Say hello to Ida Skivenes. She’s a Norwegian-born food artist, photographer and author of the book Eat your Art Out living in Berlin. She’s also behind @Idafrosk, her Instagram account where she posts images of her food-based art to her 200,000 plus followers. So being total foodies here at MOO, we naturally asked her to be our latest #sharesquares guest Instagram artist.
We caught up with Ida recently to find out what inspires her creations and how her love of Instagram has helped her career.
How would you best describe your job?
I’m a full-time food artist and photographer. I make creative food-based art for …Continue reading this article…
Who is the squarest of them all? Any creative can tell you, sometimes having to work inside a box can bring out your most creative ideas. So we’ve teamed up with the SCOPE Art Show to see what kind of fun, fresh, inspiring and innovative things you can do within one shape: the square!
This Instagram art competition will give one artist the chance to see their artwork exhibited at SCOPE Miami Beach 2014, one of the most prestigious art shows among Art Basel’s international offering in December. Teaming up with SCOPE Art Show, MOO will host an installation called ‘Creativity Squared,’ featuring the works of nine renowned and up and coming artists. …Continue reading this article…
You’ll no doubt have noticed a few changes around the place lately. As Richard, our CEO, will tell you, we’ve been busy bees over the past year refreshing our brand to reflect how MOO has grown and where we are today.
But don’t worry, despite the odd nip and tuck here and there, we’re still the same MOO underneath – some things will never change. As our Design Director, Anup, explains, it’s all about staying fresh and up-to-date, “We’re eight years old now and design changes in that timeframe. Naturally, being the creative folk that we are, we couldn’t help but tweak our look and feel to best represent what we so firmly believe in – that design works …Continue reading this article…
London Fashion Week isn’t just all stylish people and cool parties. This industry-based event, which just wrapped this week in the capital, is part of a worldwide fashion month that also goes to New York, Milan and Paris. During this five-day event, London hosts more than 50 catwalk shows, 15 presentations, plus over 120 UK and international designers exhibit. Who said fashion was glamorous?
So how do emerging designers get noticed during London Fashion Week when they’re just one brand out of many? MOO spoke to two sustainable, eco-friendly brands about how they turned to Luxe products to convey their brand’s quality and individuality and how it helped get the attention …Continue reading this article…
September has always felt like the most fashionable time of the year – between international fashion weeks and beautiful Fall/Winter collections, it’s hard not to get into the style spirit. That’s why we thought Denise Fiedler’s fashion-centric collages made a timely design series for this month’s Luxe Project. Her work ‘Fashion Math’ features the numbers from vintage math flash cards posing as buckles, bows and collars atop feminine wardrobe staples – with a light heartedness that Denise says she finds ‘symbolic of what fashion does for us.’
Denise used paper collage to design Square and Classic Business Cards, Notecards, and Letterhead – with proceeds donated to Creative Growth, a nonprofit visual arts center in California. We chatted with the …Continue reading this article…
Allow me to introduce myself, I’m Richard, the founder of MOO.
September 2014 marks our eighth birthday. Eight!
Back in 2006 we were just nine people, based out of a tiny warehouse in East London. MOO’s early success was so rapid that the entire team had to down tools to help pack customer orders – we even had to bring our friends along to help (bribed with pizza). Thankfully there’s less of that nowadays, pizza is very carb-heavy.
Whilst MOO continues to enjoy great popularity, a lot of other things have changed. We’ve expanded internationally, added new products and our focus has shifted more towards helping businesses of all sizes look great. I’m immensely proud of the people who have worked here …Continue reading this article…
It’s Small Business Advice Week in the UK and to celebrate we’ve curated a selection of our most popular Expert Tips for small businesses. Read below to find out more!
1. Write a great business plan
Every great business idea needs financial support to bring it to life. Read our tips to writing a successful business plan to secure that investment you need or to simply keep your business on track.
2. Be more than a one-man shop
You’re on your own but still need to stand out from the big corporate giants in your industry. Read our guide on simple ways to make a difference when you’ve only got one person for the job, you!
3. Tips to …Continue reading this article…
It’s been many months in the making and now it’s finally here. Yay! Say hello to the newest kid on the MOO block, the Square Business Card.
If you’re after a fun and flexible way of showing off your creativity, then look no further. This little guy could be just what you need to get the conversation started. Perfect for promoting your portfolio, products or social details, the latest addition to our family is a palm-sized hand-out that stands out.
If you’re into Instagram, then you’re in luck. With our brand new integration tool, showing off your Instagram photos is a piece of cake. The launch of Square Business Cards seemed the ideal time …Continue reading this article…
To celebrate the launch of our new Square Business Cards, and a rather fun option to upload your images straight from Instagram, we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite Instagram photographers and artists to celebrate the wonderful image ratio of 1:1; the square.
Say hello to Tom. He’s the artist and cat enthusiast behind foxesandcats, which might just be the most adorable Instagram profile we’ve ever seen. Tom has garnered quite a following since he launched foxesandcats, where he posts some of his amazing drawings and photography, so we thought it would be great if he took over MOO’s Instagram for a few days. You can see some of his posts here.…Continue reading this article…
In case you missed it, we ran a competition where we asked you to enter by sharing a compliment with a friend on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #toyoufromMOO… it was certainly fun seeing all those positive vibes being passed around the internet!
Here’s the winning tweet, which we pulled at random from a proverbial hat. (It was actually a spreadsheet, but that’s a little less dramatic but still totally random).
With an ever-changing work climate, there’s a good chance you’ve worked freelance before, have heard of the 4-hour workweek (and want to try it, right?) or in fact, work a double life.
What’s a double work life? This is when you spend your day at a 9-5 job and your evenings or weekends working on your own business, a second job or passion project. Here at MOO, we’re fascinated by these ‘double lifers’ and even have quite a few of them working for us too.
So, we’ve started a series where we get to know some exciting, inspiring folks in our community and at MOO too, to find out what it takes to lead a double life, err work life, we mean…
The rise of the pop-up
The past couple of years have seen something pretty exciting emerge in the retail landscape. Small brands, without a brick-and-mortar shop, are now promoting their online experience offline.
Welcome to the age of the pop-up shop.
Riding the wave
A pop-up shop pretty much does what it says on the tin. It ‘pops up’ for a few days or weeks before disappearing again. Not only do they introduce a brand to a new audience, but because it’s temporary, they can prompt people to buy now to prevent that dreaded FOMO, or fear of missing out.
Also, pop-ups allow smaller businesses, without the means to invest in costly market …Continue reading this article…
When we launched our brand new Flyers in June, we got excited about the all the way we could not only show them in action – but prove that Flyers can be much more than the ordinary pieces of paper you get handed outside the train station. This got us thinking, what does everyone love getting that’s completely free? Why, compliments of course!
We attached 600 complimentary Flyers to the walls in London’s Southbank Centre and at the Design Museum Boston and watched as everyone spread the love. We teamed up with world-renowned graphic artist Supermundane to create the six typographic compliments, all printed on MOO Flyers. As he was signing all 1,201 Flyers we caught up with …Continue reading this article…
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…
Calling all MOO friends and fans! We’re attending NY NOW in New York next month, and we need some part-time help. We’re a friendly team at MOO, passionate about the products we make, and the way we make them. We’d like to find some folks who share our passion so if you enjoy talking to people, have experience working at tradeshows or just plain love MOO, we want to hear from you. Not free for NY NOW but interested in working in New York in the future? Drop us a line, and we’ll keep you on file for next time.
Applicants must live in or near the New York City area with transportation to/from The Javits …Continue reading this article…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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