Say Hello to Business Cards+

October 2015, by Richard | Add a comment

By Richard Moross, MOO’s founder and CEO

As you know, at MOO we love all things print. But we also love the web, and in 2012 we signalled our interest in taking paper to the next level, connecting it to the web with a short trial of NFC-enabled business cards.

The response was overwhelming: we absolutely had to bring this product to market.

For centuries people have been using business cards in pretty much the same old way. From the footmen of 17th century French aristocracy, to today’s ‘momtrepreneur’: their simplicity, ubiquity, utility and form have kept them going strong, even in our increasingly digital world.

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Box Clever: Packaging just went plus

October 2015, by moocrew | Add a comment

Phil Thomas, MOO’s Product Designer talks us through the design process involved in creating the packaging for our new NFC-enabled products, Business Cards+.

Packaging at MOO has always been an integral part of the products we sell. As we discussed in a recent webinar on packaging, we always aim to surprise and delight with everything we do, and our Business Cards+ are no different. However, these NFC embedded cards have something extraordinary about them, something we’ve never done before, and we felt the packaging needed to reflect that. Continue reading this article…

Wonderful Wallpaper #4 – Chess

September 2015, by Jonathon | Add a comment

We have a pretty checkered history when it comes to wallpapers: we’ve had Flag Day; we’ve had Retro Gaming; we’ve had The Beach; and now we’ve got Chess. We spent a few days (and knights) developing it, and now it’s your MOOve.

Why are we doing this? Well, we heard you when you moaned about how board you were with your current wallpaper. So, we asked our designers to stop whatever they were ma-King, in order to create a background that a Queen would be proud of. If you’re wondering what size will suit you best – we’d recommend you check, mate.

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Design within Reach: Cool Offices to Inspire Your Workspace

September 2015, by moocrew | Add a comment

Written Katherine Leonard

Nothing says Silicon Valley startup quite like an office with baristas, game zones, and microbrew taps. The Pinterests and Yelps of the world have the mega-budgets to build mind-blowing offices—but just because you don’t have millions of VC bucks doesn’t mean you can’t create a mindful and productive space to inspire your team.

We gathered examples of office designs from entrepreneurs across the continent to inspire your inner workspace designer.

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You Can Cowork From Anywhere: Tribewanted in Bali

September 2015, by moocrew | Add a comment

Written by Laura Thomas

A few years ago, I nearly fainted when I realised my ‘healthy’ low fat yoghurt had 16g of sugar in it. However, that moment marked the very start of my entrepreneurial endeavors and my personal mission to help people find with peace with sugar and improve their health (without ripping the joy out of every social occasion I might add).

When my blog Happy Sugar Habits started to get traction and people were finding it useful, I decided to study as a health coach and dedicate myself to helping those with a troubled relationship with sugar through coaching services and online resources.

For a while I worked part-time whilst I continued to …Continue reading this article…

Physical to Digital: The Future of Paper

September 2015, by david | 7 Comments – latest by Fortune

Kai Turner, MOO’s Senior Product Manager, talks about the physical-to-digital space and the future of paper.

So how did someone like me, who has spent a career building online services and digital products, come to work at MOO?  Well, as a MOO customer from the start, I shared the same affection for the brand as many of you do.  As a long-time expat living in London, I’ve also had a lot of respect for MOO as one of the founding companies in London’s burgeoning startup community in Shoreditch, now known as Tech City.

When I heard about MOO’s plans to move into the physical-to-digital space, a topic I’m passionate about – I couldn’t wait to get involved.

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Cover story: New Looks for Classic Books

September 2015, by david | Add a comment

From Dante’s Inferno to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, classic novels have sparked readers’ imaginations for centuries. Stories like these conjure different mental images for different people — and the team behind Recovering the Classics is determined to capture those visual interpretations for print and screen through a campaign called 50×50.
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Too Hot to Handle: Our Top 6 EU Startups

September 2015, by Jonathon | 4 Comments – latest by George

There’s plenty of exciting entrepreneurial energy flowing around Europe right now. We hear about American startups all the time, but what about those European folk? Maybe you’ve heard of Spotify, Shazam, Mind Candy, or a little company we’re quite fond of, called MOO?
With that in mind, we wanted to shine a light on some of the hottest European startups trading right now- just so we’re clear, these are in no particular order! Some are brand new, and some are a litter older… but all of them have great ideas:

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The Brand New Conference – Top 5 Picks

September 2015, by Jonathon | Add a comment

Now in its fifth year, The Brand New Conference is anything but! The two-day event (24th-25th September) is organised by UnderConsideration and focuses on brand identity. An extension of the eponymous blog, the festival is comprised of eight sessions per day, with speakers from all around the world in many different spheres. Enough talking, let’s get highlighting:
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Please Explain: Beacons

September 2015, by Jonathon | 11 Comments – latest by Ferenc Brachmann

In the 1986 blockbuster, Top Gun, Tom Cruise’s character, Maverick, would lock onto his enemies using radar beacon technology before shooting them out of the sky. Today, shops are using similar beacon technology to better target customers in a case of art imitating life.

Using small beacon devices – which are the size of your hand and typically attached to a nearby wall – you can send a hot deal to a customer’s smart phone or tablet based on their location in the store.

