At the Hive 2014 European Bloggers Conference in Copenhagen recently, I was really inspired by a talk given by Gudy Herder of Eclectic Trends on creating tactile mood boards. I am used to creating digital mood boards such as those I created for the paint colours at our summer house or for the my perfect bathroom CP Hart challenge last year.
It has been a long time, however, since I created a tactile mood board. Tactile mood boards can include string mood boards, clipboards, wooden panels and wired grid.
Here is Gudy’s advice on creating mood boards:
- Have a title that is precise.
- Use 3-5 keywords on the mood board such as nouns and adjectives, including emotions.
- Decide on what colours you will use.
- Use approximately 40% materials otherwise the mood board is lacking in texture. You might as well have a digital mood board.
- Put your most important images in the middle.
- Stick everything in place at the end.
In addition, I always thought of mood boards as a way to convey an interior design. I have never actually thought about mood boards in other contexts such as travel or holidays. Gudy explained mood boards are not confined to design contexts. For example, you can create a travel mood board for a particular destination or around a weekend away.
I chose to create a mood board about the Hive 2014 conference itself. Here’s my effort:
Most of the items are probably self-explanatory – design elements, business cards of fellow attendees and workshop providers, silly pictures from the Photo Booth provided by Bugaboo and the announcement of next year’s Hive being in Berlin. I taped some of the items with washi tape because bloggers seem to gravitate towards washi tape like a moth to a flame. On the top right side, I love the creativity that is in this business card/origami ring by fellow blogger, Kris O Tin from A Ce Soir.
If I were to do a self-assessment of my mood board, onn the positive side, I did have a title that is precise. Yay me! I also did write 3 keywords. My pattern and colours echo the graphic element of Scandinavian design. After black and white, the colours I related to most often were red and orange.
I didn’t, however, put the most important images in the middle. In my mind, the Photo Booth images are the most important because they convey the emotions of happiness and friendliness. I just couldn’t figure out a way to keep that in the centre though without having it look boringly symmetrical.
How do you think I did? I don’t mind if you give me an E for Effort 🙂