Siyang Gong


"As speed is seemingly equated with efficiency and professionalism, however, slowness can become a way of signaling an alternative set of values or a refusal to privilege the workplace over other domains of life." (Parkins, W., & Craig, G., 2006)

This thesis defines what slow living is, its background and why it is becoming important today. Slow living can be defined as a way to improve socialization. It is a lifestyle that helps people slow down their pace and spend more time with their families and friends doing meaningful things together. As a reward, they can feel more relaxed and experience more love.

Slow Living recognizes the role that time plays in shaping the quality of our lives. With products designed for slow living, people are more likely to get rid of hectic lifestyles or feel less emotionally out of kilter in their daily lives. At the same time, they are able to spend more quality time with family members. By investigating and understanding what causes high pressure in our fast-paced lives, we are able to design ways to embrace stress, ignore persistent thoughts, relax, and enjoy life more. Consequently, slow living design is likely to be a major trend in the future.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Slow life movement; Design--Philosophy

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Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Stan Rickel

Advisor/Committee Member

Alan Reddig

Advisor/Committee Member

Bruce Leonard


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at HN20 .G66 2014


RIT – Main Campus

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