Moodboards: Classic vs Bright

Today, I’m starting to make headway on a new project and I finally got the moodboards together. It’s a project for myself and being a designer means I’m never satisfied. I really have to crunch time in the next few months to get this pulled together but my brain is split between two very different styles.

While I spend time trying to figure out what I want, here are the two ideas I have in mind!

Bright Citrus Moodboard


Classic Muted Moodboard


Bright Moodboard: Balloons | Watercolor Patterns | Peaches | Watercolor Wedding Invite | Bright Letters

Classic Moodboard: Cross Pattern | Black Sparrow Logo | The Living Co | Wedding Photo | Black & White Pattern

Which is your favorite?


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Angelica Yarde
My name is Angel Yarde. I am a designer, front-end developer, and speaker. I am the editor and designer of Studio 404 whic was founded in December 2006. In January 2014, I launched Studio 404 Paper, a paper shop which includes type-focused greeting cards, note cards, and prints. I currently reside in Celebration, Florida where I co-own a branding strategy studio, Sevenality, with my husband.
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  1. This may be the nighttime, sweet summer air talking, but that colorful moodboard is drawing me in! I’m normally much more a fan of the minimal, and I love the classic, but those vibrant colors carry so much positive energy + light!!

  2. These are both great! The neutral/classic one is my favorite (love those colors & patterns!), but the colorful one is SO fun and vibrant!

  3. Well I love color so I am definitely a fan of the colorful one.
    Plus I think the minimal and simple is so over used, I know it feels more “safe” but why not venture outside of the box and see what happens. I am noticing more and more color in design these days and I for one am loving it. Color makes people happy! 🙂

    I don’t know what this is for though and if it’s for products then the color palette should speak to the products. If it’s not for products then I still say take a risk and go with the color, it will pop and standout so much more!

    • Oh I agree about neutral being over-saturated. I think doing it differently makes a world of the difference. I love the colorful palette so much so it will definitely work towards another project but not so much this one. I hope you’re doing lovely! 🙂

  4. I’m so down for the bright colors but I also love a classic black and white based color palette. Maybe you could try mixing the two and create a black and white based color palette with a couple colors (or more) from the bright moodboard to add that pop! I find that bright color palettes grounded in that classic black and white have more longevity- at least for me. It also depends on the brand as well. Good luck, and I can’t wait to see what this project is!

    • haha I think I’ve recovered from my bright phase and am leaning more towards the neutral palette but the bright palette may be a fun project down the line. I love how you work with colors! Thank you Kia!

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