From Organic to Digital: Applying Nature's Complexity, Symmetry and Beauty

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Design benefits "non-designers" like scientists and engineers all the time in the field of Biomimicry a discipline that aims to innovate materials engineering and improve existing machines by copying nature which for millions of years has been manufacturing products without polluting the environment and producing strong materials.

This talk is about extending Biomimicry to designers, developers and everyone involved in the creative process by teaching them to observe the complexity, symmetry & beauty found in the natural world. It aims to extract design thinking lessons from nature’s cycles and their application to a creative team’s processes, methods and culture.

Nature tackles clearly defined problems of global proportions all the time and the way these are solved through its cycles of massive scale teaches designers and others to have a clearly defined problem, seek solutions by asking for different points of view and arriving at a holistic solution.

Nature is full of inspiration for anyone involved in the creative process: visual and audio sensory experiences; these all make up powerful caches of creativity. The way nature adapts to changing conditions speaks bold lessons about ideating multiple ideas in today’s modern development cycles by encouraging a culture of brainstorming, generating multiple ideas and collaboration.

The field of biomimetics is full of prototypes that are tested before introducing innovative products to market, a fact that speaks to any User Experience professional who values prototyping, soliciting user feedback and testing.

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From Organic to Digital: Applying Nature's Complexity, Symmetry and Beauty

  1. 1. From Organic to Digital Applying Nature's Complexity, Symmetry and Beauty
  2. 2. Nature... photo credit: http://honeymoondiaries.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/yellow-boxfish-juvenile.jpg
  3. 3. photo credit: http://honeymoondiaries.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/yellow-boxfish-juvenile.jpg Engineers...
  4. 4. Prototypes
  5. 5. More than aesthetics photo credit: http://wallpaperskd.com/wallpaper/tree-rings/
  6. 6. Embracing disruption
  7. 7. Adaptive qualities
  8. 8. #UXBiomimicry
  9. 9. Decisions
  10. 10. From beginning to finale photo credit: http://bolgcurtains.com/used-theater-curtains/
  11. 11. Lead creative process "organically"photo credit: http://nofari.org/organic-farming/for-safely-and-quality/
  12. 12. Continuous
  13. 13. Provoke to readapt photo credit: http://www.desktopwallpapers4.me/photography/broken-tip-on-orange-pencil-11850/
  14. 14. Reap change from the core
  15. 15. Nothing to lose
  16. 16. Separate?
  17. 17. New ways of thinking
  18. 18. What Nature teaches designers
  19. 19. Complexity
  20. 20. "Less is More" Jakob Nielsen
  21. 21. Complexity on a massive scalephoto credit: http://www.wallpaperpin.com/wallpaper/1440x1024/planet-blue-earth-wallpaper-ibackgroundzcom-17899.html
  22. 22. Underlying maths beneath complicated systemsphoto credit: http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/03/the-newsonomics-of-crossover/
  23. 23. Order and patterns
  24. 24. Not visible to the eye
  25. 25. Human Experience
  26. 26. Sustainable life on earth
  27. 27. The Five Senses photo credit: http://blog.sanbornwesterncamps.com/?p=173
  28. 28. DNA photo credit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2011/11/22/whats-your-dna-worth/
  29. 29. photo credit: http://www.polymos.com/en/environment/environmental-policy1
  30. 30. Earth's protective shieldphoto credit: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=44267
  31. 31. Exerting creative energy efficiently & sustainably
  32. 32. Nature's Models
  33. 33. Culture Skills Motivation Disruption Structure Efficiency Nature's Models
  34. 34. UI Patterns
  35. 35. Just getting started... photo credit: http://cornelluxdesign.com/2012/03/24/agilelean-ux-19/
  36. 36. "UX" Code
  37. 37. Holistic photo credit: http://www.nexus-wallpaper.com/wallpaper/nature/seasons-tree/
  38. 38. “Of course, we’re not designing specific pages like one for Joe’s biography. We’re designing systems, frameworks within which pages will be constructed.” Stephen Hay
  39. 39. Symmetry
  40. 40. “The shape toward which a complex system evolves is a strange attractor” Lance Hosey
  41. 41. Design Implications
  42. 42. Speaking our user’s language
  43. 43. UI impact photo credit: http://www.productsthathateyou.com/
  44. 44. Is the user happy? photo credit: http://www.washington.edu/news/2012/09/18/app-lets-you-monitor-lung-health-using-only-a-smartphone/
  45. 45. “Symmetry creates balance, and balance in design creates harmony, order, and aesthetically pleasing results. It is found everywhere in nature, and is probably why we find it to be so beautiful. “ Kayla Knight
  46. 46. Beauty
  47. 47. "It's pretty much stealing from nature" Joanna Aizenberg
  48. 48. Nature grabs our attention, speaks clearly and gets to the point
  49. 49. Aesthetics Details
  50. 50. Golden Ratio
  51. 51. Doesn't always work...
  52. 52. Beautiful Utility
  53. 53. Textures
  54. 54. 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597... Fibonacci sequence
  55. 55. CSS (box model) Fn Fn Fn Fn Fn Fn http://jsfiddle.net/uxcodeine/syHXv/
  56. 56. Motion Intervals Fn http://jsfiddle.net/uxcodeine/X995Z/
  57. 57. Grid Systems Fn Fn http://jsfiddle.net/uxcodeine/68LWj/
  58. 58. "So What?" photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/slworking/5120684021/
  59. 59. “Although structures can be put in place and procedures can be taught, how you relate to your creative self is between you and nature.” Maggie Macnab
  60. 60. How do I make sure I "do something meaningful"?
  61. 61. Observing a tree’s structure of a trunk, branches and leaves.
  62. 62. Sap flows Sunlight Branch thickness
  63. 63. Creativity Meaning Strategy
  64. 64. How can I end up "working with smart people"?
  65. 65. Mimicking water cleaning techniques of algae in turf scrubbers.
  66. 66. Filter CLEANWASTE Sunlight
  67. 67. Culture VALUEFLUFF Mentors
  68. 68. How do I "focus on creating value"?
  69. 69. Emulating collision detection systems from Locusts.
  70. 70. Visual Sensory Processing System
  71. 71. egosdisunity miscommunication misinformed
  72. 72. How do I make sure I'm always "building stuff"?
  73. 73. Meeting Nature's modularity, efficiency, responsiveness and flexibility.
  74. 74. Modularity Efficiency Responsiveness Flexibility photos: www.awaketotheheart.com, ccarrstarr.blogspot.com, msutoday.msu.edu , www.jillypics.co.uk
  75. 75. Modularity Responsiveness Flexibility Efficiency
  76. 76. How do I make sure I "help other people build stuff"?
  77. 77. Mimicking human cells that selectively kill bad bacteria in healing wounds.
  78. 78. Toxic
  79. 79. Inspire
  80. 80. "What's Next"
  81. 81. "What if everything in the environment was embedded with computing power? Or if computing and information had organic qualities?" Rachel Hinman
  82. 82. Organic User Interfaces photo credit: Shutterstock photo credit: Wikipedia photo credit: CBS Interactive
  83. 83. graphic: http://www.mobiletuxedo.com/touch-gesture-icons/
  84. 84. Computer Paradigms photo: http://scientopia.org/blogs/
  85. 85. "Design Solutions"
  86. 86. Instant gratification generation
  87. 87. Continue to observe intently to create change photo credit: http://www.scoopempire.com/post/2012/08/31/Hellooo-Over-Population.aspx
  88. 88. Questions & Contact: Luis Daniel Rodriguez @uxcodeline Thank You!

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