I’m so excited to have Hannah of Not Very Obsessed on the blog today. She’s covering some quick tips on how to make a moodboard, something that has become a huge part of my branding process. Hannah is a wonderful blogger who shares some great insight on her blog and I hope you enjoy this post!
Pick a theme or reason for creating it. For example, for your brand or for fun.
Collect the images. I collect my images from Pinterest, although you could create a real pin board to reflect the aesthetic you want to give or just use images off the internet.
Pick the most important images that reflect your theme the best.
Choose a programme to make your moodboard in. For example, you could use Photoshop or PicMonkey. You can check out my tutorials for using PicMonkey on my blog if you want too.
Add the images into the programme you have chosen.
Change the layout, mix about the images.
Add in a few colours that reflect the colours in your images. To do this I use this programme to get the exact colours I’ve found in the image.
Check that it looks perfect, reflects the theme and can be interpreted into a brand or design if needed.
I’m collaborating on a bigger post on what Creative South meant to Sevenality as an agency with thoughts from my husband and I so I would stay tuned for that via our blog tomorrow. If you didn’t know, almost two weeks ago I was in Columbus, GA for the Creative South conference—which was my first ever design/creative conference experience. I have three pages of notes (mostly random lettering of phrases) so I just want to focus on my personal thoughts after connecting with other creatives in a positive space. I talked about it a bit in this Monday’s mail drop so this is a bit of a continuation of that.
Why Creative South?
In the past few years design and blogging conferences have been popping up all over the place. I’ve always been very hesitant to invest in conferences after hearing horror stories and seeing the expenses associated with these events. Some of my wishlist conferences have ticket prices upwards of $2,000 so you can see why I stayed away from the conference scene, until late last year. Hearing about Brooklyn Beta via the Happy Monday podcast and having a great experience with the first year of the One Spark festival, I decided to stay on the lookout for any close design conferences.
Once I received an e-mail from Peter Deltondo (who is amazing) about sharing the Design VS Cancer Kickstarter campaign on the blog, I went down the Internet rabbit hole which led me to the 2013 Creative South page. The speakers from last year looked cool and it seemed pretty awesome for a conference in its first year. After refreshing the page, the 2014 page was up and I was immediately sold. I got David intrigued. I immediately chatted about via Twitter. After seeing all of my favorite Orlando designers and illustrators talk about attending, I bought tickets for Creative South at the end of the week.
Creative South’s branding and message were enough to keep me interested. However, just about the conference via social media, I was instantly connected with Adam Grason, Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn, and Mike Jones (the mastermind behind the conference).
Planning to Connect
I think one of the things that made my conference experience wonderful is going in with an open mind. My mindset early on was to connect with other creatives, especially my local designer friends. I wanted to really take in the information each speaker was sharing and just staying connected, mentally. Although I work with my husband, I’ve never held a typical creative 9-5 job. I’ve always been the only designer in any position I’ve held. Being able to just connect about creativity, goals, the pressure of social competition, and perfection really helped me see beyond my internal bubble. One of the notes I have lettered in big words is “Fear in context of creativity is wholly illegitimate.”
I also had the challenge of doing this in a shorter time span than most of the other conference goers. I was also fitting family time, a baby shower, and the fact that we were staying over 90 minutes away from Columbus didn’t help. I had to create a mental space for my creative life, my work life, and my family life which isn’t the typical conference experience. However, it helped me really appreciate the time I had with the people I met.
Creative Conference Connections
I always laugh when I hear people talk about the ascendance of plaid, glasses, and beards on towns that are hosting design conferences and it couldn’t be more true. We were a bit of a plaid/button down army and it was awesome. The connections I made were wonderful. Meeting people as far as Oklahoma and people who are just a few hours away in Tallahassee really kept me engaged. Chatting with Danielle Evans in the coffee line about family and her work was something I probably wouldn’t have been able to experience without Creative South. Being able to have a conversation with Peter about Design vs Cancer and how this project has really helped him and so many others is a moment I’ll always cherish. I had the tiniest part in the grand scheme of the project but it felt good to be a part of something.
