Meet HelloSociety Pinterest Influencer Mari Richards from St. Paul, Minnesota! Mari is the blogger behind Small for Big, the creator of the printables website Smallful, and works as a freelance toy and product designer. Mari has a BA in Studio Art, a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, and an MFA in Visual Studies.
“I spent 12 years working full-time as a senior toy designer, with over 30 industry designs and 400 products brought to market, before I figured out I’m happier working for myself.”
When Mari isn’t working or on Pinterest, she can be found at family movie night, reading, playing the piano, napping, researching for her websites, or making just about anything – especially with her 6-year-old daughter Wren. Mari’s passion for DIY & crafts, family, blogging, decor, and fashion has earned her over 349k Pinterest followers!
When did you start using Pinterest and what inspired you to make an account?
I started using Pinterest in the very early days – when it was still in beta. I’m a bit of a hoarder in all aspects of my life. The ability to make my vast and unorganized list of bookmarks more visual had me hooked immediately! I’m such a visual person, browsing images instead of links is much easier.
Why do you like Pinterest?
Though I love to read, I really do understand things visually first. As a designer/artist, it’s the best way for me to search for new ideas, inspiration, shopping, style. So Pinterest suits my process perfectly. I go to Pinterest before I go to Google! It’s also become a great tool to show clients what I’m capable of, and what my style looks like.
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