If you are a little like us here at MOO HQ, chances are that you are attending a few conferences and talks this year. As well as your taking a good supply of MOO cards to hand out to the lovely new people you’ll meet, the smartphone is a conference Must Have. Here are the best apps that may well be useful for you.
Starting up your own food brand can be a daunting task. Be it a restaurant, blog, pop-up stall or whatever else you come up with, the market’s already fiercely competitive. We used our noodles here at MOO to pool some advice for you guys who are considering taking a step into the (onion) ring of food business.
Sometimes the lunch meal deals can get a bit too much. Your stood in the aisle, looking up and down for the different components to create your soporific sandwich set ,wondering where it all went wrong. The ladies over at Lunch BXD are aiming to fix this drab experience by offering a nutritional, flavoursome and filling lunch box, bike-delivered to your office at lunch time.
Photo credit: Daniel Krieger
You may not know the name Dominique Ansel, but you’ll almost definitely have heard of his headline inducing creation the Cronut™ (half croissant, half donut, totally delicious). He’s an obsessed baker who trained with the best, then trained plenty of others, before opening his first Bakery in 2011.
This year he’s going global: opening an Asian flagship Bakery in Tokyo and a 2,500 square-foot space in New York named the ‘Dominique Ansel Kitchen’. The insurmountable sweet-savant’s got a mouth-watering resume, so it only seemed right that we chewed the fat with the passionate pastry proprietor.
Call the banner men! Election fever is sweeping the UK with the politicians out in force. If that wasn’t enough political intrigue to get your teeth into, there’s also a brand new season of Game of Thrones inbound!
We’ve got a very important announcement to share with you today, MOO are delving into the previously unsmelled territory of scented stationery. It made total scents for us to develop our own range of MOOScents that can be applied to any of your existing products.
Rebellion is a sliding scale. It ranges from not putting your bowl in the dishwasher, to cycling to work naked – “less friction, less pollution!” TripRebel are somewhere in between, trying to shake up the hotel booking industry by offering people a reasonable way to book holiday accommodation.
Communities are like tropical fish tanks, you want one… but they’re difficult to maintain and can more often than not lead to a barren space, which was formerly bustling with colourful, vibrant people (or fish). EyeEm have managed to create a worldwide community of photographers who use their app, comment on other’s photos and involve themselves in ‘Missions’.
You may have heard the term “coworking” lately, and for good reason. If you’re unsure what it is, it’s basically working independently in a physical space where others are doing the same thing – think University library but without the stench of apathy and regret in the air.
When the most exciting part of your typographical day is a colleague ironically using comic sans you know you’ve got to get up, get out, and get looking.
Don’t worry though; we’ve got your back. We’ve put together a list of exciting events that’ll egg on your ego and entice you to enter events from all around the world.
Rounded Corner Square Business Cards have been in the MOO family for a little while now and it’s fair to say they’ve gone down a treat. We love to see how our customers use them to showcase their photography and designs. So, in the spirit of sharing, here are some of our favourite creations:
If you were among the crowd that filled the basement of MOO’s London HQ on Wednesday 18th March, you would’ve had a real feast of design inspiration. We were treated to a six-course feast of short talks from a range of interesting folk all answering the question ‘how has design changed the world?’. If you couldn’t make it, that’s okay, we summarised the highlights (the best kind of leftovers). Without further ado, tuck in, bon appetit!
Here at MOO HQ we believe in the act of sharing, whether it’s your last Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or your immaculately crafted business cards (:D). So, in the interest of practicing what we preach and sharing the love, we’ve done some research on habits for you guys. Stay seated, put your feet up and let us take you through the best books, articles, podcasts and infographics on the humble, yet powerful habit.
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Remember that New Year’s resolution where you promised to only eat foods that were shades of emerald green? Me neither! There’s tons of digital habit tracking stuff available to help keep focused, but if you’re not interested, you can just turn it off and swallow another slice of pizza.
Simple rules for work and life right? That’s certainly the approach of Samantha Lott, founder of Birdie List. Simplicity is all you crave during the whirlwind of wedding planning. When you’re considering which brand of toaster to put on the gift registry, sometimes all you really want/ need is a bit of extra money towards the downstairs toilet, or a helping hand with your trip to Thailand to relive that oh-so-distant youth of yours.
We all know that design usually concerns aesthetics – how something looks. But have you ever asked yourself what design sounds like? Whether the heart-breaking choice of tone for your morning alarm to the breaking news app alert on your phone, the accuracy and creativity of sound design is an important piece of the artistic puzzle.
What do you mean what does it mean? Nope, this isn’t a flashback to that time you questioned the logic behind basic mathematics (“A minus times a minus equals a plus, Jon, for the 500th time!” *sob*); it’s a famed print by Anthony Burrill. The English graphic artist, print maker, designer and all-round good guy’s simple yet brilliantly provocative creations have titillated type fans all across the globe.
Are you ready to take the jump? Meet Sonia Padam who made the leap from accountant to entrepreneur with Eight Hour Studios, a luxury sleepwear brand. We spoke to her about her inspiration to change careers, the importance of strong brand values, how to create a network of influencers and that it’s OK to make a few mistakes along the way. Phew! Her brand may be called Eight Hour Studio but it took much more than a night’s sleep to develop. Read below to hear all about Sonia’s story.
Alongside her roles as a media director, events planner, editor-in-chief and all-round artist advocate, Lori Zimmer is the first of our guest curators for Paper View, our 2015 content series in partnership with SCOPE. We snatched some time in her busy schedule to discover more about her passions for paper and pulverized refrigerators, and how on earth she manages to stay sane with so much going on.
Paper. Where would we be without it? No fridge doors drowning in kids’ crayon masterpieces. No office doodles for psychologists to have a field day with. No sickly love notes exchanged between teenage crushes before hearts are so cruelly broken (we’re not bitter, honest).
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