Beacons typically utilize Bluetooth’s low energy signal and cost between $20 and $40. This is because Bluetooth is much more effective than GPS or Wi-Fi for picking up smart phones indoors, and …Continue reading this article…

From Home to Rome: Interview with Great Italian Chefs CEO Ollie Lloyd

September 2015, by Jonathon | Add a comment

Rhubarb semifreddo and pistachio cream with a honey madeleine 

Your friends are coming over tonight and the only thing you know how to do is turn the oven on. Rather than making nan’s roast dinner recipe again, you may very well want to try something new. That’s where Great British (and soon, Italian) Chefs comes in. With the British version already wildly successful, their next expansion will be into the Italian market.

The recipes on the websites are curated by only the country’s best chefs, and are photographed so sublimely that you’ll be licking your lips by the time you finish reading our interview with CEO Ollie Lloyd.

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London Design Festival – MOO’s Picks

September 2015, by Jonathon | Add a comment

This year will mark the 12th anniversary of the London Design Festival, and we’re gonna be involved! We’re part of the ‘Shoreditch Design Triangle’ along with some of our fellow Eastern friends. If you haven’t noticed, we’re all about design here at MOO, so what better way to spend 8 days (19th – 27th of September) than appreciating the awesome aesthetics London has to offer. We’re excited, and you should be too. To whet your appetite, we’ve highlighted a few of our favourites:
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5 Must-Know Lessons From Design-Driven Brands

September 2015, by Jonathon | Add a comment

Whether you own a business or are thinking of starting one, chances are you’ve already slogged through the endless amount of business advice on the web. TED talks, dreary webinars, bedtime reading of the Harvard Business Review—the list is endless. You’ve heard all about the value of conversion rates and ‘going viral’. But have you heard anything about the value of design-driven thinking?

Didn’t think so.

This is odd considering the fact the some of the most innovative start-ups, like Airbnb, Gumroad, and Pinterest, have been founded by designers. Countless others have adopted practices taken from creatives of all backgrounds. There’s plenty to learn from design-driven brands, and these five lessons are a great place to start.

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Wonderful Wallpaper #3 – Retro Gaming

September 2015, by Jonathon | 1 Comment – latest by Isaiah

It all started with our Flag Day wallpaper. Next up was our beach inspired one. Now, we’re turning to dusty cartridges and geometric shapes to garnish the corners of your desktop.

Remember back to those days when you were playing Pokemon Red on your Gameboy in your parents’ car; not a care in the world for whatever a ‘financial situation’ is, nor any interest in romance beyond a peck on the cheek in the playground. Happiness was the sole concern of this period, and hopefully our wallpaper will give you a slither of that very same emotion.

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10+ employees? Make business card ordering a breeze

September 2015, by Mary | 1 Comment – latest by RonD

There’s an emotion behind every employee business card order. For the new hire, there’s the feeling of excitement. For the newly promoted, it’s a sense of accomplishment. For the business owner supplying workers with new cards after rebranding, it’s a source of pride. For the person managing all the business card orders, well, it can be different story. Continue reading this article…

Dead Funny: Interview with Jack Rooke

August 2015, by Jonathon | Add a comment

Today we introduce Jack Rooke – the Watford born funny man with the world at his feet. We’d been supporting from the side of the stage for a while, but after he announced his new ‘Good Grief’ show, it seemed like time for us to get involved.

So, we did what we do best: print cards, and ask questions:

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Paint by Thunder: Bare Conductive Interview

August 2015, by Jonathon | 10 Comments – latest by Jo Whitehead

How many times have you painted yourself a light switch only to remember that it’s just paint, and it’s not actually going to turn anything on? If the answer is anything above 0, then Bare Conductive are a company you should know about.

After entering the business game with their electrically conductive paint, they’ve gone onto develop new products (or platforms, as they like to call them) with the intention of aiding people expand their horizons.

With such innovative ideas bouncing around, I headed down to their London office to speak with co-founder Matt Johnson.

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How to: Name your brand

August 2015, by Tash | 5 Comments – latest by Christy Habecker

You may be busy making all kinds of decisions to kick-start your business, but one of the most important (and mind-boggling) conundrums is what to name your company. Or perhaps you’ve already got a great company name, and now you’re pondering what to call your products and services. This is super important and is worth putting some real thought into. So, where to begin? There are lots of different ways to approach it, here are my tips for adopting a smooth process. Continue reading this article…

Capturing Life in New York City: Meet Street Photographer Daniel Arnold

August 2015, by Jonathon | 4 Comments – latest by Alida Bosaz

Daniel Arnold is no stranger to the ebb and flow of freelance life. The Brooklyn-based street photographer was running low on cash a few years back when he published a post on Instagram offering prints of his candid street photos for $150 a pop. He hoped a few sales here and there would help cover rent, but ended up selling a hundred photos and earning $15,000 in a single day. Continue reading this article…

Shape up and startup with tickets to General Assembly’s Lean Conference in San Francisco

August 2015, by david | Add a comment

This November, we’re partnering with General Assembly to give away a trip for two to the 2015 Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco this November 16-19.   Continue reading this article…

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