At Dovetail, we appreciate smart, compassionate design in all its forms. Like the Eatwell tableware set created by designer Sha Yao. Winner of the 2014 Stanford Design Challenge, the Eatwell set was designed for people with physical, motor, or cognitive impairments caused by such conditions as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, or cerebral palsy.
Working for our client Thick-It Dysphagia Nutrition Innovation has made me aware of the problem of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and the many conditions—like head and neck cancer or dementia—that can cause it. So this product really caught my eye because it is designed to help some of the same people that Thick-It helps.
The colorful design, curved handles, sturdy bases, and angled surfaces help stimulate appetite and make it easier for patients to feed themselves. While helping patients stay well hydrated and nourished, Eatwell also gives them a sense of independence and dignity while easing the burden for caregivers.
I love it when we as creative people can use our skills to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. And this dining set is doing just that.
Read more about Eatwell and the inspiration behind this multi-award winning product design in this Mental Floss article.