Palette Challenge: How to create a moodboard
We had a lot of questions yesterday on how to go about creating a moodboard. There are a lot of options, so I thought I’d run through a few, just to give you some ideas and get those creative juices flowing.
First, what’s the idea behind a moodboard?
A moodboard is simply a creative tool for gathering inspiration and synthesizing it into your own vision. Think of it as a collage that expresses a look or feeling you want to achieve. It might contain inspiration images, swatches of color or fabric, even words.
As you can imagine, there are a number of ways you could go about creating this sort of thing. You could, of course, take physical pictures and make an actual collage, or simply arrange them on a bulletin board. Totally simple, low tech, fun, and easy. Another advantage is you can stick it up on your wall (perhaps in your sewing area) to keep you inspired.
You could also use some of the digital and online tools out there. We did a post on inspiration tools before (though my preferences have changed since then). I’m going to illustrate some tools using my own inspiration images here.
You could simply find photos that inspire you and upload them to a photo sharing service like Flickr. That’s what I’ve done here. I kept all the photos private though, because I don’t want anyone to think I’m claiming these photos as my own when I upload them. I think this is a good option for creating a really easy private collection of inspiration.
Polyvore makes it really easy to create collages and moodboards. It’s primary purpose is to collage outfits together, and you can easily search the site for images of clothing to add to your collages (on polyvore, these are called “sets”.) Polyvore even provides the code to link and embed them on your own blog, facebook, or elsewhere.
I’m pretty much addicted to Pinterest (follow me here if you like). Pinterest lets you collect images from around the web into boards, so it’s really the perfect tool for gathering inspiration for a particular project.
You can also use a photo editor like I did to cobble together a collage. I used Photoshop for this one, but there are also free options (like Gimp). It’s a bit more time consuming, but the benefit is that you can make your moodboard look exactly the way you want. I like to include swatches of color.
Finally, if you have a blog, you could just post a bunch of pictures in a blog post. Or post them to Tumblr.
To sum up: There’s no right or wrong here! Anything that will help you collect your ideas into a single palette or concept is all that you need.
Does anyone have any other ideas for useful tools?