Biomimicry Hike

8:30 am – 10:30 am

Quartz Ridge Trailhead
32nd Street and Lincoln Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Discover the Secrets of Nature

Nature has the potential to inspire new solutions for innovative and sustainable designs. Many deep patterns as well as organisms exhibit strategies that can help us as designers. Plants and animals that surround us here in the Sonoran Desert have evolved strategies that help them thrive in extreme conditions. For example, the cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) can shed and regrow limbs on demand, the Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) can store its own urine to prevent dehydration, and the Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys) can breathe while holding on to most of its moisture. How can we as visual communication designers tap into these secrets to design strong and resource-effective messages?   

Through learning about these strategies, designers can reframe their challenges, look for different and new approaches to solve them, and end up with creative solutions. Biomimicry can be applied to UX design, social design, as well as print and web design. Join us during this leisure walk in the desert and learn about nature’s secrets. 

Bring a curious and open mind, water in a reusable bottle (no single-use plastic bottles please), sun protection, comfy clothes, and close-toed shoes. Optional gear: sketch supplies, camera, binoculars, jeweler’s loupe, and nature guide books.

Registration is limited to 20 people. Please RSVP here.

Michelle Fehler, Biomimicry Professional, MS, Arizona State University
Joe Zazzera, Biomimicry Professional, MS, Plantsolutions