In my studio there's an original fixture thats pretty cool, a dumbwaiter! Though it's obviously not in use and painted shut, I decided to turn this area into my designated seasonal mood board. I felt I needed some external inspiration that wasn't on a computer screen, and a mood board is perfect for that.
I listen to a podcast called "After the Jump" which is everything informational about blogging and being a small creative business runner. The host described this great method for making mood boards when you're feeling stuck, which is to rabidly flip though a big stack of magazines and to let your instincts guide you. Whatever you're drawn to, tear it out and don't think about it. When you're done, you should have a very clear image of your general aesthetic and you can get those creative juices flowing to make something awesome thats really true to your own unique vision. Also, it's a ton of fun. Now I'm really ready to make a new line of things for my shop!
Finding exterior inspiration is kind of vital for creatives, because as one of my professors from art school frankly said, you can't just pull stuff out of your ass, you need to look at other people's work and get inspired. So what presently inspires me is bright and fun color combinations, retro and hand drawn typography, plants, pigeons ( I love pigeons), and a somewhat spooky aesthetic.
Man, I'm so ready to make some cool shit! After the long weekend, of course ;)