Are you the lonely solopreneur, tucked away in the basement of your (mama’s) house, reading MOO articles to stimulate your business acumen? Maybe you should consider getting out there, sitting yourself down at a desk surrounded by other like-minded individuals, occasionally discussing the nuances of retweets.
That’s the environment that WeWork have built. Self-defined as a “platform to support and promote creators and creative enterprise,” they deal with all the boring bits of property management so you only have to play a flat-fee and as a result of your payment, you don’t have to deal with your landlord ‘Crazy Colin.’
Summer is knocking on the door, and guess what? It’s holding a bunch of flowers, just for you. We quite like the idea of a personified season, darting from door to door to drop you off a little beautiful bouquet…
But what about if you’re not in? You’re in the back garden, darning silk-socks, listening to Santana and sipping on gin and juice. So the doorbell rings and rings, and the dejected harbinger of floral goodness leaves to find a more receptive audience.
Undoubtedly this has happened to you. Sobbing over a ‘sorry we missed you!’ placard lay coldly on your laminate flooring. So what if you could simply post your bouquet of flowers through the letterbox? That’s what Bloom & Wild have developed, and what’s inside the aforementioned box is even better.
I popped along to their Chelsea office to speak with co-founder Aron, to see how they grew from grass roots to great heights.
Think back to the last time you received a postcard. Chances are it was a while ago, and it was from a close friend who’d jet off somewhere fancy in the Mediterranean… let’s be honest it was more gloat-card than postcard. The limited space positively burdens your chosen words with a greater weight, the total opposite of the uniform smatterings of the ‘lmaos’ and ‘rofls’ of today’s texters.
Paulo Magalhães of Portgugal set up Postcrossing just under 10 years ago, and it’s gone from strength to strength. In fact, they’ve been going so strong that they’ve just recently surpassed the 30 million-postcard milestone. If you’ve not heard of them, the basic idea is to send cards around the world to random people and get talking; find out about their culture, history and hobbies.
I called up Postcrossing’s Director, Paulo Magalhães, along with their Community Manager, Ana Campos, to learn a bit more about their unprecedented postal platform.
Since landing back in 2010, Instagram has taken the world by storm and with over 300 million users, it is now bigger than Twitter. And that is big news for your brand. The look and feel of your feed helps define how your followers perceive your business and ultimately whether or not they’ll engage with your brand. Being an iInstagrammer isn’t just about throwing a filter on it; it’s about balancing the types of images you post, their composition and consistency.
So, step away from the selfie stick and read our advice on the seven posts that will make you big on Instagram.
What if there was a place you could go to talk through all your business startup problems? Meet SuccessLab, the brilliant support-group-for-startups idea you can model in your own city.
It all started in downtown Phoenix where Beth Cochran wanted to build up her PR marketing firm, Wired PR, and decided to find a business coach. Because let’s face it, working for yourself can also mean working in solitude. Where else do you go to talk through your experiences and desperations? No place, really. So business coach it is. After a while, Beth started to feel like the cost outweighed the benefits.
Careful craftsmanship, thoughtful branding and overall attention to aesthetic detail have made the high-end, custom men’s jeans from Noble Denim a hit in the Midwest…and beyond. We caught up with the entrepreneurial couple, Abby and Chris Sutton, to get their story, learn how they’ve managed to rise to the top of the pile and glean their best advice on self-promotion.
So you’re having dinner with the neighbors and you happen to mention you need a web designer. They tell you their son is really into web stuff lately — he’s been taking a class at his high school. Maybe he could help.
Your roll your fingers around your chin for a moment. Oh, the temptation. He’d be cheap. He might even do it in trade for some of those yummy lemon-squares your wife brought to the block party last spring.
At MOO, we champion design and love discovering great ideas, so we teamed up with The 9th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards to sponsor the “Stand Out & Look Great Work Bag” category and help them find the next great accessory designer. We were looking for a unisex design that fulfilled both style and function—and had a little fun along the way. We received nearly five hundred submissions, but the winner was ultimately chosen by you lovely lot on MOO’s social media channels, along with select members of MOO’s design and creative teams. You can watch Jennifer’s amazing nomination film here.
Unless you’ve been hiding away in fear of vacuum cleaners, you’ll know that today is Bring Your Dog to Work Day! Whether you’re a thug with a pug, cabin crew with a shih tzu or a boxer with a… boxer, make sure to take your furry pal along to work with you (and maybe a carrier bag or two).
