Slow Design

23Dec09

What is Slow Design?  This is the wikipedia definition:

Slow design is a relatively new concept of design thinking, a derivative of the slow food movement. Slow Design’s implications are vast and yet to be fully explored.

It could mean any of the following:

  1. Longer design processes with more time for research, contemplation, real life impact tests and fine tuning.
  2. Design for manufacturing with local/regional materials and technologies or Design that supports local industries, workshops and craftspeople.
  3. Design that takes into account local/regional culture both as a source of inspiration and as an important consideration for the design outcome.
  4. Design that studies the concept of natural timecycles and incorporates them into design and manufacturing processes.
  5. Design that looks at longer cycles of human behavior and sustainability.
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