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Christmas presents for St Marys

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

After reading about St Marys Primary School in the Evening Standard, we decided to collect lots of presents for the kids. It was lots of fun to collect them, wrap them (thank you Helen, Alex, Neville!!!). I delivered all 165 on Friday evening, and we wish to thank all of the people who gave wonderful stuff generously:

Our own new website!

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Michelle has taken the best part of the last few weeks of December to build and perfect our 100+ pages website.

And now it is ready to go live, just in time before Christmas!

Thank you very much, Michelle! :)

…and it’s Christmassy inside

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Excuse the blurry mess, thank god I am not a photographer, huh. But this is of course only a crafty trick to hide the Peppa Pig Christmas Crackers on my not particularly tidy desk in the background…

Well, in the office, we’ve started to pop the Xmas crackers and prepare to wind 2010 down.

It’s Christmassy in the streets….

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

We have recruited!

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

After a couple of months of searching and a mighty amount of months of procrastinating, we have finally added a new member to the Moustique Design team.

This lovely new person who will be able to help you with your ecommerce websites, CMS websites and blog systems is called Alberto. Welcome Alberto! :)

Re-building our own website

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

A designer’s website is always the unloved and neglected part of the business, just like a tailor is supposed to have a ripped coat and a cobbler holy shoes. Holy? Errrm.Anyway… our little design star Sarah re-designed our own site back in May, and we have been so busy that we have taken a ridiculous amount of time to actually build it. But as it has over 100 pages, it will take quite a bit of time.

We’re recruiting!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

We are looking for a PHP developer who is also a wizard with HTML and CSS. Maybe even someone who understands German, that would be useful. Well, we are looking for a lot of things in just one person – as these things are when you’re a small company; there’s heaps to do and everyone needs to get stuck in and be versatile and enjoy doing it. Well, we enjoy doing it and hopefully we’ll find that lovely elusive person who will fit in like a glove. Click here to see our requirements….

business networking in the Circus Space

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Business Junction organised a lovely networking event at a Circus school which is only a 10 minute walk from us. Ronny and I went to learn (or not to learn) some juggling skills, have some lovely Greek food and do a lot of mingling.

It was lots of fun, although I am a natural at being hopeless, but look at Ronny:

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What a natural. so where the others in our group, here’s another picture. It was a wonderful way to break the ice, as going into a room full of strangers is always daunting but everybody was giggling and dropping balls and chucking them at each other instead of at their own hand (at least most of us did, unintentionally so) and you felt an instant connection with everyone. Someone even tried to coach me and I think I moved up from totally hopeless to mediocrely hopeless.



Here, Mister Business Junction announces to the group that he is seriously hung-over.

All in all, it was well worth spending the money and more over the time of 2 hours + to mingle with other businesses in Hoxton and Shoreditch – we met loads of interesting ones, ranging from a photographer who shot HRH the Duke of Kent (not literally) to IT firms, branding consultants and a not-boring logistics business.

we plan our web design week

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

It is not easy to juggle all the different web development and design projects we are working on at any time, and we have got a great information management system for ourselves where we put useful information about the design projects, links to Sandcastle Web Design & Development ideas, and what we do and who is meant to do it. But it is lacking a really simple overview page, which should ideally be visual and colourful.

Well, Steffi has found it! It is called the big picture and we are able to create blobs in various colours. So one colour represents me (the Moustique pink of course) and I create as many pink blobs as needed to represent all my management tasks. Another colour represents Neville (a nice and friendly orange, as nice and friendly as he is), and various shades of blue and green represent our other web coders – they chose more sober and cool colours, quite fitting for a web developer, really. And my web and graphic designer ladies are a light shade of warm yellow. As beautiful as their web designs – or graphic designs, as we offer that as well.


So we have lots of blobs that show us which web design or graphic design projects need to be done, and if they are more urgent projects, they are bigger, and if they are less urgent, they are smaller. Cool! I am really excited – finally I can throw all the bits of paper away and just look at once central screen. For more tips on web design check out

Moustique Design move to Old Street

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Hello again!

It has been a busy few weeks and weekends what with the tradeshow-  and instantly afterwards, we rushed to get the business moved to the other end of town – in this scorching heat! We are now at 77 East Road near Old Street Tube station, and here is what our new set-up looks like: