Free Mood Board Maker with Online Templates
Create your aesthetic board in minutes.
A mood board is, by its very nature, a personal collection of thoughts and concepts. Adobe Spark provides you with a range of customization options to ensure that you can create something that truly reflects your thoughts and ideas. Adobe Spark puts the power of creation in your hands. You can resize your text, move it around the page, add special effects filters, make elements transparent, and change border configuration.
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How to make a mood board.
Start with inspiration.
We hook you up with thousands of professionally designed templates, so you’re never starting from a blank canvas. Search by platform, task, aesthetic, mood, or color to have fresh inspiration at your fingertips. Once you find a graphic to start from, just tap or click to open the document in the editor.
Remix it to make it your own.
There are lots of ways to personalize your mood board templates. Change up the copy and font. Sub out the imagery with your photos or browse from thousands of free images right in Adobe Spark. Spend as little or as much time as you want to make the graphic your own. With a premium plan, you can even auto-apply your brand logo, colors, and fonts, so you’re always #onbrand.
Amp up the flair.
It’s easy to add extra flair and personality to your projects with Adobe Spark’s exclusive design assets. Add animated stickers from GIPHY or apply a text animation for short-form graphic videos in one tap. We’ve taken care of all the boring technical stuff so you can focus on your message and style. You can also add collaborators to your project, so you can have more hands-on-deck bringing your design to life.
Resize to make your content go further.
Gone are the days of having to memorize image dimensions for every single platform. Once you’ve landed on a design you like, you can easily modify it for any printed need or social network by using Adobe Spark’s handy, auto-magical resize feature. Simply duplicate the project, hit resize, and select the platform you want to adapt it for, and our AI will take care of the rest. Boom. Content for all your channels in a fraction of the time.
Download, share, or print.
Once you’re finished with your mood board, you can download it to your device, print it out, or share it online. Adobe Spark makes it easy to download in a format that works for you.
Customize based on your mood.
The magic layout function moves your text as you experiment with different layouts, so you always see what your design will look like. Adobe Spark makes it easy to design and create a mood board exactly the way you want it to look. Adobe Spark’s intuitive, easy-to-use functions mean you spend less time trying to figure out how to use the program and more time creating the perfect mood board. Best of all, Adobe Spark is completely free to use.
Let Adobe Spark be your mood board design expert.
Hone your creativity with the power of Adobe Spark Post. Explore professionally designed templates to get your wheels spinning or create your mood board from scratch. Establish a theme for your designs using photos, icons, logos, personalized fonts, and other customizable elements to make them feel entirely authentic. Duplicate designs and resize them to create consistency across multiple types of assets. With Adobe Spark Post, it’s free and easy to make, save, and share your designs within minutes.
Top 13 Mood Board Apps of 2021 [with FREE Templates]
Mood Board Creator
Crafting a mood board with a team? Then, MURAL is your answer.
Taking full advantage of the digital space, Mural offers an array of options for collaborating on a mood board online. Drag images in real-time, start polls, and design mood boards together.
Mood Board Interior Design
Launched in 2010, Pinterest quickly introduced digital mood boards to general public. While most people use Pinterest to show their dream kitchen ideas to their neighbors, it’s still a powerful mood board maker for production needs.
As you design inspiration boards for your own production, Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration. Chock full of mood board examples for film, television, and interior design, Pinterest is a great place to find a mood board example for just about anything.
And for the price of zero dollars, anyone can be a mood board creator.
Online Mood Board
Created by ZURB, PatternTap isn’t the best for production, television, or even fashion mood boards.
Top Mood Board Apps for Video Production – PatternTap
It is great, however, for the distribution end of a production. Specializing in moodboards for websites, you can easily brainstorm ideas for your project’s release website which you’ll need to add onto your EPK (Electronic Press Kit).
WHAT COMES AFTER YOU MAKE A MOOD BOARD?
Once you’ve laid out your general ideas into images, it’s time to make a storyboard and shot list. While your storyboard will fine tune the visuals, your shot list will provide a technical list of what you need to shoot for your crew. While storyboarding usually comes before your shot list, you don’t have to choose in StudioBinder.
Introducing Storyboard Template Builder – Preview your Screenplay
Easily break down your script into shots, which automatically convert into storyboard frames and a slideshow you can send directly to clients.
Mood Board Design
Evernote is the popular cloud-based app that many use for note-taking. It can also be a powerful mood board creator.
Mood Board Apps for Video Production – Evernote
By opening a new note, you can easily drag and add images for your moodboard that can be viewed on your phone, tablet, or browser.
Evernote is ideal for filmmakers and agencies who like to have all of their ideas in one place. But at that point, you may want to upgrade to production management software that stores your contacts, script drafts, and breakdowns in one place.
7. The Matboard
Think Pinterest for creatives.
Featuring curated images from filmmakers, commercial directors, and agencies, it’s a great place to find a mood board example for your production.
You can easily search mood boards by short film, commercial, photography, feature, you name it.
Mood Board Examples
How to make a mood board online? Do you select images and then add them in? Do you search an existing library?
In Canva, you don’t have to choose. Tailored for brand mood boards, Canva is the one stop place for commercial makers and agencies tinkering with a creative brief template.
Canva offers plenty of mood board templates for its price tag, but can you put a price on an idea?
WHY YOUR CREATIVE BRIEF NEEDS A MOOD BOARD
If you’re producing a video for a client, one of the first things you’ll do is submit a creative brief. A creative brief is essentially a proposal for work, outlining your vision. In that vein, a brand mood board gives your client the clearest idea of what you’re thinking.
To get started on yours, check out our free creative brief template formatted for video agencies.
9. Gimme Bar
Gimme Bar isn’t exactly a mood board app, but it certainly is a great mood board asset collector.
Functioning as plug-in on your browser, Gimme Bar allows you to drag videos, images, tweets, etc. from the web storing it in one easy to find place.
While not great for laying out a digital mood board, it certainly comes in handy in the early stages of collecting images as you feverishly re-read your script and cross check your script breakdown.
Free Online Mood Board Creator
Serving purposes from scrapbooks to interior design plans, mood boards are equal parts utilitarian design tool and frivolous aesthetic patchwork. In the past, mood boards are scraps of paper and color swatches pinned or pasted to a bulletin board. Social media platforms like Pinterest and Tumblr have now digitized the mood board format towards multimedia collages that can be shared online.
Creating a custom mood board can help you communicate visual ideas, color pallets, and design concepts more easily than text descriptions. You can brainstorm visual motifs, set the tone for decoration, setting, or experience, and share your vision with others. Here’s some common reasons why people make mood boards:
- Fashion mood board: Show outfit ideas or style inspiration with a fashion collage
- Interior design: Come up with what a room, bookshelf, or space might look like
- Pin, Pinterest board, or Instagram Grid: Layout what your digital space might look like
- Event planning: Get ready for a wedding, party, or experience with unifying ideas to match the decorations and activities.
- Brand kit: Plan an aesthetic strategy for a marketing campaign or company identity
- Wallpaper, Twitter header, or poster: Make a digital asset to post or share online
- Collaboration: Work with a freelancer or designer by communicating what you want an output to look and feel like
- Social media inspiration: Inspire yourself and others by brainstorming cool creative concepts
If you’re looking for a free online mood board creator, I recommend using Kapwing’s Studio. Kapwing’s Collage Maker lets you arrange images, color patches, textures, photos, icons, text, and more on a freeform digital canvas. You can copy/paste pictures, GIFs, and videos from around the web, which makes it easier to use than Photoshop or other heavy-weight computer programs. Kapwing is not an app, but it works on any type of phone or tablet browser.
Here’s how to create a mood board:
- Brainstorm color pallet and anchor images
- Open digital canvas
- Collect digital assets: pictures, GIFs, icons, text, emojis, and shapes
- Arrange layers
- Export and share
Kapwing also has free mood board templates for a head start.
Step 1: Brainstorm color pallet and anchor images
A mood board often starts out with a color pallet and/or a few anchor images. Browse through Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, or Google Images Search to get some vague ideas for what you might create your mood board around. You can also check out the website Coolors for color pallets ideas.
Step 2: Open Digital Canvas
To get started, head over to Kapwing.com and click “Start Editing” to enter the Kapwing Studio. From here, you can start building your custom mood board from scratch.
Choose a size.