On Friday 12th June, 600 members of the design community descended on the Royal Geographical Society’s headquarters in London for Here 2015, an annual one-day symposium curated by It’s Nice That and dedicated to all things creative. Never one to miss a good design event – we get terrible FOMO – we slipped on our Nike internationals, made sure our iPhones were fully charged and headed down there.
Our very own Lisa Gralnek is a whiz when it comes to brand marketing. With experience for miles, she wowed us a couple weeks ago at Design Museum Boston’s morning speaker series. Get the full talk here:
We already know that you’re a stylish bunch, but now we want to see how stylish your business cards are too… As part of our ongoing partnership with The School of Style, we’re giving you the chance to win yourself some cool prizes by sharing photos of your fashionable MOO cards via Instagram.
The more the Internet creeps into our pockets, onto our wrists and into our eyeballs, the more apps are becoming an integral part of our life. As a business person, you’re wondering how to get onto that crowded home screen, and as an everyday user you’re wondering why you hear about some apps before others. To answer these useful questions (and not ones like ‘why do we yawn?’ or ‘how old is George Clooney?’), we tapped some industry folk to find out just how to go about launching an app.
Take a quick look at your Twitter feed: what’s going on? Is it a multi-media haven of excitement or is it more a graveyard for your less creative thoughts? If you haven’t heard of Notegraphy by now, it’s quite simply a way to turn your drab text into an attention-grabbing image.
With its commitment to increasing engagement for both brands and users alike, Notegraphy was spawned from a Barcelonan-accelerator that has created numerous well-known names including OmmWriter & Stick With Me Baby. Anything that brings a bit more life to the world of social media is something we can get behind.
It’s officially summer! And that means picnics, froyo, iced coffees, beautiful sunshine and of course THE BEACH! We get very excited about these things at MOO HQ. So much so in fact, that to mark the return of the sunny season, we’ve created a beach-inspired digital wallpaper designed to make you feel like you’re practically on the beach with us.
You may well have noticed, but we do love paper here at MOO. We love it so much in fact that earlier this year, we launched Paper View, a year-long collaboration with SCOPE Art Shows in which we celebrate the wafer-thin and wonderful medium of paper through the work of international artists and curators.
The second installment of this collaboration took place last week and we teamed up with curator extraordinaire A. Moret who selected eleven installation artists to share their paper-based works with SCOPE and MOO audiences. In case you missed it, here we introduce you to the eleven artists and their work.
We were blown away by their creations and we hope that you will be too!
Orproject, Dynamorph, Ivory Paper, 300 gsm, 4.5m x 8m and 3 m high, built at International Cultural Institute, Venice, 2014.
If you didn’t already know guys, it’s Flag Day on Sunday 14th of June. For you non-Americans out there, this is the day that commemorates the adoption of the famous ‘Stars and Stripes’ flag, now synonymous with the good ol’ US of A.
In preparation for this occasion, we paused and took a minute of silence… and then launched into a frenzied creative brainstorm which led us to the creation of a keepsake digital wallpaper we hope will delight you for days to come. Below find all sorts of versions for all sorts of devices.
Wave ‘em loud and wave ‘em proud, boys and girls.
So the song goes ‘the best things in life are free’ right? Well here at MOO we couldn’t agree more, we love a good sunset, go gaga when our favourite song plays on the radio and the power of a well-timed hug is immeasurable.
It’s your cousin’s birthday soon and you’ve hit on THE perfect gift idea: a personalised cat bowl for her cat ‘Molly’. Yay! you say, and add it to your shopping list below the ‘Neon Cactus Light’ that’s going to look ah-mazing in your hallway.
With your list at the ready you set off down to the local shops only to find that you actually can’t, er, find either of the items. Not so Yay eh? So, while this here story may be fictional, I’m sure we’ve all had similar experiences of not finding exactly what we want when out shopping, meaning we often settle for something a little more ordinary.
If you like discovering great design and love reading about interesting projects, chances are you’ve come across the ‘It’s Nice That’ website. If you’ve not yet heard of their website, don’t worry, you now know about it and, like us, you’ll soon be checking it regularly to purr in wonderment at what’s new in the world of architecture, fashion, graphic design and illustration.
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