A RESPONSE TO FIRST BUILD’S “SMART SIP” DESIGN CHALLENGE
Utilizing First Build’s heating and cooling technology, design branding, user experience, and overall execution of a temperature controlled mug.
A visually impactful, simple-to-use electronic mug with a strong brand language.
This project was the first place winner of First Build’s “Smart Sip” challenge, a challenge held online open to the design community.
Inspiration from nature
Like its namesake desert, Sonora regulates temperature on a gradient ranging from intense heat to chilling cold. Taking inspiration from nature, I looked to the patterned ridges of cacti.
The cactus-like ribs also offer excellent insulation, a consideration suggested by the engineering team.
To craft a strong aesthetic, I looked to modern products that also feature ribbed patterns, stone- like textures, or organic influences.
The idea of a temperature-controlled mug is not new. However, current electronic warming mugs are quite complex, with companion apps and touch interfaces,
To avoid an overzealous implementation of technology, I highlighted a simple rotational movement to control the temperature. An illuminated ring of LED lights responds to the dial’s movement, indicating the level of temperature with an advancing ring of light.