The Nonic Pint Glass

Nonic Pint Glass

At a time when the UK Government is commissioning a new plastic pint glass design, it’s worth highlighting the brilliant simplicity of the standard pint glass.

The nonic (“no nick”) pint glass was designed in the 1960s, with a multi-purpose bulge just below the rim. The bulge:

  • Adds strength to the glass.
  • Allows the glass to be stacked without sticking together, and potentially shattering when pulled apart.
  • Prevents the glass from slipping from the hand when condensation forms on visit site the outside.

Importantly, the bulge added these benefits without detracting from the taste: something that the new design is unlikely to do.

Dan Zambonini

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Dan Zambonini is a partner at Content Strategist agency Contentini, and is obsessed with design, technology, and their influence on our culture. He wrote A Practical Guide to Web App Success, the leading web application book. You can usually find him twittering on about something on Twitter at @zambonini. Apart from his website, you can also find his other projects at Penolo: Twitter Sketch & Share, Amorphous Blog, Zombie Virus Fund, Lame But Cool, Japanese Gore Movies, The Content Strategist Blog, A Tramp Abroad, Fan Ranked: Most Popular Products, Stereotype and many more.