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Getting inspired by Nature – Inspirations and provocations to help you innovate beyond the obvious
11 August 2020

Getting inspired by Nature – Inspirations and provocations to help you innovate beyond the obvious

Embracing Nature’s Genius in Design: A Dive into Sneaker Fish’s Innovative Tool

As a creative entrepreneur, I have always been fascinated by the interconnections between nature and technology. This curiosity led me to explore Sneaker Fish’s latest offering, a tool designed to harness nature’s patterns and phenomena to fuel human-centered design. In this blog post, I’ll share my insights and experiences with this innovative tool, hoping to inspire you to think beyond the conventional in your design challenges.

In my latest review, I delve into a unique product from Sneaker Fish that promises to enhance the creative process by drawing inspiration from the natural world. The tool comprises a deck of cards, each categorized under different aspects of nature such as form, function, and ecosystems. These cards are not just informative; they are crafted to provoke thought, stimulate ideation, and guide the creative mind through nature’s intricate details and complex systems.

One of the standout features of this tool is its simplicity and versatility. Each card poses questions and offers a framework that encourages users to observe and reflect on natural elements—be it the structure of pine cones or the social behaviors of animals within their ecosystems. This method fosters a deeper understanding of nature’s functionalities and their applications in solving design problems.

During my interaction with the tool, I was particularly intrigued by the section on animal behaviors and natural phenomena. By analyzing roles and behaviors within animal groups, I could draw parallels to human social structures and community dynamics, which are essential considerations in designing more engaging and user-friendly spaces, especially in these times of increased isolation due to the pandemic.

Moreover, the ‘Inspired by Nature’ deck goes beyond just providing static information. It actively engages with the user through questions and prompts that challenge one’s preconceptions and encourage a hands-on approach to learning and ideation. For example, while discussing the formation and function of pine cones, the cards prompted me to think about applications of these natural strategies in modern design, pushing me to explore and innovate without boundaries.

Accompanying this tool was the ‘Fast Five Cube,’ another brilliant addition from Sneaker Fish that aids the critique process. This cube, which you can assemble yourself, features different questions on each face, offering a dynamic and interactive way to evaluate ideas during brainstorming sessions. This is particularly helpful in maintaining critical thinking and ensuring that each design solution is robust and well-considered.

In closing, the ‘Inspired by Nature’ tool by Sneaker Fish is more than just a design aid; it is a gateway to rethinking how we approach creativity and innovation. It encourages us to step outside, literally and metaphorically, to harness the endless inspirations nature has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned designer or a curious mind in the creative field, this tool promises to enrich your design process with insights and methodologies grounded in the natural world.

I encourage everyone to explore this tool and integrate its lessons into your creative endeavors. Let’s step into nature’s workshop and see where this journey takes us. And as always, I look forward to your thoughts and discussions in the comments below—let’s continue to inspire and challenge each other.

Nature can be a source of great inspiration when you’re searching for new ideas. The Sneakerfish, “Inspired by Nature” offers a structured method, and set of cards that will help you and inspire your team as they search for innovations.

** I also have a little bonus tool, the Fast Five cube to show you at the end of this video. I reviewed the Classic Card deck a few months ago – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPbIT…

You can find the Sneakerfish Classic, Inspired by Nature card desks at www.snkrfsh.ca along with the Fast 5 cube.

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