I like mood boards as tools in brainstorming and creative problem-solving. I use these as a tool to help me refine my ideas, identify a visual vocabulary, and convey emotional qualities that may be difficult to communicate with words. When I am working with a client or peer, this method is an excellent collaboration tool; providing a moment to visually reflect and define an agreed upon direction at the beginning of a project.
This mood board was inspired by the drawings of the French poet, Jean Cocteau. The visual language is primarily focused on line, and surface design, with forms for possible tableware based on scalloped edges and tin-glazed ceramic.
This mood board, created with the designer Robyn Berg, was made to explore forms, colors, and concepts related to sharing a meal in the age of social distancing during the corona virus quarantine of 2020.
This mood board was created to develop a visual vocabulary for a catalogue of ceramic and sculptural works of art and design. Since it was made with communication in mind, typography and photographic style, plays a significant role.
Starting with a mind map, and research the context of an intimate meal with friends and family in a garden, I created this mood board to explore unexpected forms for plating and presenting a meal with the look and feel of earth, farm, garden, and growth. The mood board attempts to set a visual vocabulary through form, texture, color.
This is less of a mood board and more of a pin up wall with things that inspire me. Although even from this maximalist and intuitive collection of images and forms, I can raw out some elements of design and themes that might apply to a sculpture and print project I am working on.
At the start of a project I tend to gather more information that I may need, and then edit as I move forward.