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Packaging for the post-Amazon world: Case Study Part III – PatternFox MatchKit

By Katie Mencke | Apr 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

PatternFox, has been developing a BID case study to illustrate how we apply a rigorous design method, as well as to learn about one particular important problem we believe can be addressed using biology: What can nature teach us about designing transport packaging for a decentralized delivery system? Part I of our case study introduced…

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Packaging for the post-Amazon world: Case Study Part II – PatternFox ProblemKit…continued

By Katie Mencke | Mar 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

In this Part II of our case study, we continue to pursue the answer to the question, What can nature teach us about designing transport packaging for a decentralized delivery system? Part I of our case study focused on understanding the current system in which the problem exists and why the problem is a problem. …

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Packaging for the post-Amazon world: Case Study Part I – PatternFox ProblemKit

By Katie Mencke | Jan 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

I don’t feel like I’m exaggerating when I say that e-commerce has changed the way every one of us shops.  From browsing and vetting products before in-store purchases to buying and shipping direct to our homes, the way we buy goods has changed.  In 2017, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) online sales accounted for 7% of…

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What makes a good BID project?

By Katie Mencke | Mar 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

So, you have a problem, and you need a solution.  You heard about biologically inspired design (BID) at a recent conference, and while it has piqued your interest, you’re not exactly sure it’s the right approach for your particular challenge.  How do you know if you have a “good” BID problem? As a PatternFox Co-founder,…

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What’s a biologist to do (to be good at design)?

By Marc Weissburg | Jan 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Biology, of course, is essential to biologically inspired design. It is the source of basic principles, solutions, if you will, that are used to generate a product or process. Ideally, the different ways that natural vs. human-designed products accomplish function is what makes biological knowledge both necessary and valuable. But, developing a product is an…

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Deep Biologically Inspired Design: Overcoming Skepticism and Driving IP Creation

By Michael Helms | Jan 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Proponents of biologically inspired design (a.k.a. bionics, biomimetics, nature-inspired design, etc.) suggest that the method holds great promise for innovative design, often with emphasis on sustainability. Successful designs range widely across domains, including novel nanoscale materials, more sustainable “green” chemistry, high performing mechanical systems and sensors, waste minimizing infrastructure ecosystems, and more efficient and robust…

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What’s in a name?

By Marc Weissburg | Dec 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bio-utilization, biomimetics, biologically inspired design. What’s the difference? Why should we care? These terms all convey the use of biology to solve human challenges, and the relationships between biology and human technical problems. Yet, each term is subtly different and emphasizes a different type of relationship. These shifts in emphasis change the role of biology…

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Treeometry – An Exercise In BID Analysis

By James Blumling | Nov 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

  When you and physics disagree, physics wins. Biologically inspired design (BID) can provide tremendous innovation in product design and development, but not every instance of bio-inspiration is destined for success. Even when the biology appears to align closely with a design challenge, it may not yield an effective solution. It all comes down to…

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From inspiration to perspiration: Moving beyond the ideation phase using biologically inspired design principles

By Katie Mencke | Oct 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mother Nature has been experimenting on her own designs for eons and many are looking to capture insights from evolution. Biologically inspired design (BID), which is a process of translating biological mechanisms to innovative solutions, is gaining a lot of traction for research and development.  Some are turning to biology as a source of innovation;…

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