Web mood boards:
Within any creative course, inspiration is key. It is crucial for motivation, synthesis of ideas and understanding what is being created within contemporary culture.
Alongside traditional sketchbooks, many courses expect students to collect bits and bobs together in a single vessel or place in order to build a visual vocabulary or library of sources.
There are now many sites that allow students to collect sources from the wide range of creative sites available. This can be a great way for them to collect, and share, inspirational sources.
https://www.pinterest.com/ – One of the biggest trends in collecting inspiration together in one location. As more people have signed up and made use of it, so the range of content also increased. It is a really wonderful way of “pinning” all sorts of inspiration together and sharing sources.
http://designspiration.net/ – This site collects user submitted images of all kinds of design such as typography, posters, graphic design and packaging.
http://dribbble.com/ – This is a really good site for aspirational designers who want to get feedback on their work or look at the kinds of feedback designers are getting. However, it can also be used in a similar way to Pinterest.
http://www.imgspark.com/ – One of the nice elements of Image Spark is that you can create moodboards that can be resized and customized. Another positive of this site is that you don’t have to have your collections made public.
http://craftgawker.com/ – Maybe not instantly the most obvious of choices for an art or design student, but there are great technical and functional things students can learn from and take inspiration. The site is moderated and this ensures the quality of the posts.
http://projectdecor.com/ – Not for everyone, but great for interior design or 3D students on an interior project to see what kinds of items might look good or work together.
http://vi.sualize.us/ – This site allows you to bookmark images from all over the web, rather than a specific topic such as design.