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Based on all the emails we got, Slow Food friends from around the country were captivated by the NY Times article about “slow design” a few weeks ago. It was such a hit that the San Francisco Chronicle also ran the story the following week.

It got us thinking about the intersections of Slow Food and design. The definition of “slow design” could extend even further than the Times article suggests.
For example, maybe recyclable cooking ware, as reported in Metroplis mag. You might not think of your plastic colander as sustainable, but if it’s made in such a way that it can be recycled along with your empties, maybe it is?

Or how about the work of San Francisco-based design firm Futurefarmers? They are an innovative design collaborative that uses a portion of its profit to fund public projects, many of which explore the world of urban agriculture. Especially exciting, their Victory Gardens pilot project: “The program began as a utopian proposal and has now become a pilot project that supports the transition of backyard, front yard, window boxes, rooftops and unused land into food production areas. VG2007+ has the mission to create and support a citywide network of urban farmers by (1) growing, distributing and supporting starter kits for home gardeners, (2) educating through lessons, exhibitions and web sites and (3) starting and maintaining a city seed bank.”

Also, check out their innovative and clever shovel-pogostick and bicycle-wheelbarrow.

Finally, and this time back to the original article: Carolyn Strauss of Slow Lab, who is mentioned in the article, introduced one of her students to us last year and an interesting project was born. Whitney Stewart, then a student at Parsons School of Design, created a “Slow Lunchbox,” for Slow Food on Campus students on the go, which she described as “a lunch carrier that is fun and easy to carry in a book bag and also which will hopefully inspire long-term use.” Below is the veggie love graphic she designed for the portable tablecloth, and the pb and j graphic at the top of the post is hers as well: