Guiding Question: What s
Biomimicry and how does it relate to design?
consideration of nature in the design of products is becoming very important in
product design. The inspiration of nature (shapes, size, structure and
textures) is helping our world to become more ecological in both design and
manufacture. Biomimicry is the study of nature as a way to inspire creative
ideas for the design of products. By studying biomimicry we can not only learn
about our connection to the world around us but also help move toward Sustainability
and Eco Design. This will help us to
leave a smaller ecological footprint for the generations that will follow us
and give them the chance to enjoy the diversity of our biology that our world
people need products that help them in their life at home. A manufacturer is
considering introducing a range of eco-friendly biomimicry products to increase their range of designed products.
As an eco-designer, the owner wants to produce a range of projects that
highlight nature. For example its patterns, shapes and structures. A lot of
market research is showing that these type of products are becoming even more
popular for people to buy.
product will need to be aimed at a particular market or age group. A range of
prototype products have been commissioned and must be of a generally small
size. (No larger than 500 x 300 x 300mm). It must also be made primarily out of
sustainable material. You are to
design and create a solution that follows these guidelines and be of high
Problem explanation and Relevance, Design Brief, Research, History, Design Specifications, & Test,
Bibliography, Evaluation DESIGN Design
Ideas, Design Annotation and link to Specifications, Final Design (Working
Drawing) Evaluation PLAN Gantt
Chart, Design and Construction Plan, Justification and Modifications and
Evaluation CREATE Process
Journal with Photographs and
sketches, Explain of using tools, equipment and connection to Plan stage,
Create product/solution EVALUATE Evaluate
Product/Solution, Evaluate Process and Design Cycle, Link to Life, Social or
Environmental connections, AOI’s and Learner Profile
1 x A3 page Brainstorm (Project
Brainstorming) Helps Explain the Problem
and Discuss its relevance
1 x A3 Page Design
brief & Essential Questions. Short summary of what you intend to do.
3 x A3 pages of Research (6+Images of other Projects or
inspirational forms from a broad appropriate sources) Images are then
and annotation written.
Materials and Construction techniques. May also Include a Survey to Assist in
research and help with specifications
1 x A3 pages of Ergonomic
Research. User / Target
Market - Measurements and details
1 x A3 Page of Design
Specifications, includes Testing. (How you are going to assess each Specification) Detailed and formalised.
1 x A3 Page for
Where All your45 reference sources are documented using MLA format.
1 x A3 Page of Investigate
Evaluation. Assessment of your Investigation stage.
1x A3 Pages of Design Ideas.
4-6 Sketches are drawn to satisfy
the design specifications. Each Sketch is rendered and annotated with all Specification
details. From these consider the refinement
of 1 Design idea into a more workable reality.
1 x A3 Final Design. Drawn in Orthographic
1 x A3 Final Design. Drawn in
Pictorial. Fully and critically Justified and Evaluated against all of the design
1 x A3 Page of Design
Evaluation. Assessment of your Design Stage. Detail any further changes or modifications
1 x A3 Page of Gantt Chart.
Outlining milestones in the project and expected completion times.
1 x A3 Design and Construction
plan. To document the process in the construction of the project. Must be
Justified and Evaluated
1 x A3 Page of Plan Evaluation.
Assessment of your Plan Stage. Detail any modifications or later suggestions
Student to Clearly document all
steps, processes and modifications including materials and techniques in Process
Includes Photographs of Process and Product construction and also you using the
appropriate safety equipment ……
Student to measure, mark out,
cut, trial assemble and actual assembly of project and prepare for finish and
1 x A3 page of Questionnaire +
or Survey of Project. Survey
results and graphed for interpretation
1(2) x A3 Page of Specification Evaluation.
Assessment of your Project. Details and how it matches your original Product
Specification 1(2) x A3 Page of Process Evaluation. Listing all changes. Folio
Areas for improvement.
Life, Society and Environment considerations + Conclusions
drawn. Include AOI’s and Learner Profile evaluation
List Possible commercial
applications and considerations of your design