its inception, slowLab has pondered the potential of the
term 'Slow design.' There are many possible interpretations,
as made evident by the diversity of ideas and approaches presented
on our site. After much exploration, dialogue and iteration,
slowLab arrived at a framework for Slow design which follows
Reveal: Slow design reveals
spaces and experiences in everyday life that are often missed
or forgotten, including the materials and processes that can
easily be overlooked in an artifact’s existence or
Expand: Slow design considers the real and potential “expressions” of
artifacts and environments beyond their perceived functionality,
physical attributes and lifespans.
Reflect: Slowly-designed artifacts and environments induce contemplation
Engage: Slow design processes are “open
source” and collaborative, relying on sharing, co-operation
and transparency of information so that designs may continue
to evolve into the future.
Participate: Slow design encourages people to become active participants
in the design process, embracing ideas of conviviality and exchange
to foster social accountability and enhance communities.
Evolve: Slow design recognizes that richer experiences can emerge
from the dynamic maturation of artifacts and environments over
time. Looking beyond the needs and circumstances of the present
day, Slow design processes and outcomes become
agents of both preservation and transformation.
In 2008, slowLab's Carolyn Strauss and Alastair Fuad-Luke published a research paper about the Slow Design principles. Download the full .pdf here >
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