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My days are a blur of chaos.  Too many new things. 

New son.  New house.  New city.  New job.  New friends.

I don’t mind the pace … usually.  But just the idea of slow makes me realize how fast I’m going. 

Before leaving Ottawa I read the book, In Praise of Slowness.  Actually, I sped read it.  But as attractive as the idea is … I didn’t like the book.  From my perspective, the malady of chaos isn’t addressed by reducing speed.  Slower isn’t the point; it’s really about intentional change.

Two days ago Michael Bierut posted an article in the Design Observer.  In it he reviews the intentional changes made in The New Yorker magazine.  Building forward from the first issue on February 21, 1925 he illustrates how little this “standard for sophisticated urbanity” has changed.

Michael argues that there’s a case to be made for slow design.  That in a time when “designers are used to lecturing timid clients that change requires bravery … after 80 years — not changing begins to seem like the bravest thing of all.”  Quoting slowLab he writes:

“‘Daily life has become a cacophony of experiences that disable our senses, disconnect us from one another and damage the environment, say the designers of the not-for-profit . But deep experience of the world — meaningful and revealing relationships with the people, places and things we interact with — requires many speeds of engagement, and especially the slower ones.’  

… slow design is not just about duration or speed, but about thoughtfulness, deliberation, and — how else to put it? — tender loving care.”

When panic threatens to overwhelm me … when my knees are bouncing a jittery staccato rythum … when my bandwidth spikes repeatedly before 10:00 a.m. — I don’t ache for slowness.  I’m after loving care.

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