Nick Fitzpatrick

Product Design BSc (Hons)

I believe design is a powerful tool that can positively impact people's lives. This project explored how inclusively designed products could benefit people.

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Inclusivitea is a project that focuses on how a kettle can provide comfort and facilitate conversation. After seeing how existing kettles were difficult to operate for my grandma, I created a trio of inclusively designed products that question how existing kettles function and reimagine the experience of crafting a hot drink. The resulting products provide a better experience to everyone, with a particular focus on making the products intuitive and comfortable to use for elderly people, visually impaired people, and people with reduced dexterity.

The heart of the trio consists of an innovative kettle and stand that have been designed to improve the functionality of kettles without causing any stigma, making the user experience more accessible and enjoyable. The final product in the trio, called the dock, acts as a central object to gather around; encouraging people to converse and collaborate whilst enjoying hot drinks. To complete the full experience, I also created some inclusively designed mugs that reinforce the project values of innovation and inclusivity.

Inclusivitea products

The range of products created for the project, inclusing the kettle on the stand, the dock filled with ingredients, and a mug.

The range of products created for the project, including the kettle on the stand, the dock filled with ingredients, and a mug.

Kettle on stand

The kettle easily slides into the stand, where an induction coil boils the water. Little details make the stand more pleasant to use, such as rounded corners to make it comfortable to feel around or an indentation to easily slide a mug into place.

The kettle easily slides into the stand, where an induction coil boils the water. Little details make the stand more pleasant to use, such as rounded corners to make it comfortable to feel around or an indentation to easily slide a mug into place.

Kettle pouring water

To save users having to lift and tilt a heavy kettle to pour it, a simple button push is all it takes to dispense the water into a mug, pot, hot water bottle, or whatever else you want to fill.

To save users having to lift and tilt a heavy kettle to pour it, a simple button push is all it takes to dispense the water into a mug, pot, hot water bottle, or whatever else you want to fill.

The kettle

The kettle features two handles, making it easy to carry around for people of all strength and dexterity levels. It also features a transluscent cutout to quickly see how full it is.

The kettle features two handles, making it easy to carry around for people of all strength and dexterity levels. It also features a translucent cutout to quickly see how full it is.

Kettle on dock

Once the kettle has boiled, it can be placed on the dock to enjoy drinks in a more social setting. The dock features the stand in the middle to hold the kettle and a spinning ring to hold ingredients like tea, sugar, and milk.

Once the kettle has boiled, it can be placed on the dock to enjoy drinks in a more social setting. The dock features the stand in the middle to hold the kettle and a spinning ring to hold ingredients like tea, sugar, and milk.

Mug by dock

sugar being added to mug of tea with kettle and dock prototype in background

The dock acts as a magnet to draw people to a central spot, encouraging people to have a casual chat or experiment with drinks together. It was great to see how different people interpreted this object, with some people making their own drinks, some people taking the role of host to make drinks for everyone, and some people forming a production line.

Have a sip

hands wrapped around mug prototype with dock prototype in background

I created some inclusively designed mugs to fix the issues some mugs pose to people who struggle to grip the handle. Instead of requiring a tight grip on a handle to keep the mug upright, this design has a lip that sits on top of the user's hands, allowing them to comfortably support it without any force at all.

Sharing is caring

people gathered around dock with one person gripping the kettle about to pour water into the mug

The social aspect of the project was a really interesting part to lean into, and it was really satisfying to see people interact with the dock. Here, the mug in the middle is about to be filled with hot water, ready for the next person to add their tea and sugar.

This gallery shows some detailed photos of the different objects, as well as exploded views of the trio, renders of different material and colour options, and the final branding for the project.

Project video

Video showcasing how the set of products could be used.

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