Inspiration board, color board, mood board, story board.....all slight variations on the same theme. This week we're exploring what we at braxtonandyancey call the "inspiration board", or a collage of collected images that inspire us and help to keep our ideas organized thus allowing us to move forward with the design process.
Let's begin with the story board which is quite literally a sequence of images that tell a story. Apparently the Disney Studio began to use story boards in the 1930's when the animated projects they were working on became complicated enough that it was difficult to keep the story line straight. The boards were a way for the animators and writers to work together with less confusion as to the sequence of the story line itself.
Obviously the story board is quite specific and generally used by graphic designers for the film industry, music videos, TV commercials, educational and gov. training and more. Novelists and those in the publishing industry frequently use story boards as well.
|This is an example of a color board, used by interior designers to keep the details of a project organized and to show how all the surfaces of a room will work together.|
- Paint colors for walls, trim and ceiling, and any other wall coverings, wallpaper, fabric, etc.
- Floor coverings - i.e. carpet, stone, wood, etc.
- Window treatments - i.e. drapery, blinds, shutters, etc.
- Furniture finishes - i.e. wood, metal, plastic, etc.
- Upholstery fabrics
- Accent colors
|An example of a creative color board made for a wedding.|
|Fashion designers have long used mood or inspiration boards and have produced some of the most beautiful boards I've seen.|
|We will be exploring different materials one can use to make an inspiration board. This one seems to be made of chicken wire and clothes pins. Brilliant!!|
|We will also explore the use of inspiration boards as a part of the decor, something Braxton and I have done many times.|
|This inspiration board is actually a wall painted with dry erase paint. Who knew?|
|Lots of creative business rely on inspiration boards. These boards are placed in a hallway so that all employees can benefit and add to when needed.|
|Wire and small clips make a wonderful "board".|
Braxton and I have used inspiration boards for years. They inspire us and keep us focused.
Have you ever used an inspiration board?
We've got a lot to talk about this week....as always....I'd love to hear from you!
Have a beautiful day!