When it comes to researching for a design project, I like to create mood boards of what I find. I make sure I collect visual inspiration that may match the brief; the feel of it, the look of it. Different layout that may work, the types of typography and imaginary. Maybe photography is the way to go, or illustration or just working with typography. Creating mood boards when researching help you see different ideas and styles that could work. It's a great way to come up with your own original ideas to match the brief.
I have been currently researching Zodiacs. I have four of them to work with and create a design for each one. Aries, Scorpio, Pisces and Aquarius.
I have researched artwork and logos based of the zodiacs, but I have also looked away from the zodiacs. I thought find other styles that I might like and be interested in trying, like work with mixed media or the style of illustration.
This brief I feel you can really experiment and be really creative.
It's a way to find my own style.
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