Image Spark is an application that allows the user to create an interesting collection of images that move or inspire them, while compiling collections that help create a mood. A user can tag images they enjoy, feel strongly about, or just plain like. Those images can then be applied to a moodboard, which allows the user to compile many images together. The result is an inspirational collection of images that can help get creative juices flowing and set the tone for the ideal mood based on the user’s chosen images.Show more screenshots »
Image Spark was created by Teehan+Lax, a company dedicated to helping clients create a digital experience. The creative minds working under the Teehan+Lax name have developed a ritual to get creativity flowing. By collecting images that they find inspiring, the team can use those images later when they need a little motivation or creative “spark.” Hoarding photos has become a popular pastime at Teehan+Lax.
Image Spark is not the typical images database. Although any user can perform a search for images, it can be difficult to manage a long list of favorites. Rather than take up hard drive space saving a ton of moving photos, or cluttering up bookmarks with the URL to their favorites, users can instead turn to Image Spark. The site is set up for easy image collecting and takes it a step further with the creation of the moodboard. Users can set the tone for whatever mood they are in, or want to be in, through visual stimulation.
Image Spark offers a sleek website with a classic feel. The dark bottom and top banners make navigating through the offered links easy. The style is very professional, with plenty creating the perfect backdrop for the user to make the most of the tools found here. Rather than find distraction through a flashy banner or menu, the user can focus on the mood setting images they choose to save. The site is very easy to use, including a convenient search function on the homepage.
Image Spark visitors can choose to make an account and access all the features the site has to offer. By clicking the white “Register” link at the top right hand corner of the home page, the user can visit the registration form. A username must be entered as well as a current email address and password. After agreeing to the terms of service, the user is taken directly to their personal account dashboard. From here, the user can get right to work filling up their image library and creating a moodboard or updating their profile.
While the tools found on Image Spark are definitely helpful to help users maximize creative output, the site does not offer anything that would be payment worthy. The site is available at no charge to the user. That is not to say a visit won’t be worthwhile. Users can help manage their favorite images online and discover new images through other users. The free account will help encourage the growth of Image Spark’s library, which will in turn help more users expand their own.
Anyone in need of a creativity boost can appreciate what Image Spark does. That includes professionals in design and other creative professions as well as the everyday user looking for something to move them. The site is set up to be very easy to use with a community that offers a rich collection of images to help users get started. The style and personality of the images vary significantly, which leaves it wide open to anyone’s interpretation.