Slow Design differs from conventional design in several ways. The most notable difference is that it shifts the focus away from design for function or novelty to design for the well being of people and the planet. The primary questions with this slower approach to design include: “What are the qualities of life this design will enhance?”, “How will it impact the well–being of people and the environment?”, and “Is it necessary?” The answer to these questions helps to direct the design to something that is truly beneficial while seeking to eliminate wasteful and harmful solutions.
Design solutions must be tailored specifically to the situation so that they effectively address the issues and are not wasteful of resources. This differs from conventional design’s one–size–fits–all solutions that often result in fitting–no–one–well solutions that create a lot of waste.
Slow Design is a democratic and holistic design approach for creating appropriately tailored solutions for the long-term well–being of people and the planet. To this end, Slow Design seeks out positive synergies between the elements in a system, celebrates diversity and regionalism, and cultivates meaningful relationships that add richness to life.