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Slow Tech

l'Artisan Électronique featured in Jeroen Junte's essay on the designer as a self producer: ‘Slow tech, or making machines to make things’. Thoughtful and critical reflection on the recent revival of the designer/producer:

"A review of the recent revival of crafts and manual production brings us to a rather awkward question: Have all the designers who have worked in recent decades with basket-weavers, woodcutters, glass- blowers and the like actually modernized these crafts? The answer is no. After all, the batches are too small, the production process too labour-intensive and the materials too vulnerable. It takes longer to make the product than it does to design it. And manual production also breeds a new dependence on skilled workers and affluent consumers.

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May 15th 2012
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