Stupid design won’t improve your coffee


Slip our HandiSleeve by Umbra® around your to-go cup of coffee and you’ve got a convenient, comfortable handle! It’s cleverly designed so that it fits around disposable cups and in most automobile cupholders. It’s a great gift for commuters and coffee aficionados alike.

You’ve also got a really dumb, unnecessary product. It’s a mug without a bottom! If you’re going to carry that thing with you, you might as well just bring a mug. I’ve seen this highlighted on a few design blogs and I’ve got to say that this kind of irresponsible design shouldn’t be praised. Love your coffee all you want, but seriously? There’s nothing clever about this.

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posted by on 01.26.2010, under Design, Products


I like the concept behind the mug, but yeah it’s a mug without a bottom At that point you’re right, skip the paper mug that goes in it and just carry around your own travel mug.

Mike Crimmins ( 01/26/2010 at 9:50 pm )

Yeah, except a travel mug has to be washed out at some point — this you can just toss back into your bag when you’re done. I agree that it’s pretty dopey, but it’s not exactly interchangeable.

lisa ( 01/27/2010 at 9:17 am )

    But there’s a good chance where ever a person is, they can access a bathroom or just pour out any excess on the ground. When dealing with a problem as large as our excessive waste, I don’t believe “but a mug has to be washed out” is a strong enough excuse (though it’s a good enough rationalization for most people). Designers should be solving problems, this product perpetuates one.

    bwj ( 01/27/2010 at 9:33 am )

Just add the bottom to it and you’ve got a nice portable mug. I agree with Mike, the concept is interesting. Maybe rework the concept and create something that solves a problem.

dailydemitasse ( 01/27/2010 at 10:24 am )

Make it foldable and biodegradable and white and then maybe we’ll talk.

Oh yeah, and add a bottom.

DAP ( 01/27/2010 at 11:38 am )

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