MOODBOARDS IN ADOBE INDESIGN
Having spent the majority of the week either behind the camera or at the computer, I was struggling with what to share visually for this week's "Friday Finds". Simultaneously, I was also silently marveling over how much I love Adobe Indesign. I have decided that it falls under the umbrella of "design" so that I can create some content this week!
Everyone, it seemed, kept raving about how amazing Indesign was. I felt left out of the cool club! I tried to give it a go through YouTube tutorials, but my brain refused to take on anymore information at the end of my interior design diploma. At the end of last year, I took a rendering course, and one of the components was Indesign. Ten minutes into the lesson, I wondered how I hadn't clued in before! I wish I had known it at the beginning of my studies. It would have saved hours of clippings, foam core and glue into the wee hours of the morning. An Exacto knife at 3am isn't the best practice.
Originally, I used the program for designing mood boards and concept boards, but quickly moved into using it for entire proposals. Instead of having several documents in Word and Excel, I can organise it all together in Indesign. Not only does it keep projects organised; visually you can see the whole picture. I have set up a document template to include letters, design concept, colour, furniture, and materials and finishes. It doesn't stop with work; I have also used it to design Blurb photo books, as Blurb has an Indesign plug-in. Once you have your photos organised, it is just a matter of dropping them into your book.
I have always been drawn to pink, and have been enjoying its updated version lately; scaled back and paired with black. I quickly mocked up a moodboard for this post using Indesign. It took less than half an hour, whereas in the old days, it would have easily taken a day, plus some heavy hair pulling! As an aside, I find Pinterest helpful for saving images I come across to use for inspiration and information later on. Also, Dulux has their RGB equiv values online, which is an invaluable resource for getting exact colours. I have used Dulux Hugo and Dulux Domino in this moodboard. (My graphic design skills aren't my strength, in the back of my mind, that's another course for another day!)
Footnote: Adobe Indesign is available through Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription services. I pay a monthly fee, and use it in tandem with Adobe Photoshop.