Hey everyone -
Have you guys heard of Olioboard ? I’m sure some of you have by now and have already been creating boards, but for those of you who haven’t, I want to encourage you to get on there and let your creative juices flow.
Olioboard is a place where design meets digital technology meets retail. You can view boards (made by people like you and me) create boards, or browse the many products they have in their library. It is a place to be inspired and communicate with other designers.
The boards are easy to create. You simply drag and drop products from their library onto your board. You can then name them and save them in your profile (sort of like Pinterest.) You have the ability to keep them in your profile “privately” or to publish them so that all can see.
Here is a board that I created. I described it as a combination of rustic meets elegance for a Pacific Northwest dining room. Side chairs are slip covered in white twill while the two captains chairs remain casual and comfortable with wicker. The decor accents are about beauty and strength. This is the McKenzie Dining Room named after the famous river that is both beautiful and rugged.
I would consider my board pretty basic but that is the beauty of it. You can keep it simple or add as many elements as you want. I’ve heard that they are going to continue to expand their library with more products, more companies. Oh – did I mention that you can actually buy the products you use to create your board? The price range is wide but you can establish a budget before you create. But you don’t have to buy – just use it all as inspiration only if you prefer.
I just recently created a profile and haven’t had the opportunity to spend a lot of time on it. There are other things you can do on there as well, but my time is limited as it is so to be honest, I will use this as a tool primarily and then if I have some down time, I might just spend some time creating something – for nothing but fun. You can, of course, tweet, pin, or post any board on to Facebook.
How about you? Have you tried it yet? If you have a profile, let me know and I will follow!