AMA: I'm Justin Edmund, the first product design hire at Pinterest.

almost 6 years ago from Justin Edmund, Product Designer at Pinterest

  • Justin EdmundJustin Edmund, almost 6 years ago

    Mostly Evan on the original grid stuff, and Andreas Pihlström (http://suprb.com), who we hired, before him on things like Grid-a-licious and Reform Revolution.

    It's entertaining to see, because a lot of the time it doesn't work. There's a lot of reasons why our content uses that design beyond aesthetic. And a lot of thought into things like spacing, flow, and density specifically for our pins. I think when we were redesigning pinterest.com, at least 2-4 weeks were spent just on revamping the spacing of the grid and the pin cells themselves.

    When you port the grid to things like articles and whatnot, it breaks pretty badly if you don't pay attention to details. Many people do not pay attention to details.

    That being said, it's definitely flattering.

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    • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, almost 6 years ago

      Yip, I'd wager most implementations are shoddy rip-offs.

      You lot did a great job. I guess inspiration-wise people shouldn't steal the pattern, as much as steal the persistence you showed in getting this pattern right. Often good ideas get implemented badly. If it's a good idea, stick to it, and tweak until it works.

      Cheers for answering all these questions. Love learning from other people's experiences.

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