Think Pinterest is only for finding epic cereal bar recipes, DIY mason jar crafting ideas and cat memes? Think again.
As the Internet’s de factor inspiration engine (more than 50 billion pins have been shared to date), Pinterest is a hotbed for designers and business owners who are curating beautiful boards at the intersection of strategy, design and, of course, self-promotion.
Take a look at how these 25 creatives make Pinterest their own.
In alphabetical order
The creative team at this brand identity/creative strategy/design firm uses Pinterest as a portfolio, inspiration board, and info hub.
A designer with enviable taste and a penchant for virtual organization, Alicia maintains 40 boards full of fashion, graphic arts, food, and interior/exterior design genius-ness.
Some work, some play, Allison’s boards range from her own photography, to life-hacks, to appealing color palettes, to, of course, food.
Kim’s profile works as a clear extension of her personal brand, and for a lifestyle blogger, using Pinterest to attract new readers is a tried and true strategy for building an audience.
Pinning aesthetically satisfying and visually engaging design inspiration, Annie’s profile showcases some of the best 2D and 3D work out there.
Anthony Neil Dart
Over 30,000 pins of product design, photography, illustration, typography, and everything else that can be described as mod or abstract.
Worth following for the “illustrations, measurements, instructions” board alone.
Hailed for her photography and branding skills, Bonnie keeps her boards on point (as you’d expect from someone named “one of the Top 30 Pinterest Curators to Follow” by Time).
Bri Emery, the brain behind designlovefest studio in Los Angeles, knows how to cater to her crowd, keeping the overall feel very girly, fun, and tasteful.
Christine Martinez Loya
Author of “The Complete Idiots Guide to Pinterest Marketing,” Christine knows a thing or two about how to use the sh*t out of this platform. Learn by example.
Darren’s portfolio, some typography inspiration, decorating hacks, and a real estate/home goods wish list make make his profile both personal and professional.
The Pinterest co-founder is no stranger to his own platform and his profile is a bit of a mashup of the best Pinterest has to offer.
After browsing through this architect’s profile, it’s no wonder she has more than 3 million followers. There’s so much here and it’s all the greatest.
A little bit of everything—including advice from Ruth Bader Ginsburg and lots of cute animals—gives Jodi’s collection of pins whole lot of personality.
Another Pinterest influencer with a massive following, Knoop’s boards show a well-honed persona and definite sense of style.
Julian Sebastian Arnold
As an interactive designer by trade, Julian keeps his Pinterest strictly business, pinning thousands of examples of well-executed graphics.
Kasia, a Portugal-based graphic designer, maintains a well curated collection of plainly labeled, laser-focused boards.
If rustic, boho chic is your jam, look no further than Liz’s profile.
Marjolijn’s profile is an amazingly precise presentation of clean aesthetics and crisp architectural design.
Hyper-specific boards covering all areas of design—web, typography, fashion, packaging, you name it—make this Portugal-based designer a must-follow.
Food? Check. Costumes? Yep. Interior design porn? Indeed. With more than 23,000 pins, there’s something for everyone.
Sara’s boards boast pins upon pins of traditional illustration, intricate embroidery, and all sorts of other visual (and salivary) stimuli.
Susie’s profile is part self promotion, part charming olio of art, design, and knickknacks that catch her eye.
Lovers of the whimsical, the feminine, and the elegant will find instant joy from Thea Kennedy’s Pinterest boards, not to mention a few more motivational quotes for the collection.
If you’ve ever wanted to see vintage maps, celestial imagery, lots of photography, and a number of robots all in one place, Verónica is the person to follow.
Who else would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments, even if it’s yourself. 🙂