Teapot

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This is an simple teapot. Well, what exactly teapot can do besides this design? There is not so much change in design as you can imagine. According to the wikipedia, earliest design of teapot that we can find in human history is made in 1513. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot) And do you know what early models look like in China? They exactly look the same. There are only minor changes in design, but the principle that it can contain, and pour tea has not changed. There are not many differences in functions it can do in today’s design too. Unlike electronic kettle, this doesn’t even electricity, and it doesn’t require anything at all beside this.

I chose this teapot as the well-made design that also fulfills Enargeia but not Eudamonia. As we can see in Norman’s reading – “Carelman’s Coffeepot for Maso-chists” the the first figure that appears with this explanation: “Well-designed objects are easy to interpret and under-stand. They contain visible clues to their operation.” (Pg. 3) Does this teapot look like hard to use? There are no wires at all. You don’t have to sign up to start using it, and you don’t even need Wi-Fi to make it work. It will come in handy when you even lose the electricity. You just need to pour a good tea with hot water on the top, and pour it back to the cup gently from the side.

Then what does it do to fulfill “Enargeia”? Look at the design of the teapot. The top of the teapot is actually the face of a cat. There are also cats in the body part of the pot. It applies “Gives pleasure to the viewer” by just looking at it. In fact, it was this reason that made my wife to buy this teapot because she loves cats and this product does give pleasure to her by even just looking at it. When she first used this product, she said by just looking at this product, she could imagine drinking teas in a comfort zone with cute cats. Maybe it was because I didn’t allow any pets in the house might triggered that imagination more, but she still likes to use this teapot for that reason.

What about “Eudamonia”? I might see people enjoy looking at this or using this, and it is a everyday product that you simply use. Chinese teapots that was built in specific dynasty contains lots of its deep values and cultures by just looking at the design of the teapot. Each dynasty with difference in focus makes you wonder what it would look like to live in that city in that time. China itself is so large enough, and there is no doubt that they also come with special traditions and cultural aspects. On the other hand, this teapot doesn’t seem to contain history, or how people would be happy in spirit by just looking at this. Some can still argue that the design is cute and just makes others happy by looking at this, but I can’t connect this object to Eudamonia in my mind.

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3 thoughts on “Teapot

  1. I would definitely say this teapot embodies the word cute haha. I have a friend who loves to drink coffee and your remarks on the teapots consistency over time made me think of his exhaustive collection of different tools, carafes and gadgets to make “the best cup of coffee” which is a completely subjective thing in itself.

    With the teapot being so simple and consistent over time one could argue that the test of time is how designs could be designated as “best” even while the design of something is the standard by which we decide whether or not we will even use the product. The process of making tea I’m sure could be relatively more involved but I like the way you presented the teapot with its mention of its draw to cat lovers.

  2. I really enjoy that you gave some background to the teapot – knowing the context of this everyday object really adds to the great point you make about it. The design of this product is not complicated and has not changed much since its origin. Like you said, there are no extra steps needed to be able to use the product – all you need is right within the teapot and the usage is intuitive. Norman calls it an affordance, and the action that the teapot affords (brewing, holding, and pouring tea) is successful because we are not confused about how to use it.

    It is especially interesting that teapots are an object whose basic design hasn’t needed to change much over time, along with other objects like utensils, wheels, etc. It makes me think of the many other modern inventions that we have now that continually need to be updated and adapted to best fit our human experience and needs. We either overcomplicate or oversimplify (i.e. the TV remote we talked about in class), and sometimes it’s frustrating to see the poor evolution of products and their failures, meanwhile the good old reliable teapot has remained consistent and successful. Nice example!

  3. I enjoy your reading about the teapot behind the background regarding the design perspective with the objects. It has rhetoric follows a modern design that is part of the arts deal with the functional, contextual, and convivial views of language and symbol systems as well.

    As you mentioned that made your wife to buy teapot because she loves cats, it gives pleasure to her when she is just looking at it. For this reason, the design of the teapot has applicability of the three operational functions of rhetoric including to instruct, to move, to please and to the nature of design. It emphasizes the design of the cat looks reasonable classy and elegant way to serve guests in your home. It has a vibrant aesthetic appeal that is captivating and mesmerizing. That is why it has a stylish structural design that makes it pleasing to look. Thus, the model of teapot focus to boil down that has three things: an opening at the top, a handle, and a spout.

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