Great design don't always just pop out of nowhere. Mood boards cultivate ideas, and when trying to develop, nothing helps bridge the gap between the idea person and person who creates like a mood board can.
Mood Board Essentials :
1. Name - give your mood board a name that excites you about the project, and what it can become. If you start with a boring name, the project will be come boring.
2. The Hunt - Finding objects, colors, tones, language, lines, photography, filters, applications that inspire you for the project at hand. Specifically identify the aspects of these items which you would like to bring into your new project. The idea is not copy, but to use items from all aspects relating to the project to inspire you to create something new.
3. Edit - Once you have collected all of the elements which inspire this project, edit them. When you started hunting for inspiration, you may have been going in one direction but realized somewhere along the way there were better paths to take. So delete or separate all of the items that no longer belong in this project.
4. Implement - You may not use every idea that you found will on your inspirational journey. Actually, please don't use every aspect in your mood board all at once. Save some of the goodness that remains in your mood board for a rainy day, you never know when a few extra assets will need to be created.