Tough, Rugged, Intentional
Mood boards are curated groups of images that visualize a vibe. This is the second step in narrowing down a look & feel to effectively convey your brand message.
The most notable characteristic of brands and audiences that belong on this mood board is a sense of independence. This is the board for DIYers, lone wolfs, MacGyvers and, in more extreme cases, hermits and conspiracy theorists. Members of this group have a highly developed intuition and innate inner strength that keep them laser focused on the task at hand. This combination gives them what others might perceive as a sixth sense. They may be described as extraordinarily skilled, brave, and born to lead. They are practical, disciplined, uninterested in praise, and prefer to live life unimpeded by restrictions placed on them by others.
Brands with this vibe can be best expressed through clean, simple layouts, crisp fonts, and minimal decoration. Depending on other characteristics of the brand personality, the look and feel could lean towards a quirky, humorous tone, a more technical, Spartan existence, an upscale Bond-like sophistication, or an even-keel, bread-and-butter, comforting simplicity.
Ideal for these archetypes:
Bold, Capable, Confident, Earthy, Independent, Practical, Self-sufficient, Smart, Strong
Is this the right feel for your brand?
The images below show how various companies have used color, type, icons, photos, illustrations and textures together to translate their personality into a unique look and feel. As you consider your company’s presence, do these samples achieve the vibe you’re after?
Please note: The images posted here are subject to copyrights owned by the individuals or entities who created them. They are intended for educational purposes, and not to be used for your brand or for any other personal or commercial use.
TIP: Audiences with an independent streak are difficult to convince. They will tend to be skeptical and do things on their own time. Be careful not to pander to them, oversell them or push them to take action. They tend to be interested in high quality, high value offerings and ignore what could be perceived as a waste of time. The more transparent you are, and the more room you give them, the happier they will be.