“Everyone goes through the distress of losing someone at some stage in their life. Being a friend of someone who is grieving is also hard. What do you say? What do you do?

When a close friend lost her father I wanted to make her feel better, to say something to help, to show her that I cared…. “I wish there was something I could give her”. It was clear that just knowing I was there, thinking about her, seemed to make her happier.

The “hold dear” is a gift that provides comfort and warmth, created to be worn as a constant and positive reminder to those grieving that you are thinking of them, even if you’re not with them in person.”


About Todd Dawson

Todd Dawson graduated from the Industrial Design program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2012. With a focus on innovative and sustainable product design, Todd seeks to create objects that encourage playful engagements and deliver richer user experiences. In 2012 Todd interned with leading Australian product design studio Catalyst Design Group, coordinating the design and delivery of KNOG’s presentation at the 2012 Frostbike tradeshow in Minneapolis USA. This followed Todd’s design of a four person human-powered vehicle called ‘Comm-ute’ which was selected for the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab’s “2032″ exhibition in 2010. Other projects by Todd include designing: ‘Gridlock’, a unique cable lock for bicycles; ‘Ecomoto’, an air-powered motorcycle and ‘Modern Glow’, an interactive mood light. Currently working on projects that explore intuitive product design solutions for domestic and commercial spaces, Todd is an emerging designer who aims to deliver smarter and leaner ways of living in the twenty first century.
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