Slow design and imperfection

In a throw-away society where trends are rapidly changing and the lifespan of products seems to be getting shorter and shorter, it is crucial to understand how to design products that are not only sustainable, but that people will cherish. What does it take to design in a way that people feel connected to a product and that they will cherish the product for a lifetime? What does it take for people to repair their product rather than throwing it away?

Organised by Science shop

Wed 19 June 2024 15:30

Venue Impulse, building number 115
Stippeneng 2
6708 WE Wageningen
+31 (0) 317 - 482828

Questions like these are studied in collaboration with Creative Connectors and Wageningen Science Shop. Slow Design is an event to share and discuss the research results focused on inspiring and motivating people to create long lasting consumer product relationships. How can product design contribute to this, slow down consumerism and promote sustainability?

There's a limited number of places so sign up to be able to join by mailing leneke.pfeiffer@wur.nl before the 17th.


  • “Slow design and imperfection: how to motivate extended product lifetime and repair?” by Dr. Ilona E. de Hooge & Cristobal Milosavljevic Virrueta
  • “A first dive into the business viability of slow design”, by Dr. Ilona E. de Hooge & Sem Reimink
  • A Designers perspective
  • “Next steps: Tackling ‘fixophobia’ “ by Prof. Dr. Ruth Mugge (Delft University)