Sometimes, the hardest thing about making MiniCards, NoteCards or even Stickers, is what on earth you put on them. You get all geared up ready to make some lovely stuff, look at all your photos and think: ‘Ummm… Actually you know what? I’m not sure I really want to make MiniCards with a photo of last night’s dinner or my cats furballs on.’
To be honest, we had this problem too, so we thought we should do something about it. The solution? MOO Ready Made!
Packs of MiniCards, NoteCards or Stickers, designed by illustrators or photographers who actually know what they’re doing. There’s a nice choice, they look great and all you need to do is personalise them. So for MiniCards or NoteCards, add your details to the back, or for Stickers, choose your book colour.
We spent a lot of time picking a mix of illustration you might like, so here’s our current crew, and a little bit of detail about them.
Brian Taylor is amazing. I came across him a long time ago when I saw a site about a film he was making, called Rustboy. The visuals were really beautiful, and I’ve been keeping an eye on other projects he’s done ever since. CandyKiller is a collection of illustrations, recently published in book form. Slightly sinister on occasion, brilliantly drawn with a retro feel, the pack is a mix of icons, figures and patterns. Take a look at the CandKiller site to get a better idea.
I first came across Lara’s work when I spotted some MiniCards she’d made for herself, in the MOO Flickr pool. The beautiful designs were all her own, and I got in touch to see if she fancied being a tester for the NoteCards launch. She did! Everyone liked the results so much, we thought it would be a good idea to team up. The great thing about Lara’s work is that it works well all the time. Why is this good? Because you can order a pack of NoteCards, keep them at home and use them for the birthdays you accidentally forgot, thank-you cards, party invitations, hello-how-are-you cards… or anything else you can think of. Lara also has a blog, where you can see the new designs and projects she’s working on.
We’ve been wanting to work with COLOURLovers for ages. Their site is a source of inspiration for designers – visitors can find, rate and review colours in a mass of different variations.
They got in touch with us way back, in fact – it’s been so long since we first started chatting that we’ve launched NoteCards and StickerBooks too! We’re pleased we’ve finally teamed up though, as their different colour bar designs looks smart and stylish on NoteCards, but work really well on MiniCards and Stickers.
You know we have a partnership with Vox? Well, I spent some time on there before we launched, checking out the cool illustration and photography blogs. I came across Marc’s blog on my travels and was immediately charmed. His illustrations are, as he says, ‘whimsical’ – but more than that, they really make me laugh. Beautifully drawn, slightly understated, they make great NoteCards and really good MiniCards. The only problem being that I have some stuck to my monitor, which means I’m not going to give them to anyone. Not even you.
You can see more about Marc, his exhibitions and work on his main site.
Like Lara Cameron, we came across Blanca Gomez via her photos in the MOO Flickr Pool. Her own MiniCards featured such lovely, considered illustrations, half the MOO crew wanted them for themselves. Creating simple designs, full of character, Blanca’s NoteCards are good to keep for those ‘I need a card! It’s an emergency!’ occasions, and they make a lovely MiniCard set or StickerBook as a gift for friends. (Who will then think you’re really clever as you ‘made it yourself.’) You can see more of Blanca’s work in her blog
Last by name but not by nature! Last Lemon are a little powerhouse design-duo, based in England. Ralph and Lisa both studied Economics in some form at University, and I’m not entirely sure what happened, but it turned them into copywriters and illustrators respectively. (Parents be warned – pushing your children into number crunching degrees doesn’t mean they’ll turn out the way you’d planned). We’re happy to’ve teamed up with them to make a cute range of MiniCards, based on observations of every-day-life, humorous insults, and most importantly… chocolate.
Now… we’ve also teamed up with the Science Museum to make MiniCards, which are awesome. But. I’ve spent so long waxing lyrical here I haven’t actually done anything else all day. (Unless you count eating the cake our lovely and aptly named team member, Joy, made). So all I have time to say now is, check out the illustrators mentioned above, because their work is really nice – and have a good weekend! (I’m off to help pack more StickerBooks, we have a lot of orders to send.)
I ordered the free promotional moo cards when you first started up with flickr. Never got them. I complained and a year later someone at Moo gave me a promotional code to use for cards or whatever.
I ordered a book of stickers with said code and nothing happened, then I got a very polite note from a moo robot telling me the order is messed up and I might not get the cover color I ordered.
Seem like I’m having bad luck with moo. Boo hoo moo.
I got my Last Lemon moo cards today – and promptly had to give a couple away to my flatmate – they’re so awesome i don’t want to give them away … i’ve also ordered some readymade stickers – i bet i won’t want to give them away either
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