These upside-down tea and coffee mugs were inspired by my own dyslexia. Apart from being eye-catching, the unusual shape means they're more stable than normal cups and maintain the temperature of hot drinks for longer.
Improving objects by adding 'dyslexic' properties
This product is part of a range of ‘dyslexic objects’ I designed in response to my own dyslexic condition. The aim was to improve the objects through the addition of dyslexia, encouraging the user to re-engage with ordinary objects and subject people to products with a higher emotional function. These three mugs illustrate inversion, a symptom of dyslexia.
More stable, better balanced, hotter for longer
As a result, the mugs are more stable and less likely to be knocked over. They're better balanced in the hand, because the handle position is upside down and lower down than normal, which gives a more comfortable pour when drinking due to the location of the centre of gravity. The inverted shape also keeps tea and coffee hotter for longer.
This was my graduation project and won the New Designers 2013 award. All profits will go towards paying my Royal College of Art tuition fees.