Ever feel like your mind is overwhelmed with inspiration for a project? Your mind is disorganized and constantly pulling from your environment and surroundings. Although this can be great on one hand, it can also be problematic since it takes focus to actually execute a project. A moodboard can help you cultivate that focus.
What is a moodboard?
A moodboard is a collection of inspirational elements. Literally, a board or space with visual elements that connect to establish a desired aesthetic. Professionals designers refer to is as rapid visual prototyping (like in this blog) , which helps guide the “aura” you want a project to emit.
Why create a moodboard?
A moodboard helps organize your thoughts as a designer by bringing together inspirations into one area. One look and you are brought back to the same concept instead of constantly altering it in your mind, allowing focus if it’s done well. It should emit a feeling or mood you want your designs to carry so that it guides you mentally throughout the design process.
Many times, mood boards are created to help increase satisfaction levels with clients. To put you on the same page with clients. But it can be extremely useful for yourself also, to create cohesive designs and collections. This is often easier done with visuals rather than with words
How do I create a moodboard?
As I am still trying to master creating moodboards (and because it may be different for everyone) , think of the following as rough tips to get started:
- Include photos and settings that give off the desired mood or feeling
- Choose fabrics and color palettes
- Choose any textures patterns prints
- Include any hardware or any physical object (or picture of the object) that brings inspiration
- Be specific with a thought or an image and find things that fall in line with that mood
Care to share your moodboard or moodboard-making tips? Feel free to leave them (or a link to them) in the comments below!