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Designing for Longevity vs. Continuous Consumption

a happenstance case study and tangent

A recent encounter with a discarded stove allowed me to think about what could’ve been or perhaps could be in a more sustainable future – if we could build consumer goods to last, end discontinuation, or use more standardized interchangeable parts.

A "before" photo of my stove.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a “before” picture of what my stove looked like a couple months ago, but here’s an oblique one from a few years ago.
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Small is Beautiful

Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered by E.F. Schumacher, 1973

Though the economy is ever-present in news and politics, we rarely examine its fundamentals – and never with nuance. In this collection of essays published over 40 years ago, Schumacher shines a light on our systems, remarkably similar then, questioning the mythologies we’ve adopted and offering alternative approaches.

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The Conference, Sweden 2016

I came to The Conference in Malmö, Sweden as a user experience designer in transition and found it not just inspiring but profound and moving, even tearing up a few times. This past year I’ve been following a a few vague, disparate leads looking for a more holistic vision of design which amazingly materialized at this one gathering. It felt like thee new new and the most interesting potential future to be a part of.

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Sustainable Interaction Design

a new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move to higher levels
– Einstein

I’ve spent the past few weeks collecting thoughts on the Valerie Casey keynote at SXSW, but it got too complicated. So instead, here’s a bunch of stuff I found insightful or inspiring in the process (followed by some thoughts on how to move forward)…

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