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Coffee as Inspiration | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Coffee as Inspiration


Starbucks series of “the way i see it ”

Coffee inspires me – its true. It’s why I get up in the morning and pretty much powers the blog in the early hours of the day. On a different note Starbucks used to print “the way i see it quotes”. I don’t think they do this anymore as I don’t recall trying to read the back of my paper cup the last time I had coffee from Starbucks. And if they actually did kill that thing (someone please confirm this as I’m not going to be in a Starbucks today – City Bakery yes, SBUX no), all I can do is be amazed at how stupid decisions are made. Either way I came across a nice collection of real photos of people taking pictures of their cups from the series. I know this b/c I’ve done this myself as the big image illustrates. The second image is from a grid that someone started collecting as favourites in their flickr account with mine included.

I’m going to link to each of those images b/c I think it’s a good idea: cup 01, cup 02, cup 03, cup 04, cup 05, cup 06, cup 07, cup 08, cup 09, cup 10, cup 11, cup 12, cup 13, cup 14, cup 15, cup 16, cup 17, and cup 18.

The reason why all those of images are great is not b/c of the photos quality but b/c each of those people felt the need to do it. Everyone had different reasons for taking their pic and tagging the photo so someone could find it, yet as a complete set becomes something even better to go through and go hmm, maybe there’s something to those words. They’re not going to save the world but maybe today I’ll try to have some patience as I walk behind someone slow on my way to work…

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  • http://looceefir.wordpress.com Kevin

    This is exactly why I love flickr, the interconnections and ideas and possibilities that it offers…we can do so much with it — if people remember to tag their photos!

  • http://sergiosantos.info Sérgio Santos

    Those are some great quotes and they look perfect on the coffee cups. And what you said about the reasons for each person to upload the photo, remembers me what I felt for example from the We Feel Fine app. Lots of random thoughts passing by and leaving us wondering what could be the context.

  • http://coffeeofthemonthclub.net/ Coffee Clubs

    Very impressive! Putting some quotes on coffee cups is a perfect strategy. The customer can collect them.