Blog 2

The past two lectures this week started off about fashion and sustainability then moved into biomimicry. We discussed the responsibility mapping exercise and worked through it in our learning communities. During another class we did a meditation exercise to see what we imagined our futures would be like and if they were a sustainable kind of future. Then we got into biomimicry and watched some interesting TED talks.

During the responsibility mapping exercise one thing my learning community discussed was that we identified the problem of people throwing out their clothing when there’s something minor wrong with it or if the clothing has just been around with that person for too long. Then we identified a key catalyst to move toward a solution to this problem which was that the consumer could donate their clothing to the homeless. Then we discussed the designer’s role that could help change this problem which we said that if people were getting rid of their clothing because of a minor problem with it, that the designer could produce better quality clothing that will last longer. Finally, we discussed the merchandiser’s role which we said that they could put together a small donation organization within the store where people could bring back their used clothing to the store to be donated, instead of finding a donation place on their own.

I found the cartoonist article to be the most interesting article this week. It was interesting how he could turn his imagination into a lifetime of futuring. The way he thinks of future inventions or thoughts is by being alone, doing absolutely nothing. He mentions that to come up with his ideas he imagines things physically in the visual part of the imagination. I found it cool that one way he comes up with his ideas is by driving on an empty section of a freeway. I thought this was cool because after reading that part of the article, I realized that when I am driving during a long drive is when I do a lot of my thinking about everything in life. Overall I found it very inspiring how imaginative and futuristic he his and the images and ideas he came up with.

During the in class meditation it was cool to imagine the different things in your own mind and then to hear what other people imagined as well. It’s interesting to see how everyone imagines sustainability differently and that some people’s images in their minds were more sustainable than others.

The tip of the iceberg was about how it starts off with the paradigms then moves into structure then into the patterns. The design as sustainability creating practice is at the bottom in the paradigm category, then the patterns is the industry we are in, and then design as the problem minimizing strategy is the top of the iceberg.

Biomimicry is looking to nature for inspiration on how to solve human problems. I could use biomimicry by purchasing and using these type of products or becoming more educated on this topic and maybe one day creating my own product. Janine’s TED talk is inspiring because she’s encouraging inventors to solve problems by looking to nature first. She explained on the ways that nature can help solve certain problems that someone wouldn’t come up with otherwise.

I haven’t heard of Ying Gao before, but after hearing about her in class, I looked at her designs more. She is an amazing designer and the products she comes up with through technology and the environment are incredible and inspiring.

The living product challenge’s goal is to transform how we think about every design as a chance to impact the community positively. It’s coming up with products that are good for the environment. It was cool to see all of the different designs using biomimicry in this article and inspires me to think and learn more about biomimicry going into the future.

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