Tea, Toy, Temple
Reimagining function through abstraction
One of my favorite exercises is to detach the designer's mind from prescribed concepts about what a product should look or work like. In other words, how to think of a child. Students start by creating rough sketches in loose form without any set goal other than arriving at surprising results that we can reinterpret into a playful product, spiritual space, or vessel. Students refine their concepts through multiple sketches, and the outcome remains conceptual as a representation of what a product could be, not necessarily as a final product.