Wednesday, October 27, 2010
A former co-worker once said: "I can find design in anything I do from how to stack clean plates to building a wall"
I think we have become very accustomed to always finding solutions at a store. If something breaks in our home, we usually think we have to go buy something to fix it. I propose that we dust off our ingenuity and create solutions that aren't pre-packed. If everyone approaches problems as a opportunity for a "design," then I wonder how our solutions can change.
Monday, October 25, 2010
"The basic understanding of your materials is crucial in developing the character and individual style of your craft and the satisfaction that comes with that. . And so I have come to define style as the embodiment of this relationship."
Image courtesy of http://spiritcloth.typepad.com/spirit_cloth/
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Electromagnate is a group of "hackerspace members" who have set out to share the story of the DIY and maker movement. I just learned of this new documentary project called ReMade focusing on current DIY communities, how these hackers are sharing and educating, and how innovation has changed over history. "The collective work and ideas of the creative people in the
DIY movement are opening a new world of inventiveness and creativity…of making that could very well change the way production occurs on a worldwide scale."
"You start seeing kids learn how to make things and be empowered and instead of thinking 'where am I going to buy that' they think 'uh, i wonder if I can make that'"
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The "slow" mentality has already begun to take place through the local grassroots foods movement aimed at making better connections between food, environment and community. According to Wikipedia, a sampling of the movement's objectives include: preserving and promoting local and traditional food products, organizing small-scale processing, educating consumers, encouraging ethical buying. This blog seeks to apply these concepts to the product industry.
The title "slow goods" combines the connection to the slow movement with the economic term for products. The use of the word "good" also a wide range of tangible offerings and reflects a more historical and traditional value that the word "product" doesn't. Slow goods aren't aren't mass produced and aren't made with built-in obsolescence. There are stories and people attached to them.
The blog will explore local small scale productions, the value of the DIY movements, and how communities are being organized around common hobbies. It will seek ways that reconnect people with products and add meaning to the way we interact with the objects that surround us to help improve the relationship between consumerism and sustainability.
Photos Credit: Jennifer Hattam http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/10/trash-improperly-disposed-in-istanbul.php