Biomimicry Creating Phase


The creating phase involves a variety of brainstorming activities to generate design concepts. In order to avoid activating blind spots, this work is best done with additional participants who may not have been part of the design team so far. 

Below showcased are images of various design charettes to demonstrate the kind of work that happens in this phase. First, we introduce the context of the design challenge, the life principles, and the function cards so that all participants can be on the same page. Then we create 3-D models with intuitive thinking by building models in silence, and we learn about what we built during a thorough debrief of the model. We further refine the ideas on working walls to generate actionable sketches for the final proposals, and storyboard for possible scenarios. 

After concepts have been developed they will then be evaluated against the 26 life principles in the next step, the evaluation phase, before the design is further refined and final proposals are drafted.

Introduction to the Research — Reviewing the Function Cards


SCAD students report out about their process and nature-inspired prototype.


Kinesthetic Modeling


Participants from a Seattle-based community group of stakeholders reflect on the kinesthetic modeling process and what they learned from nature's inspirations about their design challenge — run-off into the Puget Sound.



Storyboarding is one way to bring the abstract kinesthetic model into reality and forward into a strategic action plan.

Final Renderings

Below samples demonstrate what final renderings may look like when delivered to the client. SCAD student work from spring 2014.

Next and final phase: Evaluating