If you want a bit of a head start, with pre-formatted mood board-style design layouts, you can use one of our three mood board templates to begin creating your custom design. One is formatted with a square aspect ratio, perfect for hanging on a wall, posting on Instagram, or sharing on Facebook. One is 8.5:11, the exact aspect ratio of printer paper, in case you want to add it to a scrapbook or wall art. The last template is 9:16, the ideal aspect ratio for Instagram posts and phone lockscreens.
Step 3: Collect digital assets
Bring all the multimedia assets onto the canvas that you want to place in your mood board. Drag and drop pictures and screenshots. Copy and paste GIFs, PNGs, and JPG files. Add text layers with custom font and type in text snippets.
From looking over example mood boards online, we’ve observed a few common patterns from There are a few design principles you should follow:
- Put borders between all the sections of your mood board. The Kapwing Studio has precise editing options for your shape and photo outlines, and transparent shapes can be used as standalone borders for you to move wherever you want.
- Switch up your shapes. Not all your images should be square or rectangular, and they shouldn’t all be parallel or perpendicular to the frame. Mix it up with circles, ovals, rounded rectangles, and diagonal arrangements.
- Color is key. Try to put an appealing colorway together before you create your mood board. Simply creating a color palette that you like in Kapwing will give you a good place to start creating the perfect aesthetic for your board.
Every element of your board can be constructed with just a few clicks.
To upload images from your device or search the web for pictures, click “Images” in the upper toolbar. To add your favorite quotes, phrases, or poetic lines, click “Text” and make a text box with custom font, style, color, size, arrangement, and shadow or glow effect. For shape and border elements, click “Elements” from the top menu and experiment with different shapes, styles, and colors.
Step 4: Arrange
Once they’re uploaded to the Studio, you can crop, resize, adjust, rotate, flip, and add borders to your pictures.
Step 5: Export and share
When you’re done assembling and editing your mood board, just click the red Export button in the top right corner and Kapwing will process your project in just a couple seconds. Once it’s ready, click “Download” on the right side of the page and your project will be saved directly to your device. When it’s saved, you can upload it for any purpose: a wall decoration, Pinterest pin, computer wallpaper, phone lockscreen, Instagram post, Twitter header.
For more updates, product releases, content ideas, and creative tips, follow us on social media @KapwingApp. In the meantime, check out some other resources on aesthetic creation and design:
• How to Make Minimalist White Twitter Headers
• How to Design a Book Cover Online
• How to Design a Custom Tattoo Online
• How to Create Social Justice Slideshows for Instagram
Use Your Inspiration – A Guide to Mood Boards
Finding inspiration for design projects is one thing. Organizing it and turning that inspiration into a more cohesive base for creating a design that wows clients and users is an entirely different beast.
The solution? Mood boards.
Mood boards are physical or digital collages that arrange images, materials, text, and other design elements into a format that’s representative of the final design’s style. Mood boards can be used for creating brand designs, product designs, website designs, and pretty much any other type of design project.
Purpose of a Mood Board
Mood boards can serve many purposes, starting with organizing the inspiration around a project. They can be a valuable resource throughout the design project, to help keep the style and aesthetic consistent and on track with a client’s goals and expectations.
Mood boards are also an excellent way to refine a project’s style before diving into the actual design process. They’re a much lower investment than mockups and prototypes in terms of resources and time and can convey a lot about the look and feel of the final design.
Mood boards that incorporate images, illustrations, logos, typography, and color are excellent communication tools. (by Diffusion Digital)
Mood boards are also an excellent way to convey design ideas to clients. When a web designer says “minimalist” or “Grotesk fonts” or “realism,” a lot of clients will be completely clueless as to what that means. But show them a mood board that incorporates those things and they immediately understand and can express whether they love or hate the ideas.
Finally, mood boards can also ensure that design teams are all on the same page when working on a project together. One designer’s idea of minimalist might be a lot more maximalist than their colleague’s.
How to Create a Mood Board
There isn’t just one way to make a mood board. They come in all different formats, shapes, and styles. Some designers create them digitally while others create physical collages. For those who create mood boards digitally, there are a number of options available, from Photoshop templates to dedicated apps.
Creating a physical mood board with photos and color swatches is one option. (by Planoly)
What to Include on a Mood Board
Every mood board is different, and what a designer chooses to include will vary based on the project. A brand mood board might include a lot more elements than one for a package or website design. The important thing is to include as many elements as needed to convey the look and feel of the design being created.
Here are some ideas for things to include in a mood board:
Images: These can include brand images, stock photography, product images, photos found on Instagram or other photo sharing sites, illustrations, and even things like logos.
Colors: Incorporating the design’s color palette is an important part of most mood boards and can be included as swatches or incorporated into images and other design elements.
Visual Metaphors: Visual metaphors are an important part of modern advertising and branding, and can be included if appropriate.
Words: Words that tie into the brand or message that should be conveyed can be an important part of any mood board.
Fonts: Designers should include specific fonts (or at least general font styles) into their mood boards for any design where the text will be prominent.
Textures: Any textures or patterns a design will incorporate should be included in the mood board.
Explanations: As needed, explanations for elements included in the mood board can add context and make it easier to see how all of the different parts will work together toward the end design.
Including explanations for various elements of a mood board lends clarity to the ideas presented. (by Emily Holt)
Settling on a theme can bring cohesiveness to the mood board as well as to the final design based on it. The theme should be closely tied to the goals of the design or brand, though it can be abstract. For example, a kids’ clothing site might have a jungle or carnival theme, but that doesn’t mean it needs to have tigers or clowns incorporated. Instead, a mood board based on those themes could include things like natural textures or primary colors.
Collecting Mood Board Inspiration
Inspiration for a mood board can come from virtually anywhere. Designers often keep swipe files of inspiration, which is a great place to start. Otherwise, look to places like stock photo sites, design galleries, color palette sites like Coolors.co or Design Seeds, the physical environment and physical objects, typography galleries like Typewolf, and even social media (Instagram and Pinterest can be particularly ripe grounds for finding design inspiration).
When collecting inspiration for a mood board, designers should keep the goals of the finished project in mind. They should also keep in mind things like brand values and who the target user will be. These all have a significant impact on the types of inspiration collected.
For example, a website design for a corporate law firm will likely have a significantly different tone and style than one for a street fashion site aimed at teenagers. If designers don’t keep these differences in mind when they begin working on a mood board, the finished board likely won’t resonate with their client.
Not every element on the mood board has to relate directly or literally to the finished design. Finding images that evoke a feeling or general style are just as important as specific fonts, colors, and design elements.
Mood Board Formats
Mood boards can be created in physical or digital formats. There are pros and cons to either one.
Physical mood boards can help digital designers think outside the confines of a screen. These can be excellent for projects taking a lot of inspiration from the physical world. But it can also require a lot of printing and a bit more mess to create. Physical mood boards can also be harder to archive or share with clients or other team members (the best sharing option is often to take photos of them).
This product mood board from Margaux is a great example of a physical mood board. (by Margaux)
Digital mood boards, on the other hand, can sometimes limit a designer’s creativity, in the sense that they’re going to be using the same tools they use on a daily basis, which may mean they’re using the same mindset they always use. In some cases that won’t be a bad thing, but when trying to come up with a truly unique design, it can be a hindrance. Digital mood boards are really easy to share, though, as they can simply be exported as an image file and shared (and some programs allow sharing directly).
Digital mood boards can be a really polished way to present a design style to clients or other team members. (by Milanote)
Mood Board Software
There are a number of software options for creating mood boards. You can use virtually any design program you’re already using (there are templates available for most of them, too). Other options include:
- Pinterest. Creating a board for each project is a great way to organize ideas found online. Boards can be made public or private (and shared with specific individuals).
- Moodboard. Create free mood boards with no account needed. There are templates to help get started or create one from a blank design.
- Moodzer. Moodzer is new to the scene (currently a beta app) but appears to have all the features needed to create stunning mood boards that are easy to share.
- Adobe Spark. Adobe Spark makes it easy to create mood boards in formats that play nicely with other Adobe products. They offer plenty of flexibility for creating mood boards in various shapes and sizes, with a library of stock photos, fonts, and design elements.
- Canva. Canva offers mood board templates and a variety of built-in fonts, design elements, and stock photos.
An example of a minimalist mood board layout created with Canva.
The software used for creating mood boards isn’t important. What is important is that it’s done in a format that sparks creativity and is easy to share with clients or other decision-makers.
One of the biggest advantages of creating a mood board before diving into mockups and prototypes is that it’s a valuable tool for communicating with clients and other team members. When designers create mockups and prototypes first, if the client isn’t happy with the design, it can result in not only wasted time and resources but also a loss of trust if the client feels it’s totally different from what they wanted.
The architecture of this mood board communicates the style of the project very clearly. (by Wray Ward)
Creating a mood board can also prevent the dreaded “I’ll know it when I see it” syndrome with clients. Showing them a mood board gives them something to see that’s still relatively low-fi and easy to create. Designers can even create multiple mood boards if they’re entirely unsure of what the client might want.
Showing clients a mood board early in the process can also mean fewer revisions to the finished designs since it can put the designer and client on the same page from the beginning of the design process. And when designers meet client expectations from the beginning (even when those expectations aren’t well articulated), the client puts more faith in the designer’s abilities.
Whether designers make digital or physical mood boards, they’re an important step in creating a cohesive design style for any project. Spending sufficient time on the mood board phase can result in a project that runs more smoothly.
One of the big advantages of creating mood boards is that there are no real “rules” that dictate what a mood board must include or what it must look like. This gives designers a ton of creative freedom during this phase, which may wane in later phases of design (depending on the particular project, of course).
Given the advantages of mood boards and the lack of drawbacks (other than some time invested), it makes sense for designers to incorporate mood boards into any design project they work on, whether it’s a simple website refresh or a complete branding concept.
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How to make a mood board for your brand
You know your brand better than anyone—your origins, your vision, your goals, your company culture. But when it comes time to convey your brand qualities to a designer, you might find that words fail you. Unfortunately, while designers possess many talents, psychic ability isn’t usually one of them. So how can you accurately communicate your brand? Try a mood board!
What is a mood board and why do I need one?
Mood board for a law firm brand. Via Hoot Design Company.
A mood board is like a collage containing a variety of images, text, and other objects that define your brand and communicate your brand identity. It can even work as a guide in developing a business project, such as a website. Whether you’re just launching your business or rethinking your existing brand, a mood board is a valuable tool, for:
Inspiration. If you’re still in the process of working out your brand identity, a mood board will help bring things into focus, like company attributes, vision, identity, and the emotions you want your brand to convey.
Affirmation. If you’re already sure of who you are, a mood board will affirm and support your brand identity. It will also help you translate concepts like culture and values into tangible things, like design.
Guidance. A mood board that accurately reflects your brand can act as a guide to keep you focused on your brand identity when creating your logo, business cards, website, or other marketing materials.
Communication. A mood board ensures that your designer, company principals and stakeholders understands your brand and your vision right from the start.
Digital or physical?
The process of creating your mood board doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you choose to pull images from the Internet and assemble them online, or grab some foam board, Elmer’s glue, and a stack of magazines is completely up to you.
Digital mood board
Performing an online image search and compiling a digital mood board is easier than ever with the availability of some pretty cool online sites:
Pinterest: Pinterest is a popular online service that allows you to pull images from “pinboards” that have been curated by others. What’s great about Pinterest is that the collections are already organized for you, making it easier to find and choose images you like.
Moodstream: Brought to you from your friends at Getty Images, Moodstream allows you to adjust settings for image search with idea-generation and mood board assisting tools. Detailed filters–like orientation, location, image style—allow you to narrow down choices and cut down on time spent weeding out imagery you’re not interested in.
Moodboard and Mooboard Lite: Moodboard helps you organize, create and share multi-user collaborative mood boards on your iPad for just $9.99. Handy tools enable photo editing, pdf and png export and the ability to organize multiple boards. Moodboard Lite is the free version, offering all the same convenient tools as the paid version, but limited to just one board.
via Cassie Byrnes
Sampleboard: This digital mood board creation tool lets you upload your images and organize them into project files that can be shared on social media or imported into documents. Intuitive and easy to use, it’s a great way to get professional results that can be easily shared with others.
Physical mood board
If you prefer to do things old school, you can create a physical mood board that you can actually touch. To create one, use a foam board base and spray mount images and materials to the surface. Source your collections from magazines, newspapers, old books, your own photos, or materials from a craft/art supply store, fabric store or surplus store, like Axman.
Choose your images and materials
Find a balance
Too much imagery can be confusing and overload the senses, while too little won’t provide adequate direction or information. The key to finding a balance is to start with more items, then weed out those items that don’t match up with your criteria.
Aim for your target
Who is your target demographic? Millennials or seniors? Married couples or singles? Urban, suburban, or rural residents? Male or female? Let’s say you’re business offers holistic therapy and your target demographic is women in their 40s and 50s. With them in mind, ask yourself what kind of imagery they might find appealing? What might capture their interest or grab their attention? Collect those images.
Get the picture
Look for images and materials that convey brand emotions and communicate brand identity, i.e., bravery, strength, leadership, energy, serenity, playfulness or seriousness, simplicity or sophistication, feistiness or calm. Sort through what you’ve collected and start narrowing down your choices. Going back to the therapy example—maybe one of the images you thought your target market might find appealing is flowers. While the picture might interest your audience, does it define your brand? Or could your brand be more characteristic of a healing garden with a water fountain instead?
Stay focused on your message. Don’t include images or words just because you like them. Every time you add something to your mood board, ask yourself, “Does this communicate my brand?” and “Is this something that my target market would find appealing?”
What to include
Really get creative and take your mood board to a whole new level with these ideas:
Consider classic photos, vintage illustrations, or trendy images. Or go one step beyond the Internet or Good Housekeeping magazine and use your own photos. (Pinterest recently introduced a new visual search tool called Lens. “Lens is a tool inside the Pinterest mobile app that functions as a kind of Shazam for objects. Point it at food, furniture, or even the night sky, and Pinterest will return objects that it believes are related.”
What colors define your brand? Think beyond the color of your packaging to colors that convey the same emotions as your brand. Is patriotism a sentiment that your brand evokes, as is reflected in the mood board with iconic British imagery? (You can almost hear “God Save the Queen” when you look at it, can’t you?) Or does your brand suggest brightness and happiness as in the eye-popping yellow mood board? Should your colors be warm or cool? Muted or bold?
Take a step away from being literal into being figurative with images that work as visual metaphors. For example, a fast car for “speedy,” a tiger that is synonymous with “fierceness,” a lock that communicates “security,” or sparkling water to demonstrate “refreshing”
Via M. C. Escher
Infuse your mood board with famous artwork or the styles of popular artists such as Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Van Gogh for a classic or contemporary feel.
Single words or inspirational quotes combined with supporting images can be very effective in describing your brand.
Different fonts and type styles send a message too. For example, a serif font looks very professional and business-like, while a lower-case script font seems more relaxed and informal.
Photos of textures on a digital mood board or the actual materials on a physical mood board inspire thought-provoking messaging. Look for fabric, paper with texture, tiles, buttons, shells, or flowers.
Patterns and shapes
Organic shapes found in nature reflect tranquility and calm, while repeating patterns create visual energy and movement.
Pulling it all together
Now that you’ve collected and sorted your materials and images, position them on your mood board. Concentrate on key themes with larger images, and place smaller images or materials around those to support your message.
Brand identity pack by Daria V.
Producing a mood board for your new business is an ideal first step to help you identify and develop your brand. It will prove useful as a guide when you begin creating your company’s marketing, taking it from mood board to something as impactful and memorable as this brand identity package.
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Creating an Interior Design Plan + Mood Board
A few weeks ago, I shared a few favorite tools that I use to run my design business + blog.
All are must-haves to run my office efficiently (as possible, it’s never perfectly smooth), but my main go-to day in and day out is my Intel 2 in 1 laptop + computer!
From morning till night, this is my #1 for creating design plans to writing blog posts to browsing the web for inspiration.
I’m often asked what programs I use for the floor plans + mood boards I create for my blog and for client presentations. And today, you lucky dogs are going to get the inside scoop…
Whether designing a space for myself or for a client, the process typically starts by gathering inspiration + making notes about the proposed space.
Before an initial meeting with a client, I ask them to look through magazines + search online for spaces & elements that they are drawn to. There’s no need for a common thread or a specific style. That doesn’t matter. Basically, if you love it – for whatever reason – tag it. Later, we can dig through the why do you love it…
The next part of the initial design process is to write down wants, needs, and use of the space + what the objective of the room will be. How do you want the room to feel? If the room could talk, how would the room describe itself?
These first steps gets the ball rolling for me to pull together how the room(s) will look, feel, and function!
Next up, I create a furniture plan for the space(s).
For this, I use AutoCAD. Unlike inexpensive drag & drop architectural programs, AutoCAD is 100% manual to create the plan with exact measurements needed. This program is most used by professionals in the Architectural field and has been around for many years. I use an older version of Architectural Desktop 3.3. Here’s a look…
For those of you who want to create your own furniture plan, there are many drag + drop programs to give a try. Or you can try SketchUp, which is a 3D modeling program.
Simultaneously to creating the furniture plan (I make changes as I find items and can input the exact measurements), I am also scouring the web + my design resource library for furniture and decor elements to create the room that fits the look + feel + function I am designing.
I pull images from the web by saving them to my desktop or taking a screenshot.
Ever take a screenshot – a snapshot of your computer screen – on the web? If not, it’s easy! On your computer keyboard there is a button, PRNTSCR, typically on the top right. Click it and you’ll take a shot of your computer screen at that moment.
This is a screenshot of a rug that was perfect for a loft space I am designing…
Once I have a good handle on about 90% of the items that I want for the space, I start the creation of the mood board. For this part of the design process, I use Picasa, a free picture program to organize + edit. It has a collage-making section and is very user-friendly.
Here is a snippet when I was creating the mood board for the loft…
Once the Furniture Plan + Mood Board was complete, I was ready to print.
Here is the result…
This is the bedroom space mood board…
And lastly, the overall floor plan for the loft…
From the initial thoughts + ideas all the way through to creating a real living space, this is the process of developing the design + making the mood board!
ALL with my Intel computer. I told you it’s my main go-to for running my business.
Along with working on local client projects, I also offer E-Design services to those living anywhere in the US. For those projects, all communication is online. Along with my business + my blog, as I said before, my computer is like my 4th child… a little sad to say, but true.
Interested in learning more about my E-Design program? I offer a slew of services.
Here’s an example of what I can do for you…
There you have it… a peek into how I create a design plan + mood board for clients.
I’m off to meet with a possible new client about another project…
More questions about running a design business? Ask me! I’d also love to hear about your ideas + experiences.
DISCLOSURE: THIS POST IS A PARTNERSHIP WITH INTEL TO SHARE MY THOUGHTS + HOW I USE THE INTEL 2 IN 1 LAPTOP FOR MY DESIGN BUSINESS. #spon
10 mood boards to inspire your UX designs
You might be able to say your brand’s mission statement.
You might be able to tell us your business’s target audience.
Heck, you might even be able to write in your brand’s voice.
But can you tell us what your brand looks like? How it feels? How it tastes? A mood board can help you do exactly that.
With a mood board, we can visualize and express our brand’s qualities in ways words can’t. They can be crucial tools when making design choices for everything from websites to logos to the font you use on your blog. And they can be wells of inspiration for when you need it most.
Let’s take a look at what a mood board is exactly—as well as give you 10 great mood board examples to help inspire your brand’s next big project.
What is a mood board?
We like the definition UX designer (and Inside Design writer!), Clark Wimberley, wrote:
“A mood board is a collection of like-minded design examples, organized and presented to accomplish a task. ”
Like this one here:
Mood boards are typically used for three main purposes:
- Definition. Visually define your brand, product, or marketing campaign.
- Inspiration. Help stimulate creativity by drawing upon different styles and motifs.
- Direction. Act as a guide to help designers navigate any tough design decisions in a project—much in the way a mission statement can help you through a tough business decision.
Think of a mood board as the “North Star” for your design decisions, helping you along the design process by providing a visualization of the emotions you want to evoke.
A study published in the Journal of Business Research has even shown that mood boards help balance coordination with creative freedom when developing products.
“With any good design, you should always keep your target audience in mind. After all, you’re creating the design for them, not you.”
Having a mood board doesn’t just help your in-house design decisions. It can also help attract prospective clients or give current clients a good idea of what the finished product of your designs can be allowing your clients to make changes if they feel something doesn’t connect. That way, you can deliver a product to them that is up to their standard.
What goes on a mood board?
Curating your mood board is a balance of including enough images to convey the emotions and experience you want for your product, while not overwhelming the viewer with too many elements.
Here are a few good tips to help you decide what should go on your mood board.
Look for “threads”
The key to any good mood board is consistency. Someone looking at your mood board should be able to pick up on one or a few recurring thematic elements.
Perhaps it’s a recurring color pattern?
Maybe the style is consistent with a specific era?
Or maybe there’s a specific emotion your images are evoking?
And sometimes, you won’t be able to see these things until you get it all on the board. While you can certainly play and push the boundaries with your mood board, remember that you also need to remain consistent to your brand as well—which brings us to…
Remember your audience
With any good design, you should always keep your target audience in mind. After all, you’re creating the design for them, not you.
Who is your target audience? Where do they live? What are they struggling with and how can your design communicate a solution to those struggles?
For example, if your target audience was thirty-something men living in Topeka, your mood board is going to differ wildly from a brand whose target audience is teenage girls who love Korean pop music. They come from different generations and have different tastes in everything from music to the websites they visit.
This is crucial because your design should always be serving your user.
Mix your media
Don’t be afraid to push creatively with your mood board. That might mean doing something other than gathering and curating images you found online.
“While you can certainly play and push the boundaries with your mood board, remember that you also need to remain consistent to your brand.”
UX designer William Yarbrough did this well during a personal branding project where he wanted to “capture the golden age of air travel.”
To do so, he found a host of original travel tags and postcards from the era to use in his mood board:
Also, feel free to do a mix of physical mood boards AND digital mood boards as well. You should never feel relegated to just one.
How to create a mood board
There are two ways you can create your mood board:
- Physically. This mood board is a board you create using physical materials such as papers, fabrics, and paint.
- Digitally. This mood board exists on digital software and computer platforms.
Let’s walk you through each one to see how you can create them.
“Curating your mood board is a balance of including enough images to convey the emotions and experience you want for your product, while not overwhelming the viewer with too many elements.”
How to create a physical mood board
Back in the olden days when a steak dinner cost a nickel and computers were actual, living people, designers and marketers created physical mood boards in order to get their ideas across.
Even today, there are a number of reasons you might want to consider creating your own physical mood boards.
- They’re tactile.
- You can use a wider range of materials from photographs, paints, and even plants.
- You can add scents to them to smell (as one perfumery did).
- They’re great for in-person presentations.
Naturally, these mood boards are limited by physical space. You might not be able to put absolutely everything you wanted to on the board. You also may not be able to physically obtain all of your inspiring elements. Still, there are plenty of benefits for creating a physical mood board—so much so that even brands like Anthropologie use them today.
If you want to create your own, be sure to keep the following in mind:
Gather your inspiration from everywhere
Now it’s time to curate all the items you’ll need for your mood board. This can be anything that sparks the core mood of your project.
Some areas you can curate your materials:
- Cologne/Perfume scents
Here are a few examples of physical mood boards:
If it’s consistent with your brand and audience, you can likely put it on your board.
How to create a digital mood board
Digital mood boards are much more flexible than their physical counterparts.
- You’re not relegated to a small amount of space.
- You can curate images from all across the web.
- You can easily share your mood board with people all over the world.
Since digital mood boards are so flexible, there are a ton of different ways to create one. You can use one of the many digital platforms to curate your images (as you’ll see below) or you can even simply create a folder and drop images in there.
Whatever you ultimately choose is up to you and your team. If you want some good suggestions for digital tools to use though, here are five that we recommend.
1. Invision Boards
Get your design process together into a familiar, central location. Share your Boards with anyone (even on mobile and tablet devices). Boards support your entire design process—from initial idea to handoff. Sign up for boards and play with an example.
Canva is a free online mood board creator. It uses a drag and drop editor to help designers and marketers create their mood boards. The service also comes with more than 50,000 design templates to help you create a perfect board.
Pinterest is a popular and free social media platform that allows users to curate images and videos onto their own digital boards—making it a fantastic platform for your mood board. Simply create a board on your account and start “pinning” images to it.
4. Sample Board
Sample Board is a digital mood board creator that allows designers and marketers to upload their images and organize them into files dedicated to their projects. Also includes a feature that lets you upload your mood boards onto social media or other documents making it easy to share.
