Teams stickers!? No, Teams mugs FTW!

A few years ago, my wife (fellow MVP Megan Strant) received one of those mugs that says: “I survived another meeting that should have been an email”.

At the time Microsoft Teams had been around for a couple of years, so I thought it was time to replace it with something more modern, which led me to create this mug:

While I only ever printed three of these mugs, a recent trip to the Microsoft swag/visitor store at their Redmond HQ inspired me with some of the clever t-shirts available, which led me to create another design:

Only two of this particular mug exist; one in my house and one I had printed for Laurie Pottmeyer – the legend behind the Microsoft Teams community.

Over the past 18 months with the change to working from home due to COVID-19, I’m sure we can all attest to being inundated with meeting after meeting. Many of these meetings would be organised by people new to working from home, who are simply replacing an in-person meeting with a digital one.

Well, unfortunately a lot of times the same outcome of these meetings could potentially be achieved by a chat, group chat, or threaded conversation in a Team channel.

This inspired me to revisit the mug design as well as an opportunity to refresh the logos, however this time I decided to combine them:

Here you see the evolution of the mugs:

I decided to share a picture of the mugs, and a number of people asked how they could get one, which is why I’m writing this post. 🙂

How can you get one of these mugs I hear you ask?

Simple, head over to an online merchandise printer like Vistaprint and find a mug design that suits.

Then, apply the files from this zip file to the front and back, and space them out equally in the designer:

Depending on who you go with there may be a minimum quantity. Previous Vistaprint would allow a single item however now this particular mug type has a minimum of 5.

Is this mug a masterpiece of swag design? No. I don’t attest to being a visual person. But it is a bit of cheeky yet professional fun.


Also published on Medium.

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