Useful Corporate Gifts
Business gifts can be good, bad, or plain old ugly. The challenge for companies is to come up with something that will make people remember their company and keep them coming back for more, right? An ugly calendar or a cheap bag with a logo on the side of it doesn't excite me and it actually kind of irritates me. I then have to find someone to give it to (I hate throwing perfectly useful things out) so now this gift has actually turned out to be more of a nuisance than anything else.
I came across a design for some coffee spoons that Dutch designer Ineke Hans designed for TNT which is the Dutch post company. If you know Dutch coffee culture you will understand that the coffee spoon is a big part of everyday life. Everyone has some kind of collection of these miniature spoons that they use to serve their coffee, which is mostly served out of a cup and saucer. The spoons that Ineke designed are silver plated with archetypical icons of the post office in shiny copper (copper works since the TNT identity is orange). What a perfect business gift! Sadly this design was never produced.