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MSR Mood Board
Microsoft Research Mood Board
Microsoft Research Mood Board is a Windows application that combines image search, image collection, and sketching to support creative activities.
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About Mood Boards

Mood Boards are collages of images, sketches, and descriptions used by designers to explore different visual styles. Once a Mood Board is sufficiently populated a designer may then create design concepts using the elements on the Board for inspiration.

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In a collaborative environment a designer may initially get design requirements from stakeholders who may not be designers themselves, and who may therefore describe their expectations in ambiguous terms. For example, a client may say "I'm looking for something modern, succinct, fashionable, warm, and slick"...

... which may give rise to these design concepts.

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Or they may say "I want something that reminds me of different materials.” For example wood, earth, stone, metal, and so on...

... resulting in these concepts.

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©2014 Microsoft

MSR Mood Board

And so to support such activities around the discovery of non-designerly content, Microsoft Research has implemented a digital Mood Board application that allows the discovery, lay out, annotation, and integration of such content into the process of exploring design concepts.


In addition, Mood Board can be set to run in the background at the user's visual periphery to allow serendipitous encounters that fill in moments of idleness.

How to use

Step one

Open the app, enter the search terms in the search box, and click on the search button to search. You may enter up to five search terms.

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Step two

Tap any thumbnail to expand it for a closer look. The Download arrow in the upper-left corner downloads the image to the canvas.

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Step three

When you're done selecting images, tap or swipe-up the slider at the bottom of the screen to switch to the canvas.

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Step four

This is the mood board canvas,which contains all the images you selected. Here you can rearrange and resize images, and add text or sketched annotations.

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Step five

Tap the New Page icon to add a new page to the canvas.

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Step six

Tap or swipe-down the slider at the top of the screen to go back to Image Search.

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Mini-mode

Mood Board can also run in mini-mode, allowing you to view your image search results in the background. Use this mode when you want to focus on other things, but still want to keep the images in view for inspiration.

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Tips

To copy and paste images use Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V.

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The canvas supports erasing sketches using the Eraser end of Tablet/Digitizer pens.

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Right-clicking switches between Select and Pan modes.

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In Select mode, Ctrl-A can select all elements.

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Related Publications

Towards a Tool for Design Ideation: Insights from the Use of SketchStorm

Siân Lindley, Xiang Cao, John Helmes, Richard Morris, and Sam Meek September 2013

 

We present findings from a deployment of SketchStorm, a tool for designers that supports sketch in a central canvas, whilst streaming images relating to a search query around the periphery. Our overarching goal was to explore the potential for combining sketching and use of examples, two activities that are associated with design ideation.

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