Mustard Design Agency Team up with Monsieur Notebook to create new custom notebook brand Book Block 

At Mustard we are devoted users of notebooks, the notebook being the first port of call on the creative journey. We have worked with the guys behind Monsieur Notebook during both ours and their earliest days on earth to create the brand they are today. In the course of our work, we were looking for a way of showcasing our talents, whilst also offering a worthy gift, and thought it would be great if we could give out some of Monsieur’s notebooks with our designs.

And then we got stuck. Unless we manufactured and printed 500+ of one design with the right finish, it wouldn’t be viable. This got us thinking… wouldn’t it be great if designers, artists and illustrators like us could produce awesome books in smaller numbers.

Together we started to develop our own way of binding and printing books, allowing us to produce custom notebooks one-by-one. Thus creating the custom notebook brand Book Block.

We will be posting more news in the near future. But please visit to find out more about this awesome project

Mitsidi Projectos Founder Edward Borgstein discusses how working with Mustard Design Agency has benefited his organisation

Developing the site with Mustard Design Agency has really helped us define clearly what we are and what sort of work we do – something we had not done previously.

The branding, visuals and translation of the site started to bring the team to work together as a unit, rather than each one working on disparate projects. For the first time, we presented ourselves as an entity, rather than as a loose group of consultants. Having this unified “face” is essential for winning corporate work rather than the R&D stuff we have mostly been focusing on.

The recognisable name and easy website are turning a lot of website hits into phone calls, with people, enterprises and companies wanting to involve us in projects. For example, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development saw a presentation I gave, went onto the site and invited Mitsidi to participate as an entity in a project they are running to lead transformational change in energy efficiency in Rio de Janeiro.

In a previous article – What CMS should I build my website on - I discussed a belief that CMS should be chosen based on both a websites wireframes and the platform the given agency/developers feel most comfortable. Several developers I know found this to be strange advice but I feel that part of my rationale was misunderstood. I was certainly not suggested to use CMS ‘X’ over CMS ‘Y’ purely based on a developers experience. The point that unless there are specific requirements (i.e. a need for smart taxonomy which would mean drupal would be the most sensible choice) then the choice should be partly informed by the skills and experience of the developers.
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With over a million unique visits a month Mongabay is a leading environmental, science and conservation news site. It aims to raise interest in wildlife and wildlands while promoting awareness of environmental issues. Originally the site was based around a text on tropical rainforests written by found Rhett Butler, but the site has since expanded to a range of other topics and is available in more than three dozen languages.
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When developing a CMS website you’d be forgiven for presuming that one of the firsts questions you should ask is what system the site should be developed on. However this is far from true. Choosing a CMS should actually be one the last tasks during the preproduction stage of development.

There are of course logistical issues unrelated to a websites functionality that need to be considered, from platform security to the capabilities of a CMS to work with an IT configuration or server. But ultimately it is the websites wireframes that will hold the answer to which platform is best suited for the job. Well half the answer anyway. The other half of the answer is something you will rarely read when googling this very question.
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The Busking Project is doing a latitudinal study examining to what extent busking affects the way people experience and connect to public urban environments, and what policies cities around the world employ to encourage and foster a vibrant artistic community.

Their aim is to engender a positive, healthy cultural environment in city centres worldwide. They will make our research available, giving buskers, civil rights and art organisations the tools they need to defend their right to sing, dance and play in the street.
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We’re still in Beta phase but we are looking for people in South London with tangible skills and perhaps more importantly a desire to try something new to join

We love info-graphics and this design is not exception. Created by Pop Chart Lab, this info-graphic categorises over 300 different types of fruit. You can buy a 39 inch print from their website and at $29 it’s pretty cheap too (with the exception of the usual american postage costs).   It will certainly be going on our studio wall for a bit of inspiration!