Johnathon Strube

Moving Intentionally and Slowly

May 16, 2024

Lately, I have been focused on slowing down. This may be, in part, driven by growth and age. Or, it might also be in response to, as the label denotes, pace. Specifically, a social and cultural pace that, in my opinion, is killing creativity and demanding unreasonable output. With the impending reach of AI tools to promote immediacy and consumption. As a creative professional, providing clarity, quality, and delight. As, Frank Chimero notes in The Shape of Design:

The decisions that make a design delightful are an expression of compassion for the audience and care for the work being done.

Slow Design
This concept has been codified in a manifesto-like document from Orbyt Studio. In the introduction, Orbyt lays out the context for this perspective.

In our fast-paced world today, we often forget the importance of patience and taking time to think things through. We want to remind people of the value of creativity and clever thinking, supporting a movement that embraces focus, skill, and understanding over fast production and short-lived trends.

The manifesto is broken down into eight areas of emphasis. Each explains a specific value that define slow design principles. There

  • The importance of creativity
  • Quality over quantity
  • Craftsmanship and skill
  • Mindful consumption and creation
  • Value in tradition
  • Respect for time
  • Aesthetic and function
  • Inclusive collaboration

Each of these areas have unique issues that go beyond their statement. Yet, they are a starting point for …

© Johnathon Strube, 1982–2024 Email
© Johnathon Strube, 1982–2024 Email