PULL IMAGES THAT CATCH YOUR EYE

Create a portfolio of images that speak to you. Start by taking photos of other people’s spaces, hotels, or restaurants, tear out pages from magazines, pull images for magazine websites, Google, and Pinterest. The goal here is creating a portfolio of inspiring imagery, however you go about creating it.

 

GATHER HARD COPIES AND CIRCLE COMPONENTS

Once you’ve gathered all your images, print all the digital images, so you that have hard copies of each image. Review each imagine, circling the exact things you like in each. Don’t think too hard about this step, follow your initial, gut instincts. Those moments you hesitate and try to define what you like, and why, you allow outside influence to creep in and influence your natural inclinations.

 

SORT YOUR IMAGES INTO CATEGORIES OF COMMONALITIES

Looking at the elements circled in each image, categorize images based upon commonalities. As you work through this step, your categories will change. Allow this to happen so that again, your likes are dictating the categories, without bias.

 

DEFINE SEARCH TERMS

Once you’ve defined your final categories in images, define each category in simple words. Pretend like you’re a child describing what you see. For example, if one of your categories is white, glossy, minimalistic furniture, write down words like white, simple, straight, boxy, shiny, basic, plain. Finally, combine these simple words into different combinations to create your search terms.

 

CREATE A INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK

As you move through your design project, there will be points where you’ll be overwhelmed and confused about what you like. Keep these initial, circled, images together in an inspiration notebook, to reference when you need direction.

 

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