Instagram isn’t just good for meme accounts and keeping tabs on your ex. It’s also a great way to curate and follow great inspirational mood boards. For example, the above image comes from JPPM—a digital art agency that has a “never-ending mood board” on Instagram. You can also use Instagram’s “collections” feature to curate your own board of inspirational images.
10 mood boards to inspire your UX designs
Now that you know how to create a mood board and what goes into creating good ones, here are ten mood boards to help jump start your next design project.
They’re a mix of digital and physical—and also leverage different tools and platforms. Use them to draw inspiration to create your own mood board later.
1. Saxon Campbell
2. Bernice K.
3. Ashley Lynn Fry
4. Beasty Design
5. Lauren Saylor
8. Le Kilt
9. Helle Jorgensen
10. Vivek Venkatraman
Let InVision help with your next mood board
With a good mood board, you’ll be able to inspire, guide, and define your brand or project with ease. What your mood board looks like is ultimately up to you.
We’re big fans of mood boards here at InVision. So much so, that we decided to create a powerful tool on our app to help designers and marketers create the best mood boards possible.
With Boards, you’ll be able to create custom mood and brand boards, share image galleries, and professionally present your design assets to impress any client.
A few benefits of using Boards:
- Intuitive. With features like built-in layout options and interactive designs, Boards helps make your design experience both easier and more fun.
- Collaborative. Boards allows multiple users to comment, download, and share. This creates a space conducive for teamwork and collaboration.
- Beautiful. With Boards, you’ll be able to create gorgeous mood boards that tell the visual story of your brands and products.
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90,000 10 Easy Online Collaboration Services – VistaCreate Blog
Viral ideas and legendary designs are usually not created by lone rangers, but by strong teams. And the more convenient it is for them to exchange ideas, the faster the work goes and the better the product is.
If you work in the same office, all questions can be discussed by sitting at a colleague’s screen. But if you are on different floors, in different cities or even continents, it will no longer work to come up with and improve designs in this format. In this case, online collaboration services will help.We have collected 10 simple services that help you work on visual content remotely and in a few pairs of hands. All the useful stuff is here: map intelligence, task schedulers, and collaborative editing services.
Search and storage of ideas
It rarely happens that a brilliant idea comes to mind out of nowhere. More often than not, some solutions give rise to others, and then painstaking refinement begins. Therefore, it is important for a designer not only to be inspired, but also to share with the team everything that prompts interesting thoughts. Dribbble – for understanding trends
The Dribbble platform is a live screen that shows what thousands of designers from all over the world are currently working on. If you can spot a trend taking off anywhere, it is here.
Screenshot of the Dribbble page with the work of different teams
The service invites graphic creatives to create teams and share their working layouts so everyone can see what they are creating right now. Accordingly, you can observe what kind of work other teams are engaged in – from unknown to eminent ones like Facebook, Slack, Amazon and MailChimp.A three-person team subscription costs $ 12 per month (the more people, the higher the rate). In the paid mode, you can create a collective portfolio, look for new employees or the whole team to look for new projects.
Lingo – to create a library of components
If Pinterest can be used to openly store multi-format references and interesting solutions from the network, then Lingo is conceived as a private library of components specifically for your product.
Screenshot of Lingo page describing features
Lingo is a convenient place to store everything about your visual style – from logos and branding photos to corporate fonts and color schemes.You don’t have to turn over all the notes in your notebook to find what shade your red should be or what font you can use for the labels – all this is detailed in Lingo.
Basic Lingo plan is $ 15 per month for a team of 5. Before you upgrade to the paid version, you can use the demo for 30 days.
Pinterest – for creating moodboards
The visual social network Pinterest is an inexhaustible source of ideas.
Create a shared Pinterest account for your entire team and create moodboards (boards with pictures for inspiration).Collect photos and illustrations there that will push you to create something of your own.
Search results for 1950s vintage posters on Pinterest
On Pinterest, you can either wander through other people’s folders, boards, and take the most interesting from them, and transfer finds from the network, or simply upload your work from your computer. You can create boards solely for inspiration, or you can create boards for specific design tasks – to collect references for composition, colors and styles.
Pinterest is free to use with no restrictions.
Working with ideas
It takes a lot of time and creative energy to synthesize several ideas into one. Concentrate them on a common point – gather a team on one virtual board and together create prototypes of future design.
Mindmeister – for brainstorming
If you need to generate a new solution or just decompose the problem into its components, you can go nowhere without mind maps. You can work with them alone, but better collectively – the more participants, the more chances you have to look at the task from all sides. Screenshot of the window with the mindmap of the design project in Mindmeister
Mindmeister makes it easy to create maps from scratch, but if you need help, it has map templates for common tasks (for example, a brief for a design project or a marketing plan).
In the service, it is convenient to collect a multi-colored card with ideas for designing a new advertising campaign or to think over a series of gifs. To collectively edit the mindmap, send an invitation to your colleagues.
In Mindmeister, you can make three mind maps for free. You can create more cards on a paid plan – $ 8.25 per month per person. Mural – for finalizing ideas
Mural is a virtual whiteboard on which you can draw, write and apply stickers with inscriptions in real time.
Gif-illustration of work in Mural
This service helps not only those involved in graphic design. Here you can think over the appearance of the product, and the marketing strategy, and draw portraits of customers. It will also be convenient for designers and illustrators here, at least at the level of synthesizing ideas for a new concept.
The service can be used for free for 30 days, then only by subscription, $ 12 per person per month.
Communication and planning
There are as many approaches to creating designs as there are designers. To reach a common goal, you need to discuss opinions and negotiate, and also carefully plan the work in order to deliver the project on time.
Slack – for working dialogues
Comments and notes can be left on almost every platform in this collection. But full discussions are best done in closed working groups.
Slack chat page on desktop and mobile
In Slack, they communicate in groups or communicate in separate chats to discuss a task one-on-one.Participants can attach files and integrate other services (for example, Google Drive, InVision or Figma), and also set up a preview to immediately evaluate the added picture. Another plus is the ability to connect to specialized channels, including those by design (for example, Animation at Work or The Designership).
Slack is free to use by teams of any size, but this way you can view only 10 thousand of the latest messages and connect 5 additional services. If you need more, you will have to switch to a paid plan – $ 6.67 per user per month. Asana – for work planning
There will never be a winner in arguments over which task planner is better. Someone likes the austere Trello, someone is imbued with the multifunctional Basecamp or some other platform. Asana is an average option, easy to use, but still has enough features for a typical design or marketing team.
Screenshot of the window with task cards in Asana
In Asana, you can discuss ideas and fully manage projects – it all depends on how you set up your task board.The service integrates with file storages (DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive) – documents can be attached in a second. For designers, Asana is convenient in that the last attached illustration is displayed in the main picture of the card. So the most recent version of the picture is immediately visible.
On a free plan, you can invite up to 15 people to a team, and for each next member you need to pay an additional $ 9.99 per month.
The fun begins when a concept grows into a living product.At this stage, you will need services that help turn words into a picture – and quickly share intermediate versions of the future result.
VistaCreate – for creating designs
VistaCreate online graphic editor allows you to create static, video and animated content in 40 formats – from illustrations for social networks and video ads to presentations and posters. It’s easy to create files from scratch here, or use templates that are easy to edit.
In VistaCreate, you can make multiple designs and send them to colleagues or clients for approval by clicking the Share button at the top of the editor window and selecting Share Link.Using a link, you can share not only pictures, but also animated images. This is useful if you need to quickly approve the design of a new Instagram story or ad for Facebook without uploading them to separate services.
Screenshot of the window with sharing options in VistaCreate (above) and Instagram story, which was shared using the link (below)
In VistaCreate, you can create static images for free (including multi-page formats), and to work with video content you need to upgrade to PRO – $ 16.67 per month. Wake – for finalizing layouts
The illustration will turn out to be of high quality only when several pairs of hands are working on it. Wake will help to implement this. On this platform, it is convenient to see what the team is currently working on, leave comments on the design directly in the illustrations and compare the design changes.
To add an illustration to the platform, you just need to take a screenshot. When publishing, you can select the status – “in progress”, “comment needed” or “approved”. All members of the group receive the notification and can immediately join the discussion.Designs and comments are synchronized and the whole team can see them in real time.
Screenshot of the window with comments on the design in Wake
The service is free for a team of up to 15 people and 5 projects. If you need more options, you can upgrade to a paid plan with a 30-day trial period. The price of the subscription in each case is announced by the Wake sales department.
Google Drive – for storing files
Google Drive is the first thing that comes to mind when you need to organize file sharing.In Google Drive, files and folders can be assigned different access levels – this is necessary if users from different teams work with folders (for example, from the side of designers and from the client side).
Screenshot from the page with formats that can be stored on Google Drive
Each new user gets a virtual disk for storing 15 GB of files, but this can be expanded to 100 GB or 1 TB for an additional $ 1.99 and $ 2.99 per month, respectively.
The times when everyone developed and implemented ideas in one office are long gone.You may never meet your colleagues in reality, but with the help of cloud platforms, create cool things together.
There are many tools for teamwork on designs – each with its own characteristics, capabilities, style and interface. To choose from them those that will help, and not strain, is not an easy task. Here are some tips to help you navigate:
- Go from simple to complex, not vice versa. Choose services that you can understand in just minutes.If something seems too difficult to you at the start, then colleagues may get lost.
- Don’t save. Often the most interesting lies in the territory of the paid subscription. If you feel that the tool as a whole suits you, do not spare $ 5-10 to see its full potential.
- Listen to others. Collaboration services, by definition, should be convenient for everyone. If someone on the team is chronically uncomfortable using the platform, it is worth considering an alternative.
Earlier, we talked about 22 must-have tools for SMM in 2019 – most of them also involve teamwork and some of them are related to design.]]>
90,000 The Modern Marketer’s Toolbox: Tools for Effective Creative Brainstorming
Brainstorming teaches how to stimulate creativity on command. In particular, marketers and creatives are working to leverage these tactics and improve our ability to dive deep into our brains and pull out the unexpected.While not always the easiest task, brainstorming often leads to new strategies based on creativity and programmed to steer our marketing in the best direction. To stimulate and facilitate open brainstorming, we’ve put together 20 tools suitable for both offline and online thinking to make this important task as effective as possible.
With the advent of technology, it is tempting to abandon traditional brainstorming tactics in favor of their online counterparts.Not so fast. A good old chalkboard is a classic brainstorming tool that can’t be washed. Chalkboards and – slightly more modern – whiteboards are ideal for brainstorming in person. Chalkboards provide an opportunity to draw or write any ideas that come to mind, allowing group members to interact while working together. When the brainstorming session is over, simply erase your ideas to prepare for the next time you need a blank slate of it.Want to remember your list or chart for later? No problem. Take a photo of your board so your concepts can live long after they disappear.
2. Easel Pad
Like a chalkboard, easel pads are a simple tool for gathering ideas in person. With multiple pages at hand, it’s easy to segment, reorder, and revise ideas. Easel Pads is a handheld mind map. They are a permanent home for collecting thoughts from a group of people together.Easel pads are the perfect companion for field meetings, are easy to transport, and useful when brainstorming in non-standard locations.
Notes are small, portable and ideal for writing and organizing a variety of ideas. Small in size and in a variety of colors, stickers are ideal for capturing individual ideas and grouping them into categories. The Content Marketing Institute recommends writing your problem down on a whiteboard (you will need tools one or two for this) and giving each team member a stack of notes to jot down solutions to the problem.After each member has exhausted their ideas, ask them to individually share each entry with the team. Group similar ones for ease of use. At the end of this process, you will have many ideas to discuss, improve, and narrow down in the group.
Research is clear – walking improves creativity. Take a group walk inside the office or on the path outside and turn your next brainstorming meeting into a walking meeting.Your team will be more energetic, more likely to come up with effective ideas, and more comfortable to communicate. Looking for a beautiful place to brainstorm in Minneapolis? Visit our charming St. Anthony Maine area and take a scenic walk along the St. Anthony Falls Historic Trail, a journey overlooking the river and historic checkpoints.
5. Card Game
Card games with brainstorming encourage creativity and fun in what can otherwise be a daunting task.These card games can either facilitate group discussion or apply directly to your brand’s marketing. Buy a brainstorming deck and draw cards one at a time. With most decks, you will have a concept or question to discuss. Encourage everyone to offer suggestions and openly study each answer. If the discussion can be applied to your brand, be sure to document the results of the game. Try Thinkpak for a general brainstorming session, or pre-order the Brand Deck for brand-related discussions.
Magazines are a key source of creative inspiration. Sign up for print or online to stay creative. An unexpected ad, article, font, color, or photograph can grab your attention and spark an idea. Don’t limit yourself to just creative or art magazines – subscribe to a publication on a topic of interest and you might be surprised where the inspiration comes from. Some of our favorites are Wired, Print Magazine, and Communication Arts.
7. Pantone Books
Thinking about color ideas? Always have Pantone books handy. Hand out paper books and tag your favorites. These books allow you to see true colors without the inconsistencies inherent in screens. If you prefer to use digital technology, Pantone has its own colors on the web in addition to useful color apps. Pantone isn’t just good for color picking. Colors can highlight feelings and moods, perfect for mood boards.If you are brainstorming and are in a certain mood, surround yourself with flowers that evoke those emotions. Are you working on a friendly or fun campaign? Choose bright, bold colors like orange or red. Do you want to create a sense of calm and serenity? Look at the blue and green sections of your Pantone books.
Sometimes the best inspiration comes from the things you have already created. Past work can often evoke new ideas, thoughts, or feelings after they have surfaced from deep within your memory or filing cabinet.Keep an archive of your past marketing samples handy to use during your brainstorming session. If you had similar goals for a previous project, see how those goals were achieved. Take a look at the use of color, typography, and messages, and let these attributes shine a light on your current project.
9. Inspirational Spaces
Create unique, inspiring spaces that your team can go to when they want to brainstorm.Sometimes, in order to light up a light bulb, it is enough just to change the environment. Create multiple lounges throughout the office where colleagues can gather and individuals can snuggle up and brainstorm. Another similar tactic is to create a military room in your office or studio. Decorate and customize yours using a combination of the above tools and any elements you think will spark quality ideas in your group.
10. Brainstorming Spreadsheet
For a more structured approach to brainstorming, download the HubSpot Brainstorming Key.This key will guide your group through five steps to finding topics and headlines for your content marketing. Write down your topic, audience familiarity with that topic, content structure, environment, and start listing ideas on the topic. This table can be completed as a group meeting or individually. If your team fills out the key on their own, we recommend getting together to discuss ideas and choose the strongest ones to move on.
A simple and effective way to list ideas: Create a shared Google Doc. Get together in a group or share a document online to develop common ideas. The next time you need to brainstorm on a topic or topic, write the topic as the title of your document, and then list all the words that come to mind related to that topic. After each team member has shared their ideas, go through the list and flesh out the finished concepts.This method is especially useful when naming your brands, products, or companies. Edit and share your Google Docs with your colleagues and take advantage of the unlimited space provided by a digital document.
Mind maps are visual word banks that display natural connections between ideas using lines and colors. Coggle is a simple mind mapping tool to create easy-to-understand diagrams that you can share.The free version allows you to download an unlimited number of charts and images, as well as integrate with Google Docs. There are also two paid options available with additional features such as presentation capabilities, inclusion of high-resolution images, data backup, and brand customization.
13. Fox Whiteboard
Fox Whiteboard combines a classic board with 21st century technology. Fox Whiteboard has all the benefits of a standard whiteboard, a clean whiteboard, the ability to draw or write, the ability to use any color, and the ease of erasing mistakes or bad ideas.The only difference is that the board is connected to the Internet. Share, save, and print your whiteboards for a more collaborative brainstorming session. As a bonus, Whiteboard Fox is tablet compatible so you can brainstorm on the go.
For ideas for your next marketing project, visit Pinterest. This popular social network is perfect for creating many organized mood boards. Share boards with your colleagues and give them access to pin codes for joint brainstorming.Since Pinterest allows you to make boards public or private, you can choose whether you want your audience to share, view, and shine light on your Pins. Many Pinterest plugins and apps let you pin information from different locations and devices, so you can add them to your boards when inspiration strikes. Visit our Olive & Company Pinterest page to learn how to use boards to analyze ideas, work samples, and materials to use during your brainstorming session.
