Calling all MOVA fans! How well do you know our company and our globes? Test your knowledge with our short quiz and maybe even learn some new facts along the way.
The best thing about a globe is that it’s an entry point for everybody. Everybody plays in that world…it’s a community-building tool. (Ron Miriello)
As an employee of MOVA, I’m always drawn to other globes when I see them (it’s hard not to be). Naturally, I was intrigued when I stumbled across the 100 Worlds Project, a collection of interpreted globe sculptures built from materials you would never imagine a globe to be built of – pencils, shoe soles, book pages, steel cables, just to name a few. When I found out that Ron is based in San Diego, I reached out to him and he suggested getting lunch to talk about our globes. It was on a sunny Friday afternoon that my co-worker Tori and I met up with Ron at a local seafood joint.
April 22 is Earth Day, a day intended to inspire awareness and promote appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Test your knowledge of Earth Day history from its beginnings to becoming the largest secular event.
Choosing which MOVA Creation to purchase is not always an easy decision. With so many different sizes, colors, and products to choose from , there is a lot to consider. To make your decision a little easier, we created a short guide to help you pick the MOVA Creation that’s right for you (or your gift recipient).
Not Every Globe is Equal
First things first, what are all the MOVA Products? We offer three different product lines: MOVA Globes (what most people are familiar with), MOVA Cubes, and MOVA Minis. MOVA Globes are the more “classic” globes featuring a rotating sphere on a top of a stand. MOVA Globes come in three diameter sizes – 4.5”, 6” and 8.5” – and in the most variety of designs. In contrast, MOVA Cubes features a globe incased inside a transparent cube with no additional stands. The cubes come in just one size and four designs. The MOVA Mini is a miniature globe with its own unique set of artistic designs. Deciding which product line you prefer is a good first step when choosing your new MOVA Creation.
Gift? Check. Card? Check. Message? Uhhh. If you’re in this situation, you’re not alone. Some people have a knack for writing eloquent greeting card wishes, but there are those of us who go blank after “Happy Birthday” or “Congrats”. You could let the card speak for itself, but if you’re looking to add some personals words, our guide will help you create the perfect message to accompany your perfect gift.
Over the years, we’ve seen how people react to MOVA Globes when they see them for the first time. We thought we’d share some of these reactions with you through fun and totally fitting GIFs. There’s no exaggeration involved – we really have witnessed these reactions! It typically goes a little like this:
When people walk by and first catch a glimpse of the globe.
They look underneath the globe and around it, trying to figure out how it all works in their head.
With multiple sizes and designs to choose from, the décor possibilities with MOVA Globes are endless. The motion of the globes are a conversation starter in itself, but there are some tricks to make the MOVA Globe really stand out as a versatile, eye-catching piece in the home. Here are a few of our favorite ideas, room-by-room.
When it comes to your workspace, less is more. We suggest going for a cooler design like our Blue with Relief Map or Satellite View with Cloud Cover MOVA Globe to add more calmness and serenity to your surrounding. Placing the globe under a lamp not only provides a light source but also draws attention to the accent piece.
From the launch of the online store and MOVA Minis to collaborations with Celestron, 2016 was a big year for our company. These successes, however, wouldn’t have been possible without your support and engagement. Now that 2016 is over, we’d like to take a look back at the best moments we shared with you, our MOVA family.
A Bigger Community
This year we got to hear even more from you. Every month, we get tagged in photos and videos shot by MOVA fans, enthusiasts, and newcomers on social media – this year more so than ever. The best part about these shoutouts is getting the opportunity to hear about your experiences. Be it getting a MOVA Globe from a loved one or feeling that you own the world in hands, your stories bring everyone in the MOVA family closer together and create conversation and community. Scroll through to see some great photos, videos, and stories we saw throughout 2016.
The most wonderful time of year is here again! We know, holiday decorating is fun but also requires work. However, we believe it doesn’t have to be a chore and can be done by simply arranging the right items. Here are some tips and tricks to help you enliven your home’s holiday aesthetic.
There are more ways than ever to go green in our homes, but how about the towns and cities that we live in? In this final edition of the Eco-Friendly Trend Report, we will go over urban, home, and technology trends that are working together to make green living a part of everyone’s lives.
One of the biggest challenges we face is making our cities greener. Urbanization and the subsequent lack of space make it difficult to accommodate both rising populations and sustainable measures. To solve this, projects have sprung up in recent years to convert city buildings into “green buildings”, where greenery, soil, and flora planted into the structure. Aside from the visual impact, these structures would provide a number of eco-friendly opportunities.
