Tilt Versatile Crockery came about as a final year project which Ann completed as part of her degree in Industrial Design.
Ann hopes to create a universal crockery set which addresses the needs of people with arthritis but which is also used by the general population.
Anne has an active interest in elderly community, and noticed that standard crockery did not take their specific needs into consideration. When Anne looked at “specially” designed crockery for people with arthritis, users didn’t like it and found it degrading or embarrassing to use due to its unattractive design. Specially designed crockery also causes segregation. When sitting down to a meal with other people, arthritis sufferers are forced to use their ‘medical’ looking crockery while everyone else uses a standard set.
I strongly believe in the concept of ‘Universal/Inclusive Design’ and that if we put more emphasis on the design of everyday products people’s lives can be enhanced and money can be saved. Arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability in Ireland but if it is taken into consideration in the design process it can make life a lot easier and more enjoyable.