If you're not sure what a mood board is, think of it as a canvas for inspiration. They are often used by designers to help them collage text, image, and (as we go digital) video to develop a style, aesthetic, or mood for a project. But many non-professionals have simply used mood boards as a way to create a dumping grounds for inspiring content they've come across on the web. Years ago, this was really only possible by creating folders on your local drive and storing the media in there. But now, with the advent of some brilliant mobile software, the possibilities are much more exciting.
Two helpful apps available for creating mood boards on your mobile device are Olioboard
and Moodboard Pro
. Both apps have very slick interfaces to allow you to create your mood boards. Olioboard is free and allows you to select interior decor imagery from over 250 sources within their own personal library or you could upload your own as well. It also has a social feature which will allow you to connect and share your designs with anyone from the novice amateur to professional designers working in the field. Moodboard Pro costs $9.99 and allows you a bit more flexibility in creating your mood boards than Olioboard. One nice feature is that it lets you create them using photos you find online or photos direct from your photo albums.
Blogs Creating a blog to be a mobile mood board might not seem like the first choice for some but think of the Tumblr platform for a moment. There are thousands of people who use Tumblr in this way already. They reblog content from around the internet to create their own personalized space. And since Tumblr has a mobile format as well, it is easy to view someone's blog anywhere. Wordpress has similar capabilities.
Evernote Just one more example of functionality from this excellent software. Make a new Notebook in Evernote and begin storing notes, images, and video clippings from around the internet or on your hard drive. Since Evernote syncs with the cloud, you're able to carry around your mood board wherever you go.
iPhoto or Mobile Me With these two products from Apple, we're able to easily sync our mood board libraries to our devices and not be restricted by Evernote's uploading limit. Simply create new albums in iPhoto and organize your images in there. Sync using iTunes, and you'll instantly have all your media viewable from your iPhone or iPad. We love the iPad's Photo Album browsing capabilities — it's so much fun to flick around which is why we can recommend this choice to many. Similarly with MobileMe, if you have an account you can have MobileMe sync your photos to its cloud so you can cut out the iTunes middleman and have a backup of all your images in case you were to loose any. There is also a lot of talk that Apple has been wildly revamping the MobileMe site to create more powerful, free options for users to store their media online.
Flickr Another excellent way to create a mood board is by using Flickr. We love Flickr because it is extensively customizable with Sets, Collections, Galleries, Tags, etc... The social feature of people commenting and friending each other is also helpful to receive feedback on your mood boards. And, like almost anything else in the world.. it has an app! Now you can take your Flickr on the go and experience it on an app customized specifically for a smaller screen.