Anything we do is set by mood. What better way is there to set a mood other than music? When working on a design, we want to get into a groove or a melody of our emotion on that time. Or if we are simply looking for that certain kind of vibe to pump things up. Music lets you express things better – it’s like an outlet of our feelings. Designing, on the other hand is also another form of art. So combined together, it will result to a very influenced product. You can get that type of theme on the design you thirst for.
I know most of us listen to music while working, but that’s not the only point I want to make in this article. You see, we need to get things done the way it should be. To do that, is by setting mood, vibe, groove, passion and energy – which music can contribute a lot.
Ways of using music effectively, as an inspiration to your design:
- Pick the right kind of music genre
Get the music that will set you in the right mood. You wouldn’t be playing melodramatic music when working on a hiphop design right? It’s important to set the music into the theme. Keep in mind that, the music will reflect on the result of your design.
After you conceptualize and gather more ideas for your visual design, a great type of music would accompany you feel that concept.
- Happy theme – Up beat music ( trance, disco, house)
- Futuristic theme – Electronic ( electronica, progressive)
- Calm theme – Relaxing music (acoustic, instrumentals)
And so on…
It has been proven for many years and is a fact, that music can stimulate creativity. The right music will get your blood pumping and your brain working.
- Get moving into the rhythm
What I mean is move according to the rhythm. Don’t just bop your head and tap your feet, do something related to what you are basically doing. Move your hand stroke to the rhythm of the music. Before you know it, you’ve finished your design. Time flies fast when your working. Even more if you’re enjoying music while working.
- Faster music means more energy – will make you create vivid, sturdy, smooth designs.
- Slower, idyllic music could make you create cautious, embellish, slick designs.
You may have noticed when you dance to music – the faster the tempo, the energetic the moves or steps you make.
Just like in designing, upbeat music makes you create bold designs and downbeat music creates detailed, sophisticated designs.
- Keep your energy up
The thing is, listening to a single genre can get boring when it’s played too much. The technique is to get as much music as possible and shuffle with some cool, slow jams. You wont have to listen to the same arrangement of the tracks the whole time you’re working. You can try mixing songs from different genres.
For example, if you are working on a sunny, vibrant visual design. You can stuff your happy playlist with songs from Bonnie Bailey, Bob Marley, Katy Perry, Diana King – Mix house music with some RnB, pop & reggae (or any song that makes you feel alive).
Here are a few of my personal choices:
1.) Daft Punk – One More Time
2.) Bob Marley – Don’t Worry Be Happy
3.) Kris Allen – Live Like We’re Dying
4.) Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
5.) No Doubt – Hella Good
6. Cooler Than Me – Mike Posner
7. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
8. Ever After – Bonnie Bailey
9. Feelin’ So Good – J.Lo
10. I Like It – Enrique Iglesias
11. Smooth – Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
12. All I Do is Win – DJ Khaled featuring Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain & Snoop Dogg
13. Know Your Enemy – Green Day
*The tracks listed above are of my personal choice. I do respect if we don’t share the same taste in music. It’s a free world and everybody has a place to express. For those who appreciate, thanks and enjoy working!
1.)Bruce Springsteen – Jungleland
by Thom Holman
2.)Bliss n Eso – Eye of the Storm
3.) Red hot chili peppers – Scare tissue
4.) Wolf Like Me – TV On The Radio
5.) I’m Not Alone (Instrumental) by Calvin Harris
6.) 7/4 Shoreline – Broken Social Scene
7.) Crawling – Linkin Park
8.) My Sharona – The Knack
9.) Why you’d lie to me – Anastacia
10.) Astronomy – Metallica
11.) Thunderstruck – AC/DC
12.) D-Block & S-Te-Fan – Music Made Addict
13.) Pushing me Away – Linkin Park
14.) Heliosphan – Aphex Twin
15.) Domination – Way out West
16.) Right here, right now – Fat Boy Slim
17.) The Flight Of Apollo – Angels And Airwaves
* Thank you for contributing!