Blog 5

Last week we (the merchandising students) read an article concerning in-store greenery. The article was pretty interesting and I liked the purpose of the study. The purpose was to find out if in-store greenery was to discover if the in-store greenery evoked pleasure, alleviated stress, and evoked excitement. The findings of this study proved that the plants did evoke pleasure and alleviate stress, but did not evoke excitement. I really like the idea of having plants indoors, one of the 14 Patterns of Biophilia is a visual connection with nature, and I do believe that having this connection is vital in today’s society, and I feel like it will add more value to the brand if the consumers see that they are putting forth such efforts.

The TED talk with Elora Hardy I really enjoyed. The whole process of her bamboo structures is just amazing. I was really excited when I saw that she designed scale models out of the same material (bamboo) and takes it on-site as her blueprints. The structures she creates are so beautiful, and using bamboo is a massive plus as it is such a sustainable material. I would one day like to be able to visit one of her buildings and spend time in it. It looks like such a beautiful place to spend time in and connect with nature. I hope that designers begin using bamboo more often and follow in the footsteps of Elora to ensure a brighter and more environmentally future.

The edible spoons I feel are a great solution to a problem that not many seem to think about. The statistic that video used was that there are 120 billion plastic cutlery are disposed of every year. The edible cutlery is also such a genius way to add nutrition into the lives of people who may not have the most nutritious diet. Plus, it is a great way just to get more food!

Biophilia means having an infatuation with living things (like the earth). Three patterns of biophilic design I enjoy myself are visual connections with nature, non-visual connections with nature, and presence of water. Like I stated earlier, I like visual connections with nature, such as in store greenery, or greenery indoors. I would like to implement more greenery in my apartment, but finding cat-safe plants is a little difficult to do. Nonvisual connections with nature, like putting on thunderstorm noises before bed, is the pattern of biophilia that I do most often, and is honestly one of my favorite sounds to hear. Benefits of biophilic design would be that it helps the consumer feel closer to nature, in turn perhaps making them feel more comfortable with the designs.

Eco design is designing products with special consideration for the environmental impacts of the products during its whole lifecycle. I feel as if this is the way all designs should be carried on, just because it makes the designer/sourcer accountable for the products they are making and the methods they are using to create the products. Because if the product does more harm than good, why would we create it? This I feel goes along with the 10 Ted Principles, one of them being to design minimizing waste. Which reflecting on, would mean ending the closed loop system. Designing that explores clean/better technologies will become vital in the years to come as we hopefully start moving away from fossil fuels and begin relying and embracing clean, sustainable energy.

The eco design my learning community did was to implement a garden hear at OSU which students could help tend to, and which dining places could use as a resource for food. The garden would be a place for people to meet up and talk, and also maybe to meditate in the peace. The garden would also have a compost bin in order to try to create “zero-waste.” We also wanted to have an app that would go along with it in order to make the volunteer system easy and efficient, and also so students could go on and learn more about sustainability on campus and everywhere

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