Update March 4, 7:37 p.m.: Thanks to everyone who joined #dchat tonight with our special guest, Taylor Cone. If you missed it, here's the recap, and you can catch Taylor on Twitter at @taycone: https://twitter.com/emikolawole/status/441054237515350016
What can designers learn from nature? A better question may be, what can't designers learn from nature. This is our topic for #dchat on Tues., March 4 from 6-7pm PT. Our host will be d.school teaching fellow, engineer, designer and professional river guide Taylor Cone. Here's his summary of Tuesday's chat:
Designers find inspiration in many places -- friends, colleagues, past successes and failures. But we've only recently started looking to nature for inspiration. No entity has more design experience nor more concrete trial and error examples than the biological systems that surround us.
Biomimicry is the discipline of finding inspiration by observing, analyzing, and replicating functions and forms that nature has developed. Looking to nature can (and already has) led us to more sustainable products, a better understanding of the complex systems that make up our world, and wisdom regarding successes and failures of design.
As a mechanical engineer and designer, I constantly ask myself how nature might solve challenges in my life and work. As an avid outdoorsman, I have an especially deep appreciation for nature from both a biologically inspired design perspective and from a place of personal connection with it.
So, how has nature influenced your design work? If it hasn't, what would you like to know about incorporating nature into your work? Taylor will be online on Tuesday for #dchat, and you can follow him at @taycone. Prior to Tuesday's chat, feel free to post your questions or comments on Twitter using #dchat or in the comments. If you missed last week's #dchat on re-designing the online dating experience, feel free to check out our roundup.
Animated gif by d.school Teaching Fellow Ashish Goel.