Cite: S. Linn, A. Kelliher. Speak More Slowly: Developing Better Community Awareness Through Localized Reflective Media Systems, in IDSA 2010 Education Symposium. August, 2010.
Abstract: Recent advances in networking and communication technology have surrounded us with digitized information and new media, transforming the nature of our everyday interaction with the world increasingly into a physical-digital hybrid. Hidden within these networks and patterns could be powerful insights into ourselves, our communities, and our place within them. However, the quantity and rate of data generated by our existence in this hybrid world is often too vast to easily grasp. The concept of 'slow design' — more measured, contemplative interactions with objects and data — proposes to develop richer user experiences and help people strengthen senses of community identity. Tools available to both designers and hobbyists today allow us to filter and interpret these data in ways that benefit us better, on our own terms. Designers today should be conscious of the opportunities provided by designing for 'slow' interactions between the physical and digital worlds.