Innovation for Independence

The Mug; The Leaven Range

Three mugs with indentations which help sensing temperature, when filling the mug
Publish date:
16/01/2015 - 11:57am
Last updated:
19/01/2015 - 5:15pm
Author:
simon.kinneir

This is a range of kitchen products designed with the ethos of giving subtle sensory feedback in a task, over a reliance on sight. Whether through temperature, sound or movement, these products support the user without stigmatising. The Mug: Currently a person with sight loss may use a beeping, vibrating ‘liquid level indicator’ to feel confident filling a mug with hot water, alternatively their finger, the lead idea here is a ceramic mug which allows people whom it suits to subtly sense a temperature change at the right height to do this task with more dignity. This range learns from and gives credit to the creativity and capability of people with, and adapting to, sight loss.

Insight & Impact

I have studied sight loss and design at BA and MA level, looking at design and legislation in communication design and the adaptive creativity of people adapting to sight loss in daily life. The Mug and this range was developed through a research process with members at Croydon Visual, literature, broadcasts, making prototypes and practicing simulation myself. This range addresses the will of people across socio-economic groups that whilst adapting to sight loss they can continue to present themselves as they wish.

Skills needed for this project

  • Design for Manufacture
  • Support for mainstream distribution