Inspiration via Instagram

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March 23, 2011

One might say that Instagram is on the cusp of a tipping point: Their iPhone app is adding 130,000 new users a week, which is staggering for a company boasting only two employees. Though popular among design enthusiasts, some photographers may turn their nose up at Instagram; however, I find it very Warholian. Everyone with a phone can make art and put a unique treatment on the images they're documenting. The entire process—from shooting to processing to sharing—is easy and fun. I really like the Inkstagram website that creates images galleries of culled from Instagram. Sorted by hash tags, one can search for "modern", "design", "tattoos", or even "Saarinen" to yield an impressive array of inspirational imagery. Unlike traditional web searches for images using Google, these photos are new, user-created, and free of corporate stamp and photographer fuss. Check out some of the photos I found via Inkstagram along with the hash tag search that led to the discovery.

Note: Dwell is now sharing visual inspiration on Instagram—follow us under the username "dwellmagazine."

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  Found through a search for #clocks.
    Found through a search for #clocks.
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  This retro shot of a bedroom found via a search for #orange.
    This retro shot of a bedroom found via a search for #orange.
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  I searched #Japan and found a red-orange sun.
    I searched #Japan and found a red-orange sun.
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  No surprise that a #Saarinen query led to a shot of his iconic Tulip table.
    No surprise that a #Saarinen query led to a shot of his iconic Tulip table.
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  Sometimes, using broad topics—like #design—can result in some great finds.
    Sometimes, using broad topics—like #design—can result in some great finds.
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  Great teal-toned interior found via #architecture.
    Great teal-toned interior found via #architecture.
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  A set of stacked cups found through a #mid-century query.
    A set of stacked cups found through a #mid-century query.
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  #Eames for this cropped out image of a chair.
    #Eames for this cropped out image of a chair.
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  Indeed, this is #modern.
    Indeed, this is #modern.
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  A gallery of chairs popped up through a #Vitra search.
    A gallery of chairs popped up through a #Vitra search.
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  Many different typefaces as found through a #font search. Check out Instagram for more amazing finds!Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
    Many different typefaces as found through a #font search. Check out Instagram for more amazing finds!

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