If you're one of the 200 million Americans who drink coffee every
day, you may have marveled at the ubiquitous plastic coffee cup
lid, with its clever combination of indentations, protrusions,
tabs, and score lines that can be pinched, pulled, pushed,
punctured, and tucked to create an opening to sip from while also
keeping a piping-hot liquid in its place. Louise Harpman and Scott
Specht have collected these familiar triumphs of industrial design,
in their many variations, for decades, creating what Smithsonian
magazine calls the world's largest collection of coffee cup lids.
In addition to oddly compelling close-up photographs, Harpman and
Specht include lively field-guides to their classification system
and patent drawings for many of the most unique designs. This
beautifully designed book will appeal to designers, coffee
drinkers, and anyone who delights in the small bits of humble
genius that surround us every day. You'll never look at your to-go
coffee cup the same way again.