With this latest wonder of bookmarklet social media, you can create a limitless variety of "sets" (essentially mood boards) based on fashion, interior design, beauty, art, and more. A set is built by "clipping" images you find on the web and then using the Polyvore editing tool to artfully arrange them into a collage. Once your lovingly curated set is assembled you can share it with members on the site and promote it via Facebook, Twitter, and the other usual social media outlets.
Polyvore essentially follows a model similar to Pinterest, although it describes its main purpose as "social commerce" rather than pure inspiration. Just like Pintrest, Polyvore will link found images on their site to the web pages from where they were pulled—a boon to companies with products to sell. Even if you aren't interested in this window shopping aspect of the site (and its fashion-heavy leanings), we think Polyvore is a more useful tool than Pinterest for creating smaller visual stories, like the kind we put together when thinking of our ideal clients.
Now that you have the feel of it, think about how you could apply this tool when developing your next surface pattern design collection. Use it for inspiration or even tap into its powerful social commerce functionality by mocking up products with your designs and building a branded set.
Polyvore is worth checking out, so see what is trending and follow Jennifer at J’s Pattern Garden. She is the site's latest addict!
-Jennifer & Kiera