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Built to Last - The Slow Issue - GOOD
"As an inventor, Saul Griffith has spent a lot of time thinking about how to make useful things. Griffith developed innovative designs for low-cost prescription glasses and energy-producing kites, founded the DIY website Instructables, and created a comprehensive carbon calculator called WattzOn. He was also awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2007. Recently, onstage at high-profile conferences such as TED and PopTech, Griffith has been arguing that we need to stop buying things and then throwing them away so quickly. In short, we need more “heirloom design.”"
glvo  heirloomdesign  saulgriffith  slow  slowdesign  philosophy  green  sustainability  design  lego 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Compostmodern 09: Saul Griffith Runs the Numbers - Core77
"we need to start thinking about "heirloom design," one great object that lasts you a lifetime" ... "Griffith says there are enough consumers, bloggers and keen eyeballs out there to call out the all the greenwashing right away. But then someone asks a question about the changing client-designer relationship in light of the fact that you might tell them not to make something. "Your client is not the client anymore," Griffith scolds. "The planet is the client." Which means you might have to change the expectations about your career: You're not going to do 64 blockbuster products." See also:
saulgriffith  energy  consumption  green  sustainability  design  undesign  unproduct  heirloomdesign  future  greenwashing  plannedlongevity  change  gamechanging  compostmodern09 
february 2009 by robertogreco

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