Human Spaces is a brilliant resource for information about ‘spaces designed with the human in mind’ so I’m very pleased that they’ve published an excerpt from my new book. Read it here Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age | Human Spaces
This free online course at Minneapolis College of Art and Design promises a useful introduction to biomimicry. It’s taught by Cindy Gilbert, director of the online Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD).
Nature offers boundless inspiration for sustainable design, but how do we access the wealth of biological information available and apply it effectively to design? This course provides an introduction to the tools and principles of biomimicry, a new discipline that emulates nature’s best ideas and blueprints in order to solve human design challenges. Each week you’ll get outside to explore nature and learn a key biomimicry design concept that you’ll then apply to develop a novel biomimetic design.
At the completion of the course, students will have:
- Defined and applied biomimicry concepts, tools, and principles by creating novel biomimetic designs.
- Differentiated between nature’s design principles, strategies, functions, and patterns to apply them to human-made designs.
- Observed nature and conducted research to learn from nature through real-world, outdoor observations.
- Employed the biological solutions database AskNature.org to serve as a research tool for design challenges.
To read more on this topic, see Biomimicry by Janine Benyus.
The new social network, Tsū, is banded with a clear and vivid green. Its hue is reminiscent of aspects of nature: the sea in winter, the stripes on certain kinds of leaves, the colour of chrysanthemums and orchids.
In contrast to the dull office blue of Facebook, the icy whiteness of Google+, and the foggy grey of Ello, Tsū offers users a warm and vibrant colour scheme which is soft on the eyes and somehow friendlier.
Can a simple design choice make so much difference to the attractiveness of a social network site? It seems that the biggest sites go for blue: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Foursquare all favour it. And that choice is reflected in a general worldwide preference in all kinds of situations. Blue connotes intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, duty, and logic, giving an overall sense of competence and security. It makes for a pretty safe choice.
Red however, is seen as arousing, exciting, and stimulating. It’s generally associated with activity, strength, and being up-to-date. Google+, YouTube, and Pinterest all feature red teamed with white (sincerity, purity, cleanness, simplicity, hygiene, clarity, peace, and happiness).
The only established social network coloured green is Vine where users share videos for six seconds or less in a short-lived, always-on culture of almost organic constant flux. But now there’s Tsū, a lighter and slightly bluer green than Vine, and offering a very different kind of experience.
Continue reading Social network Tsū opts for green – they’re in the right spectrum for connectedness in my column at The Conversation.