Mood boards are a great way to gather ideas, research and inspirations. Our friends at Wiki state:
A mood board is a type of collage consisting of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition. They may be physical or digital, and can be “extremely effective” presentation tools. Mood boards are used by graphic designers to enable a person to visually illustrate the style they are pursuing. However, they can also be used to visually explain a certain style of writing, or an imaginary setting for a storyline. In short, mood boards are not limited to visual subjects, but serve as a visual tool to quickly inform others of the overall “feel” (or “flow”) of an idea.
In addition to our thumbnail sketches (and pinning/reblogging/sketching), a mood board is a great way to visually think about your project and your project’s needs. This technique may be used as part of your final project’s research stage. Mood boards are used in interior design, fashion design, web design, print design and so much more!
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