Mural.ly is the ideal tool for remote team brainstorming. The interface starts with a blank online canvas. Add your thoughts as they come and eventually organize them to form a collage of finished ideas. Upload links, photos, videos and files. Take notes or sketch on digital stickers. After adding ideas, it’s easy to organize them spatially into groups or diagrams. Mural.ly integrates with YouTube, Vimeo, SlideShare, Evernote, and Google Drive, so you can easily access the media you need to support your ideas.In a group, you can view the activity of each wall art to see who contributed what to the canvas, add suggestions or comments, and vote for your favorite ideas. Mural.ly is not a free service, but tiered pricing allows you to choose the package that best suits your needs.
If you want to create a beautiful online mood board platform optimized for creatives, try Niice.Find and develop design ideas and create online mood boards. Collaborate with your team to create each board using each member’s unique discoveries online. Niice’s look is similar to Pinterest, so if you’re a fan of the popular social network, this is a good addition.
If you are using Apple products, this tool should be on the top shelf of your mind map toolbox. MindNode is your simple and beautiful interactive smart map, integrated with all your Apple devices.Through iCloud or Dropbox, you can view and edit your maps on your phone, tablet, or computer. Convenient export options let you share your maps on other devices. MindNode is available on the App Store for $ 9.99.
18. Moodstream from Getty Images.
Getty Images Moodstream is a unique brainstorming tool that uses images, footage and / or video to direct your creativity in a new direction. Manually change your mood settings (from happy to sad, calm to serious, etc.)Or choose from six presets including Stabilize, Inspire, Arousal, Refresh, Gain, and Simplify. Depending on your mood, you will be presented with a stream of images, video and audio that matches the aesthetics of that mood. Select your favorites to drag and drop to the mood board, which you can save for later use.
Brainstorming in a team requires stimulating the collective intelligence of those you meet.Do you need to do this with team members who cannot meet in person? To fully interact with colleagues, use Notism, a visual collaboration tool. Discuss ideas, share and criticize visual content, prototype mobile and web designs, deliver presentations, and integrate with Basecamp for task management.
20. Liveshare PS
For many creatives, most of the work is done entirely in Photoshop.Invision’s plug-in for Photoshop, Liveshare PS, lets you host designer meetings directly from your favorite software. Criticize your marketing design right in Photoshop and brainstorm improvements or future projects. During a Liveshare meeting, you can draw directly over images, have a group chat, and view the marked cursors of participants. Liveshare PS also lets you preview projects on your mobile device so you can participate wherever you are.
Distance learning – Russian language and literature lessons
Distance work with pupils of 6- “A” and 6- “B” grades using the online information resource of the Padlet board. Literature lesson “Learning to read expressively. Native nature in the poems of Russian poets of the XX century. ”
We invite everyone to the poetry evening “With love for the Motherland.”The endless expanses of the Russian land, its dense forests, fast rivers, flowering fields and meadows, its high sky and transparent air, filled with the scent of warm earth, are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for chanting in poetry. Russian and Soviet poets never tired of confessing their boundless love for Russia in their poems about nature. This love filled the lines with lyrical images of a Russian village, a thin birch tree, and the smell of freshly cut grass. It is the poems about nature, created by the talent of Sergei Yesenin, Afanasy Fet, Fedor Tyutchev and other poets, recognized as the best in their work.They reveal to the reader the modest and pure beauty of our Motherland. Get inspired by the images of Russian poets. Listen to each other, learn from each other. Take care of yourself and your loved ones!
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Lesson of extracurricular reading in 6th grade. The Veld Reading Club by Ray Bradbury.Discussion platform. Efremova A.A.
Native literature lesson in 5 “A” class 09.04.2020. Composition-miniature “My unforgettable encounters with nature” Glushkova G.V.
Native literature lesson in 5 “A” class 09.04.2020. Essay-miniature “My unforgettable encounters with nature” Creative work implies a description of the student’s personal impressions, that is, to complete it, one should remember at least one encounter with nature.It can be anything, just a walk in the woods or on the riverbank.
… Have you ever watched how leaves fall from trees in autumn? Have you noticed how bizarre and unpredictable they whirl in the air in calm weather? Did you feel the lightness of rustling foliage under your feet? Have you watched the mesmerizing dance of the myriad of snowflakes? Have you heard the chime of the first streams in the spring forest? Have you tasted the heady aroma of luscious herbs in the fields? Only one master can create such a miracle – nature! Her creations admire, make you want to share your impressions of what you saw, but are there always enough words to convey the perfection of what nature has created …
Performing creative work, the guys tried to get imbued with the feelings and impressions they experienced when meeting nature.The writer K.G. Paustovsky dreamed of living to one hundred and twenty years. He believed that “one life is not enough to experience to the end all the charm and all the healing power of Russian nature.” The nature of our vast Motherland, full of poetry and charm, touches and excites every person.
The closer a person is to nature, the richer, more imaginative, and brighter his language becomes.
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The most important thing in preparing for any celebration is the idea and a clear plan for its implementation .Therefore, first of all, you need to decide what you really want. Wedding professionals told us how the so-called “inspiration boards” can help in this.
What is a moodboard?
Tatiana Parshina, Catless Decor : “When preparing for the wedding, the newlyweds have a lot of ideas and ideas about what the most important day should be. To collect all thoughts into a single whole, the “moodboard” comes to the rescue, which translates as “mood board” and is a collage of several images (no more than 10), united by a common idea, that is, in fact, this is a visual representation the concept and nature of the future celebration.
It is quite easy to create a “moodboard” yourself, themed wedding sites can help with this. Just save the pictures you like with decorative elements and group the ones you like most into a single whole. A ready-made “moodboard” will help newlyweds when meeting with an organizer or decorator, it will bring clarity and an idea of how the wedding celebration should look like. ”
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Advice for brides
Maria Andrianova, head of the WHITECAMELIA studio : “Moodboard is a photo collage.It shows you which style can most accurately convey the mood of your wedding. This is a great opportunity to assess whether aligns with your idea of the ideal wedding. Moodboards as we know them came to the wedding industry from advertising. This is how designers showed clients sketches of future advertising campaigns.
Making your board is easy – you need to collect all the pictures you like and make sure that they are in the same color scheme and in the same style.Remember to show how the invitations, bridal bouquet, couple look, ceremony design, banquet decor and, of course, the wedding cake will look like. You can collect all the details yourself, but it is better to entrust the process to a decorator, because you like all the photos and the most difficult thing is to correctly assess which details are combined and which are not. ”
Advice for professionals
Anastasia Rogozina, Soul Made Factory : “Moodboard is the starting point for decorating.The task of the mood board is to reflect the main idea of the event, color palette, texture, reveal the character of the upcoming celebration through the client’s individuality and immerse the client in the atmosphere that will reign at the event. Thanks to the mood board, the client can understand whether the decorator heard him, whether he was able to find a highlight and reveal the client’s personality.
Moodboard is not a sketch of a project, its task is to immerse the client in the atmosphere and reflect the main idea, taste, aroma, reflect sensuality and touch the deepest strings of the soul.If you can find an emotional response from the client, then the project is yours. ”
90,000 Sources of Inspiration: Where to Look for Interesting Ideas for Every Day | Russia-Online
You can look for inspiration in familiar places: in nature, in museums, interesting books, sudden trips and meetings with friends. However, in the modern world there is another option – the Internet. Various sites can inspire both everyday and creative activities. The collection contains useful online resources from where you can get ideas and inspiration.
- Pinterest Web Service
Pinterest is a kind of social network where users post Pins: illustrations, photographs, sketches, film shots and much more. Users post their own content or save what they like in special folders called boards. They can be made open, or you can close access to everyone except yourself. You can find anything on Pinterest: home ideas, cool sketches and references, makeup hacks, fashion looks, and more.
- AdMe Internet Magazine
AdMe is a site that hosts simple articles with lots of pictures. There is a lot of both entertaining and educational content here. For example, you can learn how to draw arrows correctly or do contouring, what kind of bloopers were in your favorite films and what accessories are now popular. In addition, the site has a lot of inspiring content: motivating stories from life, interesting experiments, bright ideas for an apartment, unusual works of artists.
- Time Princess Mobile Game
The Time Princess game gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a certain era and build your own story. You can visit Versailles during the time of Louis XIV, in Russia during the reign of Catherine and even in America of the 20th century. Inspiration is brought not only by the amazing atmosphere, but also by the gameplay. Time Princess combines a quest with interesting dialogues and the creation of images: you can choose clothes for the main character, accessories, makeup, hairstyle and customize the outfit in every possible way.In addition, the game’s developers, Lord Mobile, stimulate creativity by regularly offering players interesting contests.
