A couple of weeks back we posted a cup by Kine Strøm Braaten. Up next was a cup by Mira Strøm Braaten. Today we have the pleasure of continuing that trend by presenting a cup made by the woman who gave birth to my co-founder Simen Strøm Braaten, as well as both of these creatives, the lovely Eva Strøm Braaten.
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Ok, stick with us on this one, because we’re about to go deep. You see, in Zen Buddhism there’s often talk about how your mind should “be like water”. You might have heard Bruce Lee talk about this.
But just think about it, if your mind is like water, and accidents occur, or better yet call it unexpected obstacles. Imagine that accident to be a huge rock in a river. What happens? Simply enough, the water finds its way around it. So if you find yourself with a road block in your way, metaphorically speaking, look for a way to get around it, instead of going through it.
A big shout-out to Mira Strøm Braaten for the amazing cup!
In a couple of days now it’ll be exactly 10 months since we got to Milan. Actually, this time last year we still weren’t sure whether we would go to Italy, or if we would study in Norway. And now, in 17 days, we’re graduating with a Master’s degree in Interaction Design, from Domus Academy, in Milan. Funny how things work out.
But first, we gotta finish our last assignment though, and that’s really why we got this motivation cup from Kine Strøm Braaten. There’s still quite a lot of stuff to be done, so she couldn’t have timed that thing better.
Few things can compare to the soothing sensation of standing at the kitchen counter, hearing the gas from the stove heating up the water, feeling the vibrations from the coffee grinder in your hand as you crush the beans to salty-like grains. Everything seem to fade away as you stand there and measure the coffee and water that goes into your favourite coffee brewer. The wonderful aromas and the scratchy sound of the spoon as you plough through the jar of fresh grains sends you to another world for a few seconds.
The water is off-boil, and it’s time to start pouring. Holding the kettle above the fresh coffee gives you a feeling of control. What you choose to do next will define the taste, the mouthfeel, the result. Gentle movements. Circle movements. Pause. Then another round. The water hits the centre of the coffee, but quickly spread across the whole surface. The aromas hits you like an arrow from Cupid.
We haven’t even had a sip, but the world already feels like a better place. Much better. Every day.
We’ve often told you guys that we don’t differentiate between people’s drawing skills. Good or bad, that cup is getting published. Most of the time. Sometimes people unleash their creativity in.. alternative ways.
This has resulted in more “penis cups” than you’d likely guess. We’ve been hesitant to publish them earlier, but we can’t hide these talents anymore. Sadly only one cup survived the move from Australia, back in 2012, but Ad Al-Shakhly managed to fight his back from our archives.
We don’t wanna toot our own horn or anything, but you know you got something good going when two complete strangers starts talking to you at a café simply because you’re drawing on cups. Those two strangers were Gianfranco and Bianca, and you know what? A couple of minutes later, there they were, pen and cup in hand, and ready to go! You gotta love it.
This cup comes from the lovely Catherine Dhammamitta Viriya, which makes it Indo-week on My Cup of Type! And it’s by far the most artsy-fartsy, fancy pantsy, photo we’ve ever published here.
Needless to say we’re a couple of suckers when it comes to apps. Our newest discovery is an app called Glowee, which allows you to do some seriously cool light painting.
But we digress. Speaking about Obstacles, when it comes to pretty much anything in life the most common obstacle is usually yourself. Take a look at motivation for example, or better yet a lack of motivation.
When you feel like it’s getting really hard to keep on working don’t look for external solutions. You can spend days, or even months, reading articles on how to become more motivated. A famous poet once said “You gotta check yourself before you wreck yourself.” Now Mr. Cube probably didn’t mean it like this, but what really helps is to take a second and reflect on why you’re feeling the way you’re feeling.
Food for thought: Since August 10th, 2012, we have posted 305 paper cups with letters on them. Some random doodles here and there, I’ll admit, but mostly paper cups with letters. Let me repeat that for you. Paper cups. With letters. That’s it. How’s that for a niche market?
Big ups to Ranny Monita for contributing to our alphabet series!
Dictionarywise, holding yourself “accountable” means being required or expected to justify certain actions or decisions. It’s as easy that.
We know that we’re posting a cup every Monday and Thursday. Once we’ve made that perfectly clear in our heads it’s just a matter of obeying. There’s no question of “Do you feel like drawing on a cup today?”. None of that! You just do it. Accountability. Get on it.
According to our good friend Google, Marilyn Monroe once said "Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
Keep that in mind the next time you’re facing adversity, but don’t necessarily wait for the pieces to fall together automatically. Good things will happen faster if you use your Tetris skills to get a head start.
Every once in a while we gotta make an exception for the drawings that we get. Like this one from our good friend (, and amazing artist), Pernille Horgen. Not everybody gets their buttons pushed by letters on a cup. Let it be known that it’s not exactly a turn-on, we’re not that weird (but we’re getting there) it’s more of a relieve of stoke juice (patent pending).
Stoke juice, by the way, is enthusiasm-infused liquid running through your veins. It’s similar to what you get when you receive 15 new likes on that photo you shared in a matter of seconds, but it’s not as passive. It inspires you to do more of the work at hand, and usually all at the same time. That’s how we redesigned the blog for example. Just a massive amount of stoke juice rushing down on you like a big-ass wave.
"M for mine. mmmm for coffee. M for me. Mary-Anne"
Aw yeah, halfway through our alphabet series!
This cup comes from the lovely Mary-Anne of the Interwebz. We don’t know a lot about Mary-Anne. We know that her Tumblr is called http://mstuart62.tumblr.com/ , but unfortunately there’s not much to see there. I believe it’s safe to assume that her full name might just be Mary-Anne Stuart, but what about the number 62? Does this imply a certain age? Is she trying to tell us that she prefers her coffee a bit on the weak side, using 62 beans, instead of the standard amount of 70 beans per cup?
If there’s one thing we truly love it’s seeing other people being enthusiastic about My Cup of Type.
When someone simply hands over a cup (without us shamelessly asking that person to draw on it first), that really hits home. Right heeere, you know, deep inside. It makes Hal run home, grab a pillow, and cry tears of pure happiness, while he’s listening to Total Eclipse of the Heart, by Bonnie Tyler. Simen is too busy being bad ass with his Microns. He doesn’t have time for that shit.
Laura Fele have passed by our blog before with her wonderful hand-drawn patterns that might seem random at first glance, but there might be a deeper reason behind it. Word on the street is that there’s a group of fictitious scientists in Bergen, specializing on conspiracy theories, that have revealed some quite interesting facts about Sardinian treasures.
Oh, and she also brought us Sardinian fig jam with a matching pattern, how awesome is that?!