downside, it’s that there’s almost too much, and I wish there were some more finely-tuned curated boards. I’m as much a culprit in this area as anyone, and lately I’ve been trying to figure out how to edit the huge mass of images that I pin, putting them into more defined boards. I think the next step is to put together some kind of greatest hits or best-of pin collection, so that folks can follow just one board and get the very best of what you’re pinning.
Are there other magazines you follow on Pinterest?
I follow a number of magazines on Pinterest. I really like TV Guide…they’ve got a great collection of their covers. Vanity Fair is doing some nice stuff, and of course Reader’s Digest has some great cartoons and recipes. I think the womens’ magazines are all doing a lot, but the newsmagazines and general interest publications haven’t quite figured it out yet. What I’m waiting for is the first Pinterest-only magazine!
Thanks again for the pinterview, Robert! You’ll be the first to know if we ever publish a Pinterest-only magazine and we appreciate all your suggestions. Happy pinning!
Happy 2012 Summer Olympics!
Every four years, the world comes together to watch athletes inspire friendship, respect, and excellence, and today marks the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
In good sportsmanship, we’d like to feature boards from an Olympian medalist who also loves cooking, photography, and gardening. See Natalie Coughlin share her inspirations on Pinterest.
Good luck to all participating Olympians and happy pinning!
Announcing New Categories on Pinterest!
If you’re brand new to Pinterest and want to discover more pins apart from people you follow, Pinners would tell you to check out the Categories. Clicking the Categories menu lets you view whole sections of pins about your favorite interests, whether it’s “Food & Drink”, “Architecture”, or “Home Decor”.
Now, we’re very excited to announce new categories on Pinterest, including “Quotes”, “Tattoos”, and “Weddings”!
All our old categories have also been improved so you should see less miscategorized pins as you browse. We’ll always be adjusting our technologies to make them more accurate, but we really appreciate the feedback we received to get us to this point.
Lastly, we tweaked a few category names to better showcase the interests and communities we’ve seen grow on Pinterest. For example, “Pets” is now “Animals”, and “Prints & Posters” is freshly minted as “Illustrations & Posters”.
These changes will be rolling out to everyone over the next week, so don’t be worried if you don’t notice them immediately.
We hope you’ll go give the categories a look and have fun repinning or following some new Pinners. And, if you’ve always wondered how to show off your pins in the category feeds, you can read our best practices here.
Happy exploring and happy pinning!