Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mood for a Moodboard

If you are in design, chances are you are always searching for inspiration. You will notice the small things. From the nosing of a staircase to food packing. It might be that typography on that one billboard, (though let’s be serious for once, not one billboard ever has a decent typography). It might also be a bookmark or a pin.

Designers use several ways to aid their design process and presenting the clients. Making a mood board is what I find one of the best ways to have your creative juices flowing.

A mood board (in Wikipedia’s exact words) is a type of collage consisting of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition. It can be based upon a set topic or can be any material chosen at random. A mood board can be used to give a general idea of a topic, or to show how different something is from the modern day.

Starting the design with a mood board is great for a few reasons,

1. It helps you to start with a visual aid for your design.

2. It helps the clients to get a better picture and avoids misunderstanding.

However no matter how inspiring the mood board might be, and how good the spaces might look on it. Use it just for that. Inspiration. One time I got so stuck in this one picture of a great courtyard that I started designing the whole house around it, and due to space constraints got meager room of 9’x8’… yeah not ideal.

These things in your moodboards might not directly be related to your design. So even though you make moodboard for initial inspiration don’t limit yourself!

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