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Moodboards – What are they?

I bet you’re thinking, why am I reading a blog post about moodboards? Well, if you aren’t familiar with the world of design, the moodboard is possibly one of the closest friends you will ever have when starting a new project or if you’re suffering from the chronic illness known as Creative-Block. It’s essentially a collage of imagery that shows your tastes, styles, and the idea that is brewing in your brain.  Today we will be showing you the stepping stones on creating your own moodboard.

The First Step

Your first step to creating a Moodboard is to collect imagery from different sources, so this could range from magazines, newspapers or old photos. You can also use online sources such as Pinterest to build your moodboard. Don’t be afraid to grab any image that’s eye-catching and add it to your collection, but as you collect images, keep in mind about the different types of elements that come with design – Layout/composition, colours, typography, materials and shape, what appeals to you the most and why?

What do I do with all these images?!

After gathering your images for your visual mindmap, you then need to start compiling the images together on A3 Boards, this can include paper, foam board, or using digital programs such as Illustrator or InDesign. Take the photos that you feel like are the most relevant to the idea that is booming in your brainbox and think about the composition for your moodboard. Do you want it to look neat and tidy, all images perfectly aligned next to each other? Or do you want it to be messy, free, and explosive? Are you also considering if you want to create multiple moodboards and separate them by different mediums (colour, type, materials etc)? If so, GO FOR IT! Nothing should hold you back when creating a moodboard. You should create it how you want to create it and how you wish to communicate it to not only yourself but to others.

Take a look at the examples below of one of our student’s moodboards!

BRIGHT PRINT STYLE PAPER

The Finished Result

After you’ve completed your moodboard, you’re probably thinking “What the heck do I do with it now?”. This is where you would put it somewhere you would see constantly on a day to day basis as you start to put your idea down on paper – this would be in your workspace, your bedroom, or even sitting across from you on the toilet. The whole idea of a moodboard is to use those images that you felt were inspiring, to start adapting their taste to how you produce your work.

Now then, what are you waiting for?! Get out there and start moodboarding or whatever the phrase is! If you’ve created a moodboard and would like to share your inspirations, be sure to Tweet us or tag us on Instagram!

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