Justin Vanderwaal '16
My senior show is about trying to create a more customer friendly environment in coffee shops. When going downtown Chicago it is not uncommon to feel rushed in and out. This allows people to get what they want but it looses community in the shop. When you do get to sit down for a while, everyone is involved in his or her phones or laptops with zero conversation going on between the customers. In my senior show I created a coffee shop that is focused on trying to get people to start conversations in coffee shops again. My goal in my coffee shop, “The Communal Cup” is to offer an alternative environment where people are not afraid to start conversations in this coffee environment and stay for a while. This is achieved through the friendly rustic design touch to the Communal Cup. It also is achieved through the use of conversation starters. This program offers free coffee to users who start conversations in this coffee shop.