Flourish(ing) by design?

Rodgers, Paul; Dunn, Nick and Cruickshank, Leon and Coupe, Gemma, eds. (2023) Flourish(ing) by design? In: Flourish by Design. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon, pp. 30-34. ISBN 9781003399568 (https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003399568)

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To flourish involves growth, development, and success, the same outcomes that many design projects set out to achieve. As such, one might argue that a key aim of design and designing (be that a new product, service, system, space, or strategy) is to flourish—in an economic, social, cultural, and/or environmental sense. Flourishing in this world, however, is not achieved by dealing with these things in isolation. The notion of ‘responsibility’ has been embraced by many contemporary design researchers and practitioners working towards positive social and environmental outcomes. This chapter proposes a creative consciousness of slowness and for a caring theory of design that seeks to make a difference in the world, bringing greater care to what we look to design and make. By doing so, it contemplates new ways for us to think (design) and live.