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Top Tool: Polyvore –> Design For Non-Creatives

Autumn Daze

I am seeking your forgiveness. Can you forgive me? You are probably thinking “why?”

I’ve decided to have a little brag on Better Business Better Life but more on that later. I also want to introduce you to a fabulous tool I came across on Victoria McGinley’s Vmac+Cheese blog (you will get to know Victoria better in the next few days).

Say g’day to Polyvore.

For the business owner or blogger with no design skills Polyvore is a dream come true. It simplifies the design process with templates and items that you can drag and drop. No technical skills required. Brilliant, yes?

Admittedly the focus is on women’s fashion but there is no reason why the templates couldn’t be used for menswear, homewares, outdoor gear and more.

Don’t think you are limited to Polyvore’s existing suggestions either. The site has a ‘clipper’ which allows you to import images from other sites to be used in your designs. It’s super easy and the best part? Polyvore will back link directly to the image source ensuring copyright is respected.

Why does this have me asking your forgiveness?

Well, as I mentioned I want to brag a little. The image you see above took me approximately ten minutes to make during my first ever visit to Polyvore. Sure it could be improved. True design experts could pick a million holes in it but for someone lacking design savvy I think it turned out ok. (And I really want those clothes.)

To include the image (above) and links (below) in this post it was as easy as 1, 2, 3. (Ok, more like 1 to 4 but who’s counting?)

  1. Create the image
  2. Click publish then name your image and choose its theme. Hit enter on the keyboard.
  3. Click ‘Post To Blog.’
  4. Copy the HTML code that appears and paste into your blog post.

Sheer shirt
$242 –

Pleated pants
$165 –

Steve Madden high heels
$90 –

Kim Seybert Round Beaded Placemat
$58 –

Sandblasted Manzanita, 18 inches : Blooms and Branches – Decorative…
$9.49 –

Pier 1 Imports – Vanilla Creme Candles
$0.95 –

So do you struggle with design?

If your answer is yes, definitely consider how you could use Polyvore to curate content. You won’t be disappointed.

If you’ve created with Polyvore previously did you find it user-friendly? Is it a hobby or a value adding addition to your content?

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4 Responses to Top Tool: Polyvore –> Design For Non-Creatives

  1. I think your board design is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing this awesome resource. I had heard about it before, but never really thought seriously about using it until now. Oh, it’s going to be fun!

    • It definitely was fun Kimberly! I might be a bit basic for someone of your talents and expertise but for a non-techie it was perfect.
      Thanks for ALL your comments! I love your ongoing support!

  2. HI Caylie, I recently discovered Polyvore. It is something I will come back to when I have time to play.
    I am looking forward to making a cuppa and reading over your blog. Deb

    • Hey Deb,
      Thanks for the comment! I was having a good read of your blog after squash last night. Really enjoyed it and so excited to know another Horshamite is blogging.
      Can’t wait to see what you do with Polyvore.

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