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Swarm Intelligence: Designing with 1000 Eyes

Swarm Intelligence: Designing with 1000 Eyes

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​​​​​​​Observing and learning from nature is not a new concept within the design community. In the modern era, Frank Lloyd Wright famously developed his theory of organic architecture by studying nature. But beyond form and pattern, how can designers today look at natural phenomena to better inform their designs and be more responsive to human behavior? SEGD member firm BrandCulture (Sydney, Australia) is meeting this challenge by applying theories of “swarm intelligence” to their designs to create better wayfinding and navigation systems.

Speculative Design + Research Paper // Michele Washington, Exhibition and Experience Design

This paper proposes a transformative framework for how Speculative Design—and more specifically, research methods—can be used as a model for student engagement and to enhance learning outcomes. The goal is for my students to become better critical thinkers and be more experimental with strategically tackling innovative, socially relevant design solutions. By prompting design students to shift more towards imaginative thinking to begin exploring new frameworks and new methods for design research processes.


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