A teapot is many things.

Interruption – at first it was a struggle. I was trying to stick to my usual ways of design thinking where I was comfortable, where I had an end product in mind. This time I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone and think outside the box, embracing the journey and the possibilities along the way.
In order to see the teapot in a new light, I realised that I must move past the conventional boundaries of the artifact and allow it to evolve. Everyone has their own interpretation of the teapot, their own ideas of what it should look like and how it should be used.

There are over 50 different ways in which to say…
teapot, teepot, ibrik çaji, ياشلا قيربٕا, թեյաման, çaynik, чайнік, чайник, 茶壶, 茶壺, čajnik, čajník, tepotte, theepot, teekann, tsarera, teekannu, théière, teekanne, τσαγιέρα, teyèr, םוקמוק, चायदानी, teáskanna, teketill, teko, taephota, teiera, ティーポッ ト, 찻주전자, teapot, tējkanna, arbatinukas, Чајникот, tekanne, ,czajniczek, ceainic, чайник, чајник, tetera, buli ,یاچ یروق tekanna, กานา้ ชําา, demlik, ấm trà, tebot, קינַיישט.

Different cultures have their own ideas around the teapot – for some the drinking of tea is a ritual which has been handed down through generations, for others it’s a social event that brings people together to talk or to give comfort. For me, I only drink tea because I hate coffee!

Without having a definite final product in mind, I was left without boundaries and I just let it happen.
These images show part of my journey through the struggle and joy in the exploration of new and different ways of design thinking and the generation of ideas.


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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