Mood boards are so important when it comes to the design process. It is a crucial part of design research and also easily one of my favorite steps when it comes to designing.
The point of mood boards is to capture a feeling with an assortment of composition, colors, textures, and shapes. When I'm finding content for mood boards, a thought that often comes to mind is a quote by Kanye West. He tweets that "too much emphasis is put on originality. Feel free to take ideas and update them at your will all great artists take and update." This mindset doesn't make me feel guilty when I'm taking ideas for my mood boards, I feel as though I am taking inspiration from other artists and designers to create my own. As Steve Jobs said, "creativity is just connecting things." By making these connections, the essence of a project sprouts, leading the rest of the design journey into a series of trial and error through ideation, 3D modeling, and user testing.