It's all because of my wife...
she yelled constantly about coffee stains around the house. That's enough to make a designer out of anybody.
I tried a variety of mugs, even those giant double-wall tumblers, but that left stains too!
It was clear, I wanted to design something beautiful, useful and unique. While the solution was not apparent to me right away, inspiration struck one day as I reached for a tasty banana.
The banana hook-holder had an interesting shape that got me wondering. Somehow, the hanger kinda, sorta, looked like a handle. I guess that was the moment. Needless to say, the ensuing prototypes left a lot to be desired.
It wasn't pretty, and it was far from what I envisioned as "the most beautiful mug in the world"
573 strangers pledged their support faithfully, with the promise that I would deliver.
Although it was my first crowdfunding effort, a group of individuals trusted me enough to provide me the funding necessary to bring my concept to life.
Today, I'm excited to tell you about the Floating Mug® Clear.
It's made of glass and now 50% larger than the original. Dare I say, beauti-fuller?
12ounces (350ml) of hot goodness; it's just what you need to get any day going.
Does the coaster work? I say "YES!", but...
you should definitely keep a napkin handy. There are moments when you'll cause spills that result in too much moisture dripping onto the base.
Some people like to say condensation causes the coffee stains on furniture. That's inaccurate, specifically if you're describing hot tea or coffee.
One reason you might see liquid rolling down the side of your cup is because we sometimes "dribble".
This is not a scientific fact, but I believe the repetitive sipping from a single point on the mouth of the mug, accumulates to a point where it ultimately has to roll down the side of your cup, it's not a lot of moisture.
You may inadvertently spill some coffee over the side of the mug by stirring heavily, or by stumbling while you walk to your seat or desk.
In any event, these scenarios will likely see moisture drip down the side of your mug.
So, won't the excess moisture spill into your lap as you drink?
For the typical use case, the amount of moisture that does make it to the bottom of the Floating Mug, usually evaporates away, or simply clings to the bottom of the mug.
Excessive moisture accumulation caused by an actual spill can simply be 'dabbed' dry using a small napkin.
Thousands of Floating Mugs (original porcelain version) have sold on online. An overwhelming majority of positive reviews provide feedback addressing this one concern. The mug and coaster is truly functional.
So! You may not need a new mug today, but this one is designed with love, and so I hope you'll want it.
Risks and challenges
I successfully launched and shipped my first Kickstarter project in 2012. While I'm confident I will be able to deliver the first 4,000 mugs on time. The remainder will be shipped as quickly as possible beyond that initial deadline with the goal of delivering before April 2018. I plan to be diligent and cautious through the various stages of this project.
At the start of this project, the Floating Mug is a prototype. Your pledges will enable me to get me through a few more rounds of sampling before we're ready to start production.
There are risks and challenges that could impact this project negatively. These include an extended sampling process due to quality and/or logistical concerns. Poor tooling or raw materials can also impact timelines.
Quality control will be an integral part of this process, but that too can identify issues that delay production.
Shipping globally is also challenging both for us and off course the backers.
Your reward may be subject to local and/or international fees or charges assessed in you country.
It's possible you would have to pay additional fees and/or charges to get final delivery of your mugs.
Please try to research this concern before you back this project.
There are a variety of shipping methods at our disposal, so it's conceivable that our strategy to ship will change in order to scale up distribution.
This could see your order delayed as well.
I promise to keep you informed with regular updates. While I'll make an effort to answer your queries by email or through comments, I may not be able to respond consistently to every single question that's directed at me. My primary goal is to maximize the use of the funding proceeds to deliver the rewards you expect.
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