The plant life on the walls traps matter and harmful gases in the air, mitigating pollution and improving quality. The plants also provide insulation for buildings and help cut down on power and energy use. Skyscrapers, notorious for consuming large amount of energy, are also being transformed into “eco towers” with advanced rainwater collection systems, solar farms, and wind turbines that aim to produce as much energy as the skyscrapers consume. Green is literally on the rise in cities, with San Francisco recently becoming the first U.S. city to require certain new buildings to be built with a green roof. As more and more cities adopt green architecture, it would revolutionize the future of cities as we know it.
While a lot of work still has to be done to innovate green buildings, the rise of community gardens in cities will certainly work alongside these efforts. Community gardens have been around for hundreds of years, but have become a hot trend in big cities. In addition to the experience of getting to grow and eat your own food with your community, these gardens have valuable eco-friendly benefits: they allow water to infiltrate into the ground and thus limit runoff; they save carbon-producing car trips to the market to buy vegetables; and they cool cities by shading surfaces like pavements and rooftops that tend to collect heat.
The holidays are around the corner and many of you are already thinking about potential gifts. Men are notoriously difficult to shop for – they either have everything or are only into one specific kind of thing. Need some ideas? Take our quiz to determine which kind of gifts the man in your life will appreciate before you start your gift hunt.
We all know the Earth’s Moon is amazing, but what about the moons of the other planets? All 181 moons of our solar system tell a story about how they were formed, and they have unique textures, colors, shapes, and sizes. We get many requests to add more moons to our MOVA Space collection, so we’ve selected a few of our favorites to share with you. Which of these moons do you find the most interesting and would like to see rotating on your desk in the future?
Part of a successful eco-friendly lifestyle is the ability to cut down waste and resources to help our planet. As sustainability continues to become an accessible and viable way of life, consumers are looking for products, services, and experiences that are trendy but low on environmental impact. In this edition of the Eco-Friendly Trend Report, we will go over the lifestyle, home, and technology trends in the front of this movement.
In order to go green, one first needs to think green. Consumers, especially Millennials, are increasingly adopting a “buy less, but buy better” mentality, which involves purchasing fewer, but higher quality goods.
Currently, 35% of shoppers are willing to spend more on products that are good for the environment, and that number is expected to grow in the coming years. Consumers are focusing more on the brand behind the product, favoring companies that are mindful of the environment and subsequently buying products that make them feel good in both body and mind. This is assisted by the idea that a clean, minimal space equals a happy space – by choosing to buy fewer products in general but going for products that are long-lasting and sustainably designed, people are keeping more goods out of the waste cycle.
Tiny homes were all the rage in 2015, and they continue to be the craze for 2016, appearing on HGTV shows like “Tiny Home Hunters” and “Tiny Home Nation”. Tiny homes are also part of this growing movement to downsize one’s life and live more minimally.
Costing less than $30,000 on average, these pint-sized micro dwellings typically occupy between 100 and 400 square feet of space and are often built with eco-friendly materials like solar panels and rainwater collecting pipes. The costs of owning and living in a typical 2,000 square-foot home can be expensive and wasteful in the long run, so the tiny home trend is all about eliminating what we don’t need and focusing on a simplified shelter. Ranging from modern styles to rustic trailer cabin, tiny homes are also a perfect fusion of environment and design – you could live green and live with less, but look good while doing it.
A revolutionary product is launched into the market. Do you buy it right away, or wait until more information is available on its features and shortcomings? If you’re in the former camp, you are an early adopter. You see the appeal of new products and invest in their potential to become something bigger. There is a downside to this: you may be buying into a more expensive, flawed product that could prove a failure. However, think of the very first iPhone – you may also very well be at the forefront of a major product movement and evolution. That said, here are three reasons why it’s beneficial to be an early adopter.
Claude Monet’s father disapproved of his painting and instead wanted him to be a grocer. Pablo Picasso was a terrible student who often ended up in detention. Vincent Van Gogh’s earliest career aspiration was to be a pastor. Before becoming famous artists, they were average human beings with big dreams. It was creativity and vision that allowed these artists to become some of the greatest of all time.
Throughout the month of August, MOVA International is celebrating these artists for Art Appreciation month. Our goal is to encourage appreciation and understanding of the art of different eras, movements, styles and techniques. Are you familiar with some of the most famous artists and artworks of all time? Do you think you have what it takes to become an art connoisseur? Test your knowledge by taking our quiz: How well do you know art?