Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Introducing Pinterest to students as a visual research tool

In the last year, we have introduced Pinterest to our games design students as a visual research tool.
We've been exploring images from Pinterest's rich variety of sources to create annotated moodboards and we've been gathering and sharing imagery to inspire and inform design.

Our games design course began using Pinterest in Sept. 2012 as a means of storing and sharing images that inspire. At this point there were many images to be found that would spark the creative imagination but it seemed that few were directly connected with 'game art.' Since then we have seen an increase of games design/art related pins from around the world filling the screen at Pinterest.

We always encourage students to add a reference to their pins,
(Author, date)
In addition to the usual link to the original source, I would love to see a referencing tag option added to each pin which would use Harvard referencing format to cite and link to further sources of reading and study such as academic papers, books, journals, magazines, images etc.

This could either be integrated into Pinterest as it stands,
or their could be a special area within Pinterest for visually based academic research.

This would create a place where students could not only gather inspiration, but could openly share their research pathways with a direct IMMEDIACY that has never before been attempted within academic circles. This would appeal so strongly to young people who think in visual terms and love to work with digital networks.

Click on the image below to see our Games Design course Pinterest network as it currently stands.