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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
One of our favourite things about Printfinity (that’s being able to put a different one of your lovely images on every card) is seeing all the clever, fun and inventive ways you use it to showcase what you do. That’s why we ran a competition all about Printfinity (after all, who doesn’t love a competition?).
We wanted to see how you used Printfinity to ensure that after that great networking moment, your brand new connection or customer remembers you and hopefully even recommends you to someone else!
We hope you’re as excited as us about finding out who the winner is, so we’ll get right to it. Let’s give a big round of virtual applause (and some less virtual MOOlah, of …Continue reading this article…
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