#MOOTypeWeek Round Up

May 2014, by Cheryl | Add a comment

 

We spent last week knee-deep in letters, head to head font battles, a designing with type competition and typeface guessing. You all seemed fairly excited for #MOOTypeWeek and even sent us some of your favorite type examples (although we could spend forever talking about hand lettering versus typography!)

 

Our customer Franz Jietz got a chance in the spotlight, showing off some of his …Continue reading this article…

We made you a mixtape!

May 2014, by Cheryl | 1 Comment – latest by Fingermouse

The MOO offices are always bubbling over with creativity, and because we know how much music helps us get into the mood, we thought we’d share some of our musical inspiration with you. In short, we decided to make you a mixtape.

And it felt right that our first ever playlist had the theme of something that’s truly close to our heart – paper. We even managed to find a couple songs about Business Cards!

Click the picture below to start listening (you’ll have to log into Spotify, but the desktop playlist is free to listen to) or click here to listen in Spotify. Got any you’d like us to add? Comment below or tweet us on @overheardatmoo with you …Continue reading this article…

Design a Historical Letterhead for Bach

May 2014, by Jamie | 3 Comments – latest by Jon

Ever since we launched our brand new Letterheads at the beginning of April, we’ve been pretty smitten with them.  So much so, that in addition to designing some brilliant professional stationery for you and your business, we’ve also made a few designs purely for fun.

Our creative team got together and did what they do best – create! – and dreamt up some Letterhead designs for famous figures in history. They ranged from Ian Fleming to Charles Darwin to Albert Einstein.

We didn’t think we deserved all the fun though – so we thought we’d ask you to take part in a little design competition. We’d love to see what you’d come up with for …Continue reading this article…

Turning Business Cards into Letterheads

May 2014, by steph | 2 Comments – latest by Gans K

We’ve launched Letterheads, and now it’s time to design yours. Yay! If you’re not sure how to get started, never fear – we’ve asked some of our very own designers who helped create our lovely Letterheads to show you exactly how it’s done. MOO fans, meet Stephen, Sophia and Jaime. They’ve gathered together to bring you their top hints and tips on how to work your existing theme into a striking Letterhead. Over to the experts…

I want to design a Letterhead! Where do I start?
Letterheads are the perfect place to get creative with your brand, but they’re also a practical document too, so your design should complement your content rather than distract from it. …Continue reading this article…

Design with Type: Winner

May 2014, by Cheryl | 1 Comment – latest by Stéphanie gagnon

A couple of weeks ago we asked you to have a little fun with type for #MOOTypeWeek by designing an image using only characters and symbols. We had lots of entries, ranging from intricate portraits to incredible wildlife,scenes. It’s fair to say, it made it hard for our team to pick a winner! Eventually, we managed…

So without further ado, our winner of the Design with Type competition is Stéphanie Gagnon, with her antlered friend:

This deer is beautifully laid out from the bottom of his chin to the tips of his majestic antlers. Simply done, but a more than worthy winner of a bit of MOOlah and a classy journal!

We wanted …Continue reading this article…

Franz takes us from A to Z

May 2014, by Andrea | Add a comment

To celebrate Typography Week at MOO, we asked Luxembourg-born type designer Franz Jeitz to take us on his journey from Photoshop mess-arounder to professional-letterer – with some top tips for those of you who are type-curious!

My background is a bit unusual. Rather than studying arts or even graphic design I left uni with a masters degree in physics. But I was growing increasingly passionate about design – even an amateur skateboarder I was always intrigued by the deck designs and I used to play around with Photoshop when I was in a band.

Lettering, however, is a newfound passion and I am improving my skills daily. That’s the only way to get better at type, by the way – a lot …Continue reading this article…

Boston Types

May 2014, by Cheryl | 4 Comments – latest by victor

As you may know by now, we’re big lovers of typography here at MOO. So when it came to decorating the latest MOO office in Boston with those extra touches to make it an even more special place to work (and visit!), it seemed like a no-brainer to us. So we picked some famous fonts and got to work spicing things up a little…

Rockwell

Our brainstorm sanctuary, Rockwell, is adorned with its namesake; the authoritative slab serif. It’s a room of inspiration, with IdeaPaint walls (so we can draw all over them) and a MOO Values wall, which means we finish meetings with heaps of concepts and epiphanies – all on brand of course!

