Blog 5

The in-store greenery article was about how plants and greenery affected people in retail. There was positive correlations between the plants being placed in the store, and people feeling calm and relaxed. Plants made the environment more enjoyable. I feel like plants to have a calming affect on people. I know certain plants can help people sleep better. I have thought about getting a jasmine plant to help with my sleep.

I really enjoyed the TED talks that we watched on Monday. I thought it was super creative that people are able to make buildings out of bamboo. It seemed like it would be very hard to make since each bamboo piece is different from another. I love the new genius ideas of working with the shape of the bamboo to make doors and bathrooms. The edible spoons was a really neat product. I feel like they should be implemented globally. It would take some time for consumers to adjust to the spoons, but I feel they would become popular. It was smart of the company to produce different flavors to go with different meals. That way people can enjoy the spoons with regular meals and then with desserts.

Biophilia is having a passion and love for nature. Connecting people and nature together is biophilia. My three favorite patterns of biophilic design are: thermal & airflow variability, dynamic & diffuse light, and biomorphic forms & patterns. I find those three the most compelling to me personally. I love the feel of a nice breeze so I relate to thermal and airflow variability. I also enjoy sunshine and light. Light makes me feel more awake and responsive to everything. Biomorphic forms and patterns are just pleasing to the eyes. I love patterns and different shapes because they just make things more enjoyable and different. Benefits of biophilic designs is that it is essentially designing with nature in mind. People who design with the idea of nature are more willing to be sustainable and more conscientious of the surrounding environment.

Eco-Design is designing products while having a special consideration for the environmental impacts that product will have during its life. Product designers can go either of two ways: cradle-to-cradle or cradle-to-ground. Cradle-to-cradle is having a product that can either be recycled into something new again or to just be re-used. Cradle-to-ground is having a product with one time use and not being able to re-use it again. Cradle-to-cradle is more environmentally friendly, while cradle-to-ground is not. The two TED principles I feel the strongest about are: design to minimize waste, and design for ethical production. Design to minimize waste is designing with a cradle-to-cradle mindset. Designing for ethical production is to make sure that the product is being made in an ethical and thoughtful way. Being involved in an ethical productions means to be aware of how factories or other parts of the assembly are treating their employees.

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