I spoke with Emma about my topic. She suggested that I research people who are designing to change materialistic lifestyles, such as the Slow Fashion movement, Rosanna Orlandi and Guiltless Plastic and Marie Kondo.
We realised that my topic could either look into materials (through alternatives to plastic, waste etc.) or into lifestyles (small living, downshifting, co-housing etc.). I'm more interested in investigating people's lifestyles and how becoming less materialistic can make people happier. Slow Design is worth investigating...
I spoke with Lyn about my topic. He suggested that my project could be designing for people who are already interested in alternative lifestyles, or designing for people who aren't at all interested in alternative lifestyles. The outcome would be quite different for each option. He also suggested I look into Slow Design, the evidence of this thinking (tiny houses etc.), and why people are designing and living this way.
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