Abstract

This paper follows a design science approach to inquire into the act of creation of nature-inspired product forms. Structured on Nigel Cross taxonomy, it considers three aspects for design research: Processes, Products, and People. In this paper, we discuss two aspects of the framework examining Processes & Methods by undertaking a comparative study of methods in the published literature on the generation of product forms inspired by nature. The second aspect, the study of Products is a qualitative study of visual elements of product form inspired by nature. The paper explores the possibilities of developing i) systematic design research and ii) systematic design practice in exploring nature-inspired product forms.

Keywords:

Nature-inspired design, design science, design research, design knowledge

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Design Science Approach to Nature Inspired Product Forms: Studies on Processes and Products

This paper follows a design science approach to inquire into the act of creation of nature-inspired product forms. Structured on Nigel Cross taxonomy, it considers three aspects for design research: Processes, Products, and People. In this paper, we discuss two aspects of the framework examining Processes & Methods by undertaking a comparative study of methods in the published literature on the generation of product forms inspired by nature. The second aspect, the study of Products is a qualitative study of visual elements of product form inspired by nature. The paper explores the possibilities of developing i) systematic design research and ii) systematic design practice in exploring nature-inspired product forms.

 

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