It was also great to see how we were connected. My husband had a lot of those moments, being an agency alumni. He was probably eight degrees of separation from almost everyone from Orlando. I’m not saying everything about the conference was perfect but the imperfections made it exactly what it was. There’s nothing I regret other than staying ninety minutes away. I had a great time and I’m making notes to consider attending another creative conference or so.
Yes that’s Mary Kate McDevitt in a live Typefight. Where else could I have possibly seen this if it weren’t for Creative South? So I will be basking in the Creative South afterglow for a bit. I’m a bit on creative overdrive. That’s all thanks to spending 72 hours in an opera hall with other creatives and it was awesome.
I’m also checking out the conferences as potentials so:
Happy Monday! I started the day off with a pretty rad honest newsletter, an 8 am meeting with two of my favorite clients, and now as I look at my to-do list I know I’m killing precious time by putting together this blog. However, you guys deserve it because there were great articles out this month and I just wanted to share!
If you’re writing often, you sometimes question your proper grammar usage. How often have your typed or written a word and thought it looked as if it was spelled incorrectly? It happens to me at least once a week, and it happens with grammar rules as well. Kenzie’s list is compiled of common mistakes I see often out and about the web. Let’s work on having great grammar!
You’re going to read a lot about blogger’s block during this month’s roundup. The new year resolutions have started to wear thin. If your Feedly is like mine, bloggers are blogging a lot less these days. With a very long winter (and cold temperatures still lingering), we are creating less content. I love Melissa’s tips about going into different mediums to find new ways to create blog content. It’s a great post so take a listen.
Regina’s blog is one of my new favorites. She posted three articles this month that I wanted to share; however, I chose this one, which is a guest post from Deidre of WifeMomSuperwoman. Launching a new blog can be scary, especially with so many horror stories lingering on the web. Deidre covered some great points from keeping the end in mind to just keep going. Having a blog is wonderful and it’s definitely changed my relationships on the web and in real life.
Jennifer shared some great ideas on critical blog content components that you may have not been thinking of. Does your blog have a proper introduction? I think we focus on the actual content in each blog post that we forget about the content that’s standard around our blogs, which is equally important.
This isn’t advice so to say but a reminder that not all advice can apply to you! Fran shared a post on what advice she doesn’t take because it can’t apply to her and how she’s not really putting her blog in a niche. Having a niche isn’t always important, especially when your blog is just something you’re wanting to do for fun. The overwhelming amount of advice around the web needs to be taken with a grain of salt and just learn what works for you.
Spring cleaning is a big theme this month as we look for ways to make your current blog anew. Amber shared some great tips and ideas on getting everything organized in great detail. Her tips on filling gaps in your editorial calendar are great and I can’t wait to use some of these in my upcoming scheduling. The whole Spring Cleaning series is pretty neat so be sure to read the other posts in the series.
You can never have enough cleaning tips and Noor’s post is a great post to follow up with after you visit Amber’s blog. Noor is really great at keeping her blog clean and her content fresh so I always appreciate her thoughts on blogging. When was the last time you checked out your widgets? Exactly.
Bethany shared some great tips on keeping your bounce rate down on Kate’s blog this month. We want our readers to stay and read all of the content we’ve created and keeping a visitor’s attention can be hard to do. Everything from site loading time to how your links are opened have a lot to do with how your visitors navigate your blog and its content.
Hey bloggers, a couple of years ago the FTC set up some guidelines on how we must disclose paid advertisements and paid endorsements on our blogs. Unfortunately, a lot of the how to make money from your blog posts don’t mention this tiny fact, probably due to the age of them or the lack of shared knowledge on the rule. Blogging advertisements have changed in the past few years and sponsored content is know one of the bigger ways to make money via your blog. I think it’s great so let’s try to stay legal in the way we share this content.
This article is also properly known as “Got Blogger’s Block? Here’s 50 Ways to Kick Its Ass!” but I figured you probably didn’t want that in big red letters while scrolling down at work or something. Gala shares some great ways to get out of blogger’s block and get back to blogging. There’s no reason to have blogger’s block you guys! I’ve already shared fifty-five ideas to help you but just in case this isn’t enough…