For those who know me, I am fascinated with design and how it can make the world around us a better place. Whether it’s a user interface on a physical product or the process for boarding an airplane, I like to think about how we can make things better for everyone.
There’s a fascinating, emerging realm of design called Biomimicry (or biomimetics) that involves emulating designs that occur in nature in our own human designs. Velcro is a great, simple example of biomimicry. The inventor of Velcro noticed how easily burrs were sticking to his dog’s hair and found that the burrs had little hooks on the end of them. He replicated that idea to create Velcro.
Designers can look to three different types of design in nature: shape or form, processes and ecosystems. The natural world is teeming with ingenious designs that can lead to greater efficiencies, more strength, improved communication, less waste, etc. We just need to look at the world around us to discover these insights to improve our own designs.
Looking at this from a faith perspective, biomimicry fills me with awe and appreciation for creation. I hope to learn more about this area of design not only for it’s usefulness in creating our own designs, but also so that it increases my appreciation for the natural world.
I encourage you to check out this video if you want to learn more about Biomimicry and the potential it holds for how we design and interact with our world: