The concept of slow design is tightly connected with the philosophical current of Slow Life and can be considered as its branch. This current teaches us how to slow down and live with pleasure, paying attention to the quality of things, but not their amount in every sphere of life. It helps to understand how to live well, but not fast. The Slow Life movement had appeared as a reaction to the insane speed of modern life and striving to achieve as much as you can while losing important moments of enjoying really good things…
Here are a few principles of Slow Life, which must help us to understand Slow Design better
- Learn how to relax. Do not solve any working questions in your free time – dedicate it to yourself and your beloved people.
- Prioritize things. Do not try to embrace everything – concentrate on one thing, but do it perfectly.
- Enjoy the simple things. Create your own little pleasant rituals and traditions, learn how to get pleasure from the beauty of simple things around you.
- Get rid of all unnecessary things. Disorder in the house doesn’t let you reach harmony in your mind, and as a result- in your life. Stop doing the things that make you feel unhappy.
Taking all this to the attention, we can say that slow design, first of all, thinks about the durability of the things. It denies everything disposable and easily changeable – the materials must be of the highest quality, which allows them to last for the longest term. It also matters, if producing and utilizing of them harms the environment. This factor also gives rise to another feature of the slow design – effectiveness. Simple and rational decisions, the ones, that do not require plenty of resources, are highly appreciated. The slow design must be adapted to certain situations and places and have to create a comfortable environment as it is possible.
It is predicted, that practical use of slow design will increase the importance of such aspects as:
- Production of local and regional materials.
- More thorough and thoughtful designing, oriented to practice using.
- Appeal to local culture and traditions, which become a new source of inspiration.
- Creating an environment that follows up the main principles of positive psychology and wellbeing.