The words on the wall give us inspiration …Continue reading this article…

MOO Designers’ Fave Fonts

May 2014, by Jon | 30 Comments – latest by Susan DeLand

Every designer has a favourite typeface. Or do they? When we asked our design team to give us the font they like to use and read the most, we received a variety of responses. Steve had to play a quick game of ‘eenie-meenie-miney-mo’ on his fingers to make up his mind; Anna went into a daydream-like daze and started murmuring about ampersands… and as for Felix, well!

Once we’d calmed them all down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, (always does the trick) we managed to get slightly more coherent answers out of them.

Here are some MOO Designer font favourites below:
Steve – graphic designer

Anup – design director…Continue reading this article…

Typeface-Off

April 2014, by Cheryl | 1 Comment – latest by michael jahn

It may seem impossible to choose, but we know in your heart of hearts you have a favorite font.

Our design team has chosen some of the most popular and widely appreciated typefaces and now it’s up to you to decide who wins in their head-to-head battle. Just click your favorite to tweet your vote!

Historic Letterheads

April 2014, by steph | 3 Comments – latest by Jacko

To celebrate what Letterheads are all about, our design team gathered together to think about how some of history’s most prolific characters and communicators would have branded themselves in today’s world. After weeks flicking through ancient archives, dusting off history books…(ok not really, but they did use the internet!) they created a unique set of Letterheads and Business Cards for renowned characters including Roald Dahl, Henry VIII, Jane Austen and Albert Einstein. Check out their designs, and head to our Pinterest to see the rest!

Roald Dahl Letterhead

Henry VIII Letterhead

Jane Austen Letterhead

Albert Einstein Letterhead

Letterheads are …Continue reading this article…

An introduction to #MOOTypeWeek from Design Director, Anup

April 2014, by Cheryl | 1 Comment – latest by Emily

I find typography fascinating and I’m not alone. In our office, debates rage daily amongst the designers and writers about stems, serifs, kerning and tracking. The world (of fonts) is our oyster – from simple letterpress blocks or fanciful pen and ink calligraphy to using photographs of household items for letters and of course, there’s the ever-evolving digital font library we have to plunder.

Just last week, there was a feisty debate between Anna, our Head of Graphics and the team over whether the perfect slab serif was Rockwell or Clarendon.

This energy and excitement I’ve felt and witnessed on countless occasions around typography has led us to dedicate a week entirely to the opinion-dividing art of type. So, no matter …Continue reading this article…

Design with Type

April 2014, by Jon | 2 Comments – latest by Alexa

Hello designers, typography nerds, and newbies! This is a fun challenge just about anyone can do. We want you to work that creative muscle and create some type-based artwork for a chance to win MOOlah and a classy Behance Dot Grid Journal.

We want to see what you can do with some type characters used in this somewhat unorthodox manner. Every designer starts with a simple brief, so here’s yours:
create something new using any font or combination of fonts, symbols or any part of type characters.

And in case you need some inspiration, why not check out artist Tiago Pinto’s work who inspired us to make our own little character:

You can create the …Continue reading this article…

To Printfinity and Beyond

April 2014, by Cheryl | 3 Comments – latest by scène ardente d'éjaculation faciale

We know you love Printfinity, but how do you use it to stay in your customers’ minds? With a personalized message? A company fact? Show us how you use Printfinity to be remembered by sharing a photo of your Business Cards, MiniCards or Letterheads (that use Printfinity!) and you’ll be entered to win £100/$150/€125 MOOlah!

Simply send a photo of your beautifully designed printed products to competitions@moo.com with the following: the subject line ‘Printfinity Competition,’ your name, company and 3-4 sentences about how you went about designing your cards and any moment they truly helped you be remembered. Be sure to submit your entries by  11:59pm (BST) 24th April 2014 and we’ll announce the winner …Continue reading this article…

Behind the scenes at the MOO TV ad

April 2014, by leila | 4 Comments – latest by Josh Cummins

There’s no denying that figuring out how to present your business in the right light is a tricky task! There are so many decisions to make – the choices are practically endless. So when it came to creating our own brand new TV ad, you can imagine the hours we spent exploring a range of creative directions… even on the day of the shoot.

