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Supermundane Interview

July 2014, by Andrea | Add a comment

Supermundane is the pseudonym of designer Rob Lowe, whose signature mesmerising illustrations have been exhibited worldwide. We were lucky enough to work with Rob to launch MOO Flyers, and we absolutely love his ‘compliment’ style! We invited him into MOO HQ to sign his Flyers – and have a little chat.

How did you get into design?

Well, I was good at art, and not good at anything else! Or maybe ‘not interested’ is a better way of putting it. These days, you can do a GCSE in graphic design, but if you were creative and unfocused in the ‘80s, they didn’t really know what to do with you. I went to the career …Continue reading this article…

A chat with designer Debbie Millman

July 2014, by Ashley | Add a comment

A few things to know about Debbie Millman – she’s a designer, an author of three books, Chief Marketing Officer at Sterling Brands, and the head of her own design-led podcast. Luckily for us (and in spite of her very busy schedule!), she’s also the latest designer to partake in our Luxe Project series, where proceeds are donated to the designer’s charity of choice. In this case, the revenue from Millman’s designs will be donated to The Joyful Heart Foundation, a charity that strives to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.

One more thing to know about Debbie Millman before you get reading – she’s a fantastic creator of lists!
Tell us a little …Continue reading this article…

Flip out for the #MOOflip winner!

July 2014, by Cheryl | Add a comment

We’re sure all you eager cartoonists are on the edge of your seats waiting to hear the results of our recent #MOOflip contest, and we have one heck of a winner! We were super impressed with all your creative and original entries, and our Content Manager Leila had her work cut out picking her favourite.

However, there was one that really ‘jumped off the page,’ if you will. We must have watched it a hundred times (almost, anyway) and we’re still as impressed as we were the first time round.

So congrats on a job well done to…

Hannah O!

You can take a look at her awesome artwork here:

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Behind the scenes at MOO: Creating the artwork for our sale

July 2014, by Jon | Add a comment

Ever stopped to look at a piece of creative artwork and wondered what the designer’s inspiration was, or how they arrived at a finished piece? If you’re anything like us, then the answer is probably yes!

When we spotted MOO Senior Designer Matt’s design for the latest MOO Sale, our curiosity naturally got the better of us. So we’ve picked his brains and taken a sneaky peek into the design studio to find out how he came up with the idea and how he brought it to life. Over to you, Matt!

“The brief was to create something vibrant and attention grabbing. We wanted to hint at ‘summer fun’ without being obviously seasonal, especially as our …Continue reading this article…

Flipping awesome!

June 2014, by Jon | 4 Comments – latest by Ray Mongey

If you were to flick through any of the notebooks here at MOO HQ, you’d find them brimming with designers’ sketches, marketing managers’ to-do lists, and even the occasional song lyric (some of us are still holding out on those dreams of fame…)

If you’re really lucky, you might find something even more exciting. We recently had a little nosey through Art Worker James’ notebook and look at what we found:

This gave us an idea. To help celebrate our new line of Mohawk Strathmore notebooks (they’re pretty fancy – check them out here!), we thought we’d challenge you to show us your most creative flipbook animations.

So pick up your pens and get doodling! …Continue reading this article…

Introducing… Strathmore Notes

June 2014, by Andrea | 1 Comment – latest by Kara

MOO aren’t the only ones who truly appreciate the power of fine paper – notebook users from the dawn of time feel the same way! Franz Kafka wrote in quarto-sized notebooks, while Pulitzer prize winning author Frank McCourt confessed to using notebooks for over forty years. And Thomas Hardy liked them so much, he had a different one for every different type of thoughts – including one titled simply “Facts”.

That’s why we’re incredibly excited to reveal that MOO are the exclusive host to a brand new line of beautiful paper journals, created by our friends (and fine paper makers) over at Mohawk…so without further ado, we introduce Strathmore Notes.

Designed for beauty and …Continue reading this article…

Five simple steps to getting that creative job

June 2014, by anup | Add a comment

It’s difficult to get a job in your chosen creative industry – difficult, but not impossible! The competition is definitely fierce though, so we asked Anup, Design Director at MOO, to give some words of wisdom – wisdom that’s coming at you directly from the type of person who’ll be doing the hiring! And here’s what he has to say…

So you’ve passed through college and graduated – phew! Now you can just walk out and score an amazing job hanging out in a cool space, with cool people, doing cool stuff and getting paid, right? Wrong, I’m afraid… now the hard work starts. And these days the competition is tougher than ever out there – so here are five tips …Continue reading this article…

The right tools for the job

June 2014, by emma | 3 Comments – latest by emma

We’ve all had that ‘not-enough-hours-in-the-day’ feeling, so finding those things that make our working lives that little bit easier can be a real blessing.

As an online business, we’re big fans of calling on technology to help us do our jobs better. We caught up with a few of the MOO Crew to discover the tools they swear by for getting things done.

 
1.  TweetDeck
Jon Baldwin, Community and Content Associate: “Tweetdeck is a super useful tool. It lets me see all the tweets that mention MOO, Business Cards or any of our other products, as well as follow interesting conversations with different hashtags. I can also create filters to show me only the relevant or most important tweets, which is perfect for …Continue reading this article…

Join the fold

June 2014, by Jon | 6 Comments – latest by Susan

We all know that Letterheads are a great way to send professional business communications, such as invoices, proposals, cover letters and more. These interactions with clients and business partners are important for helping your brand to stand out and be remembered, and are the perfect opportunity to have a little fun and show off your personality, too.

Letterheads have another trick up their sleeves – folding! When designing your Letterheads, why not give some thought to how the person opening the envelope will experience the information and your chosen design? Thanks to double-sided colour printing and the option of Printfinity with MOO Letterheads, there’s plenty of room to get creative.

We asked Felix, MOO Product Designer and …Continue reading this article…

Get on your bike: Wheels for Water

June 2014, by leila | Add a comment

You don’t have to be a superhero to make a difference in the world – but though many people sympathise with the plight of those less fortunate, far fewer turn their sympathy into a charitable business that truly makes a difference.

That’s why we admire Justin Ahrens, founder of Wheels4Water – because that’s exactly what he’s done! And no, he’s not a super human or a saint – he’s an ordinary creative professional, who, as you’re reading this, is currently well into his 1000 mile ride from Atlantic Ocean to Lake Michigan (a journey that, he assures us, includes real actual mountains!) in order to raise awareness for the world water crisis, and money to provide an entire …Continue reading this article…

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