My Favorite Napkins

July 25, 2010

When it comes to wiping our mouths and dirty hands, most of us don’t really put too much thought into the napkins we use.  Like most of us, I look for napkins that are clean. The other day, I noticed a couple napkins in my car that I had taken when I visited a local Caribou Coffee shop.  One had a thought-provoking question: What Do You Stay Awake For?  The other napkin offered a writing prompt inviting us to write a really short novel…

I found these napkins amusing, clever and thought-provoking.  For me coffee shops are a place where I can come up with ideas under the influence of the ever-almighty caffeine.  These napkins offer me the opportunity to get some ideas flowing…provided that I look close enough to read the napkins.

It’s interesting to note that there are books devoted to things scribbled and drawn on napkins.  I’m thinking specifically about Dan Roam’s The Back of the Napkin, where the book jacket goes on to say…”Used properly, a simple drawing on a humble napkin is more powerful than Excel or PowerPoint.  It can help us crystallize ideas, think outside the box, and communicate in a way that other people simply get.”

How about you…have you written or drawn anything interesting on a napkin recently?

1 Lori July 25, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Hi Tim,
Oh man, I LOVE Caribou Coffee! I haven’t had their coffee for years, but, dude, it’s awesome. I’m not surprised they came up with such a stimulating napkin concept. Cool!

Also, thanks for the link to Dan Roam’s site. I popped over there and really like it.

I haven’t drawn on a napkin for quite some time. Although, I *did* go to a restaurant not long ago where the “table cloth” was butcher paper and they gave my niece crayons to draw on the paper if she wanted to. Well, you guessed it, auntie Lori begged to borrow one of her crayons and the two of us went to town on that paper. We had a lot of fun drawing and she was quite the table-top artist.

Thanks for this creative and inspiring post, Tim. Excellent!

2 Tim July 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Hi Lori: Isn’t Caribou great!? Between these napkins and the Starbuck’s cups, there have been some interesting promotions at these coffee places to match the good coffee. I really like those restaurants that have paper on the tables instead of tablecloths…it makes for a artistic, creative dining experience and it makes time pass quicker when waiting for food. I bet watching your niece get creative is fun too. In any case, thanks for stopping by and sharing a cuppa joe here and hope the rest of your weekend is great!

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