Parties and Pixels, Fun and Formats, You and MOO

July 2008, by Denise | 7 Comments – latest by Teala

It’s already been over a week since the launch of MOO Business Cards. After taking a quick recovery lie-down, we’ve been busy fixing odd things and gawping at the amazing cards you’ve been making.

There are a few things we’re still working on, so if you see anything odd, please bear with us. If it’s *really* odd then please contact us and let us know the details. Sometimes things happen that we just can’t replicate and it’s your great feedback that helps to make things better.

There’s now an online template for Business Cards, for those who’ve asked. Like the templates for other products it’s the right size in pixels, millimetres and dpi, all you need to do is add …Continue reading this article…

The secret’s out: MOO Business Cards are here!

July 2008, by Denise | 46 Comments – latest by Charlotte

The eagle-eyed among you might have spotted this already, but for those who had to blink at some point yesterday – MOO’s launched Business Cards! As so many of you have asked for the MOO MiniCard magic just that little bit bigger, we felt duty bound to indulge you.

MOO Business Cards are a similar size to standard business cards, but with some very cool differences:

Unlike lots of business cards, MOO gives you the option of a different image on every one.
Using magic technology we’ve decided to call ‘PrintFinity’, you can have a different photo, logo or design on every card. So, when people ask you what you do, you can show them – …Continue reading this article…

Bye, Kim!

June 2008, by Denise | 2 Comments – latest by Rob Metzgar

You know that Ready Made had a shiny new facelift recently? You can browse and search packs, see the whole content of a pack in all it’s colourful glory, add images of pack-thumbnails to your own site, and add special tags to your photos of packs you’ve bought…

Well, it wasn’t just that the ‘front end’ (what you can see) that changed. A whole bunch of stuff at the ‘back end’ changed too. And there’s more planned – and all of it is rockin’. While the team worked together to make it all happen, the planning, thinking, occasional yelling, frequent cajoling (with cake), and general project management was done by Kim.

Ready with a smile, frequently …Continue reading this article…

Fond farewells, happy bonjours.

June 2008, by Denise | Add a comment

Our first intern has flown the nest. We knew this day would come – it’s kind of what interns do I suppose, but it doesn’t make it any better. Rui, who we introduced all those months ago has got a brand new job back in Japan. On the one hand, we’re really happy for her – the job sounds great – but we can’t help feeling a wee bit sorry for ourselves.

But, we shall let her speak for herself:

“Hi Moosters,
It’s very sad to announce that I have to leave MOO and cannot be one of the MOO staffs any more. I found a career opportunity at an international organisation, which deals with environmental problems in Japan. In …Continue reading this article…

Photoshop wizards, sharing spells

June 2008, by Denise | 9 Comments – latest by kristina

We announced MOO’s API the other week – which allows people with just a little tech knowledge to create cool apps that integrate with MOO’s process. If you don’t have the tech knowledge but still fancy making something cool, you could try using Photoshop instead.

Two talented MOOsters, Dawn Mikulich and Aral Balkan have posted their creative Photoshop templates online. Each produce very different, but very cool results.

First up, Dawn. A talented children’s photographer based in Chicago , Dawn recently made this set of MiniCards:

With beautiful bright images, the cards are split into sections, perfectly showcasing several photos at once. Dawn has kindly put the template online – and it sounds like it’s going …Continue reading this article…

Your Webby, our chocolate

June 2008, by Denise | 2 Comments – latest by vzaar Jamie

It’s funny when you look round, realise your CEO isn’t here, and only figure out where he’s gone by reading the national press. Luckily for us, the mention is in a broadsheet, and no, Richard isn’t embroiled in some tabloid fiasco. He’s been at the Webby’s!

The mention was in the British paper, The Guardian, where UK blogger Zoe Margolis was live blogging the event. Richard was there to pick up the People’s Voice Award (that’s you) for Best Service (that’s us). It was super cool for us to even be nominated, let alone win, so we can only thank you again.

The Webby’s are famous for various things, not least the fact they insist on 5 word …Continue reading this article…

Announcing the MOO API

June 2008, by stefan | 2 Comments – latest by Designer-artist

One of those rare posts from the technology department. I’m very pleased to announce the MOO API. The API allows those with some programming skills to write programs that can specify all the data required to make an MOO product (including fully variable images AND text), and then redirect a user to the checkout process for that product.

At present, the API is in beta – we think it’s mostly done, but we might make a few changes before we ‘go 1.0′. We expect any changes to be backward-compatible at this point. What’s more, when we go 1.0, we’ll be sharing revenue back with the API key holders (and we’ll backdate for any packs made during the beta period). The exact …Continue reading this article…

Feeling a little drawn

May 2008, by Denise | 6 Comments – latest by José

We’ve got some great designers on MOO, and it has to be said, we don’t talk about them enough. Their work is vast and varied, ranging from the cute, to the scientific, the sarcastic and the scary.

Whilst browsing around our Flickr pool I spotted this great photo:

It’s by MOO designer Andrea Joseph. She’s been ordering a few of her own Ready Made packs, and photographing the printed artwork next to the original subject of the illustration. Look at this one too:

And some of the pens she works with:

The above MiniCards are all available as individual images – so you can mix and match with …Continue reading this article…

Bring me sunshine

May 2008, by Denise | 5 Comments – latest by Katrine K

It’s been a really busy week at MOO towers, hence the slight lack of blog updates. Since the launch of the new-look Ready Made last week, we’ve all been heads down working on our latest Thing, which of course, we can’t talk about. But rest assured, it’s all good, and when we can tell you more, we will do.

We have one new addition to the team this week! Meet Sid:

He’s our latest front-end developer. Quite experienced, he can also speak French and German, so he’s helping out on any little localisation issues. He does talk a lot, but is always ready with good advice – you can see him helping Nicky here, while they grab …Continue reading this article…

Spring cleaning, and a bit of sparkle

May 2008, by Denise | 1 Comment – latest by Steve

Did you notice we’ve changed a bit? We’ve got a bit wider, got a snazzy new homepage (featuring some great photos from our fantastic customers) and best of all, we’ve made it easier to browse about and go shopping!

Yes, we’ve given Ready Made a bit of a facelift, which means it’s now much easier to view designer packs of cards or stickers and treat yourself (or your friends) to something really special.

(Like these colourful NoteCards, from Kevin Meredith

or these retro pattern MiniCards, by Rachel Cave)

If you’ve never seen MOO Ready Made at all before, we will forgive you – it was a bit hidden. Basically, it’s packs of cards or …Continue reading this article…

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