The Slow approach and its contribution to Design: a product evaluation




Slow Design, Slow movement, Design methodology, Sustainability Electric oven


The model of ideal dominant in the western countries, which privileges rapid consumption and the constant search for efficiency, seems to be collapsing. The products do not seem to bring more comfort and the acceleration observed at work is transferred to everyday life. The Slow movement opposes this model, arguing that the fastest cannot always be considered the best and that consumption for consumption’s sake is meaningless. This paper presents a proposal for a slow approach to the perception of user needs and the definition of characteristics of products and services based on the consideration of six principles of Slow Design: reveal, expand, reflect, commit, participate and evolve. A literature review on the subject is carried out and an example of application of the Slow Design principles to a consumer product, an electric oven, is presented.


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Author Biographies

Johelma Pires de Avelar

Product designer and PhD student in Design at the School of Design of the Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais. He worked as a professor at ED / UEMG (undergraduate) and in the development of projects and activities aimed at the areas of Service Design, Design Methodologies and Social Design. She worked as a product designer for Quantun Design, on product projects in the field of electromedical equipment. She is currently a collaborating professor in a discipline on Slow Design for postgraduate courses in Design (UEMG) and in Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property (UFMG).

Eduardo Romeiro Filho

Desenhista industrial pela Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (1987), Mestre (1993) e Doutor (1997) em Engenharia de Produção pela Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Professor Titular da Escola de Engenharia da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Departamento de Engenharia de Produção. Foi professor visitante na TU Delft - Delft University of Technology, Holanda, entre março e novembro de 2010. Porfessor visitante na UTT - Universidade de Tecnologia de Troyes, França, entre novembro de 2021 e abril de 2022.


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How to Cite

Avelar, J. P. de, & Romeiro Filho, E. (2022). The Slow approach and its contribution to Design: a product evaluation. DAT Journal, 7(2), 114–123.