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Julia Kramer
University of California, Berkeley

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11/07/16
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Humans have always looked to nature for design inspiration. Naming of this concept was first done in the 1950’s by American biophysicist Otto Schmitt when used the term "Biomimetics". Janine Benyus popularized Biomimicry in her 1997 book [Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature](https://www.amazon.com/Biomimicry-Innovation-Inspired-Janine-Benyus/dp/0060533226). Biomimicry is defined in the book as a "new science that studies nature's models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human problems." Biomimicry allows designers to solve complex problems using inspiration from the natural world. Organisms have withstood the test of time and have perfected their processes through natural selection. This method allows designers to utilize that knowledge. #### Related Methods [Life Cycle Analysis](https://www.thedesignexchange.org/design_methods/312), [D4S (Design for Sustainability)](https://www.thedesignexchange.org/design_methods/330), [The Natural Step](https://www.thedesignexchange.org/design_methods/329), [Whole Systems Thinking](https://www.thedesignexchange.org/design_methods/331)
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