Slow Design grew out of the global slow movement, which rejects the hysterical consumerism of the western world and works for a sustainable economic and societal development. Slow Design is more than product design, aiming toward a holistic vision of design, which takes into account the origin of the material, including ethical aspects and social factors as well as short and long term effects of the design. Another aim is to democratize the design process, making it more inclusive and both a process and a goal.
Slow Design is a holistic approach to creative thinking, process and outcomes. It envisions positive human and environmental impacts of designed products, environments and systems, while constructively critiquing the processes and technologies of which they are born. It celebrates local, closemesh networks of people and industry, it preserves and draws upon our cultural diversity, and it relies on the open sharing of ideas and information to arrive at innovative solutions to contemporary challenges.
Slowness doesn’t refer to how long it takes to design or do something. Rather, it describes an expanded state of awareness, accountability for daily actions, and the potential for a richer spectrum of experience for individuals and communities. (Slow lab/New York)
SlowDesign Commons is a member of Cradle Net in Sweden, a cross-sectional network consisting of a hundred or so designers, producers, chemists, architects, eco-strategists, etc. who work to apply and spread information about circular economy based on the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) concept, in Sweden and around the world. Similar constellations are to be found in Holland and Denmark. Cradle to Cradle and circular economy models for sustainable economy are related to the models, values and goals of the Slow movement.