If you’ve not seen the ad, you can take a peek here.

Design Director, Anup describes the day of the shoot best: “We wanted the advert to have a low-fi feel to it with a muted colour palette and a dry, almost dull office tone that would contrast epically with the fun, irreverent, wonka-esque mood …Continue reading this article…

A new product deserves a new paper

April 2014, by Ashley | 2 Comments – latest by Vida Gabak

Have you heard the happy news? We’ve launched Letterheads! We wanted to let you in on some of the behind the scenes tidbits, so we sat down with our Director of Product Design, Paul Thorogood to find out how our new Original and Luxe Letterheads came to be.


First off, why Letterheads?
Paul Thorogood: We felt it was one of the most important pieces of stationery that you need for your business – after your business cards, of course – and was another way to really make an impression with customers and clients. Printfinity – our option of a different image on every card or page – really came into its own here too. As …Continue reading this article…

Ok, we’re ready to come clean!

April 2014, by leila | Comments Off

We had an overwhelming response to our blog yesterday announcing our latest delivery option – Pug Post. We had tons of dog owners putting their pets forward to join the Canine Courier programme – deciding it was about time their dogs brought in a little money of their own.

But you might have also noticed that the date was April 1st. So, as much we truly wish we were rolling out Pug Post (we’re suckers for puppy-dog eyes too), we have to confess – it was an April Fools.

April Fools has become something of a tradition over at MOO HQ. So, we’re sorry if we got your hopes up – we just couldn’t resist. Some …Continue reading this article…

Introducing – a delivery option that’s sure to put a smile on your face

April 2014, by leila | 77 Comments – latest by Olesya

What’s cute, cuddly and ready to deliver your MOO order? It’s Pug Post!

Yes – from tomorrow you’ll be able to select the option to have your MOO order delivered by one of our furry canine friends.

Introducing Pug Post!

We’ve never been ones to let the tide of change leave us behind, so when Amazon announced they’d been testing delivery by drones, we decided to re-think our delivery options too.

Our event pick-up service and MOO Shop have helped make delivery a little more convenient and personal. But, we wanted to take it even further, and give our customers a real ‘Yay!’ feeling when they received their order from MOO.

We knew drones …Continue reading this article…

When MOO met MOO

March 2014, by DavidM | 1 Comment – latest by Evi

Here’s a little story about two MOO teams that were so close, yet so far away (over 3000 miles, in fact!). These teams look after businesses with 20+ employees at MOO; one team lives in the UK and the other lives in the US.

The teams were in regular contact over the phone and via video conferencing, but they felt something was missing. They harboured a secret dream … that one day they could meet up.

But there was a barrier to their dream – a little expanse of water known as the Atlantic Ocean (gasp!) With rubber dinghies not being an option, the teams almost gave up on the idea.

But wait a minute, …Continue reading this article…

Eureka! Happy Days Publishing

March 2014, by louise | 1 Comment – latest by Michelle

Continuing our series on those one-of-a-kind lightbulb moments where businesses are born, this week we’re featuring Happy Days Publishing. Founded by Gillian Hesketh, the business produces creative resources for organisations that support people going through difficult times.

Gillian has always had a love of creative processes, and a yearning to become a writer. Her journey towards Happy Days Publishing began when she signed up for a degree and then a Masters degree in English language, literature and writing, alongside caring for her sons, her mother and volunteering too!

During her Masters degree, she studied how creative writing and drawing can help people that are going through traumatic times to access and understand their emotions. …Continue reading this article…

‘Take the Edge Off’ with rounded MiniCards!

March 2014, by Ashley | Add a comment

When we first created rounded MiniCards, we wanted to find the best way to show off their versatility and style – which is why we turned to fellow design enthusiasts, RockPaperInk! Together we made ‘Take the Edge Off’ – a challenge for designers to use rounded MiniCards’ as a tiny canvas to create something special. Some chose to showcase their portfolio, while others used it to represent how they ‘take the edge off’ and relax. Needless to say, the results blew us away! From Zen-style stones to business mantras, we loved how each designer put their own personality into their MiniCards. And because we like to share, here’s a handful of the brilliant outcomes below!:

59 National …Continue reading this article…

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