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Slow Design, a paradigm shift in design philosophy

ABSTRACT This paper discusses the economic models which drive design, the role of the designers, the existing design paradigm and its legacy. New paradigms are sought in education and design practice. Design professionals were challenged over thirty years ago with a new paradigm called 'Design for Need'. Yet little has changed and, despite the development of a new models to consider the full gamut of human needs, many designers still favour solutions which celebrate their, often, egocentric visions rather sustainable solutions. Design hovers in an ideological vacuum and designers wear the mantle of stylists to the powerful. So it is opportune to examine a new design paradigm, 'slow design'. Slow design celebrates the culture of largo; slow design is beautiful; slow design is about well-being; slow design is sustainable; slow design is durable; slow design is pluralistic. Slow design offers fresh, innovative and creative opportunities for designers.

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