- DeviantArt Gallery
The DeviantArt Commercial Gallery is the place to find works by renowned photographers, contemporary artists and comic strips. This is a real paradise for those looking for inspiration: the gallery features works for all tastes. For ease of use, you must register. DeviantArt has both free and paid features, and some authors list their work for sale.
- Visual Social Network Instagram
It is banal, but true: there are a lot of materials on Instagram for inspiration. Starting from specific people who talk about their lives, and ending with various ideas for creativity, interior decoration, creating images and make-up options. You can subscribe to someone’s blog, or you can look for inspiration in the recommendation feed. Among other things, Instagram is a visual social network, which means that you can be inspired not only by text, but also by bright and high-quality photos.
- Music in InMood
InMood can find music for a specific mood or state of mind. The site will offer collections that are relevant at the moment – just select a keyword. For example, “loneliness”, “positiff”, “sadness”, “calmness”, “dreamy” and more. The developers have tried to make the collections as suitable as possible for the requests. In addition, the resource can be improved – users vote for their favorite tracks.
- Jamie Oliver Website
Sometimes inspiration is needed for everyday activities such as cooking.And the site of the famous English chef and restaurateur Jamie Oliver awakens the desire to quit everything and start cooking. Here are not only various recipes, but also colorful and mouth-watering photographs. Of course, Jamie Oliver’s official website is in English. However, if problems arise with the translation, there are many Russian-language sites on the Internet with iconic recipes from Jamie.
90,000 Moodboard: Space for Inspiration | Blog 4brain
Moodboard is an interesting word, isn’t it? Do you feel how creativity emanates from him? It is understandable, because literally mood board is translated as “mood board”, and in more detail, it is a panel or presentation that reflects the style of the future design project.This visualization method is widely used in creative circles.
In the article we will tell you what a mood board is and how to make it yourself, and most importantly – why such a “board” can be useful in general.
What is a mood board for?
Imagine, you worked hard and long on a project, selected colors, font, style, texture, and as a result, the customer looks at your work and frowns meaningfully. Yes, he didn’t like it, but that doesn’t mean that your idea is bad, it means that he had a different idea of the final result.
To avoid such situations, a mood board is created, which is agreed upon before starting work on the project.
This is what might include a “mood board”:
90,054 90,055 photographs and images;
90,055 examples of similar products;
Moodboard can contain everything that can convey the mood of a future project and finally form an idea of the final product for both the customer and the contractor.You can return to the visual representation of the idea at any time if disputes suddenly arise during its implementation. Convenient, isn’t it?
Moodboard is used in architecture, web design, advertising campaigns, fashion, as well as in preparation for a photo shoot and in creating a video. In short, in any creative field.
This is not an obligatory stage of the work, but it greatly facilitates it, because it is easier to agree on all the details at the start than to make several options for a project to choose from, and all due to the fact that initially there was no clear understanding of what really needed to be done.
Sometimes it is much more difficult to solve a question and agree in words than to explain something visually. The advantage of a mood board is that it doesn’t take a lot of time to create.
This can literally be a board to which you attach the necessary elements to convey the mood of the project. But now computer technologies are most often used to create it. We will talk about useful programs further.
Programs for creating moodboards
We have selected services for you that will allow you to assemble a mood board quickly and efficiently, taking into account all your wishes.There are not only constructors, but also tools for inspiration.
Services for creating mood boards:
- Pinterest . It will help to create “boards” of different subjects, using links to your materials. The service is convenient as a repository of ideas, while it itself will offer you various options for images based on requests. The program is not suitable for creating ready-made collages. Registration on the site is free. And here is the site of the service itself.
- Eagle. The application allows you to group pictures by colors, keywords and other characteristics.It works with all file formats, saves images from the browser and has many other features that make the mood board development process as fast as possible. The service is paid. You can read the terms and conditions and the service itself here.
- Canva. This app is popular with social media content creators, but it works great for our purpose too. The service offers free and paid layout options. The program can be operated from the phone, i.e.because there is a mobile application. Here is a site where you can get acquainted with the tool in detail.
- Bannersnack . The service offers ready-made templates for creating “boards” and advertising banners. There is a paid and free use option. More information about the program can be found on the official website of the constructor.
- SampleBoard . A paid service in English that syncs easily with Pinterest. It is popular with designers and event planners. There is an image editor, a template builder, tools for importing moodboards.Find out more here.
- Miro. A popular program for creating diagrams, kanban boards and other types of visualization, including mood boards. There are no ready-made templates here, you can upload your images and make notes. The program can be viewed here.
- Runway Palette . This service was created for those who are fond of fashion, although it will be of interest to absolutely everyone. The site is a joint project of Google Arts and The Business of Fashion.Shown here are fashion shows from the last 5 years, grouped by palette. Rate it yourself by looking at the service website.
- Niice. A comprehensive mood board service that is perfect for teamwork. You can use the tool as a repository of materials and work with them with colleagues. The free version contains a number of restrictions on use. There is a paid subscription. More details here.
- Dribbble . Inspiration app.In this online service, designers, illustrators and other creative professionals post their work and evaluate the projects of other authors. You can take a look at their work here.
- Behance . A service similar to the previous one, which brought together creative professionals from all over the world. Here you can post your work for free and simulate your “mood board”. Here is the sevis website.
- Adobe Spark . The tool includes several Adobe applications and allows you to create graphic content, including a mood board.Here is the official website of the program.
As you can see, there are tons of useful applications that will simplify the creation of moodboards, without needing to know Photoshop.
So, when we now have a brush and paints at hand, it remains to decide what we will draw. Let’s talk about the stages of creating a mood board.
Stages of creating a mood board
Moodboard is not a chaotic arrangement of pictures and other elements in one space, but a visual display of the essence of a future project.The content of the mood board should be complete, images and inscriptions should not contradict each other.
To make things easier for yourself, we suggest that you follow steps in creating a “mood board”:
- Decide on a goal. It is important to understand why you need a mood board: for personal purposes or for commercial presentations? From this stage, the formation of style and color scheme begins.
- Find images that symbolize the project. To do this, you need to carefully study the details and the competitive environment.
- Refer to past experience. Surely someone has already worked on a similar product or the product itself looked different before.
- Use what inspires you. No, it’s not about pictures that are directly associated with the product, but about what you personally like. These can be images, signs, poems, and even simple flyers. Add them to your repository and use them in your mood board.
- Decide on the color and font. It is better to do this early than to remember at the time of the project.They should be combined with the overall picture and convey the main idea of the work.
- Take another look at the mood board and see what’s missing. Revision all used elements and remove unnecessary ones.
It is important to understand that a mood board is not a copy of a project, it is a concept that the designer will adhere to when implementing it. If the mood board contains a picture of colors, then it is most likely about the color palette, smooth lines and transitions.
It is believed that the “mood board” does not have any restrictions, but still there are several creation rules, and they will definitely come in handy.
What shouldn’t be added to the mood board?
Moodboard should be understandable even to those who are not related to the project.
Here are a couple of tips that should not include in the mood board:
- Incompatible and opposite elements. This is disorienting and makes it difficult to create a clear idea of the idea.
- Long phrases. A mood board is, first of all, a visual description of an idea.
- Complex pictures and associations. Remember that some elements may be ambiguous and not clear to the client.For example, don’t add images of celebrities.
- Use popular images. It’s better to spend more time looking for items, but creating something unique, than repeating over and over again.
Moodboard is able to visually show the client how the project will make users feel when it comes to the product. Thanks to this technique, you can achieve a common understanding of what should come out in the end.
And some more tips for inspiration
To create a mood board, you need to spend a lot of time looking for the elements you need.Or you can turn to trusted sources of inspiration:
- Use photo stocks. In them you can find images by category and use them in the final design, just do not forget to purchase a license for this.
- Seek help from social networks. Find designers who inspire you, groups and communities of creative people.
- Bookmark your browser with links to interesting sites for artists, photographers, etc.
- Take a break from your computer and seek inspiration in the real world.Pay attention to street signs, labels, leaf through magazines.
- Take a look at our TRIZ in Practice online program, where in 4 weeks you will evaluate your creativity and learn how to develop it. This will help solve non-standard tasks not only in everyday life, but also in other areas, including creativity.
Moodboards are a useful tool that will help you achieve rapport with a customer, make work on a project much easier, or draw a clear picture in your head when it comes to personal use.
We wish you inspiration and bright colors for your “mood board”!