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Biomimicry: A Framework for Sustainable Design

Disrupt your thinking. Flex your creativity. Get a jolt of inspiration. Envision your role in creating a sustainable world.

We are all feeling an urgency to take action on climate change and sustainability. Designers have a unique ability to make change, but they need new sources of inspiration as well as a new problem-solving tool.

During this hands-on experience, we’ll cover basics of Sustainable Design and Biomimicry and share tools of Bio-Inspired Design. While playing with nature, you’ll sharpen your skills of observation and learn new tools for ideation.

You’ll leave with a worksheet you can use to practice bringing nature to your design table to create more innovative and sustainable solutions. Brought to you by experts in the emerging field of Sustainable Design, we take you beyond recycling and composting and dig into design’s role in crafting a sustainable future.

Technical details:

Ticket holders will receive an email with a link to our Zoom Meeting sometime on or before on Tuesday August 4. We will open the workshop Zoom meeting at 6:00pmPT. Please log in early to be sure you have your audio and video working. You'll sit in the Zoom waiting room until we let you in. We'll be using cameras for part of it so we can see each other.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Virtual Event


Minneapolis College of Art and Design + Green Crane Innovation

MCAD’s fully online master of arts in sustainable design was created for busy working professionals who are passionate about sustainability. The program enlists a global community of students and world-class instructors working together to push the sustainability envelope forward across a variety of disciplines and industries. This program is ideal for students who are seeking a deep understanding of the cutting-edge theories, practical applications, and leadership strategies of sustainable design in order to forge new paths in this continually evolving field. Just 30 credits and 5 semesters stand between you and your master's. Complete the fully online program anytime, anywhere.

Green Crane Innovation uses the art and science of design to aid the transition from destructive systems and mindsets to circular economies that are sustainable and equitable. We aim to disrupt the status quo and don’t shy away from complexity. We partner with clients to address business and social challenges in creative ways.We are strategists, designers, educators, visual facilitators, storytellers, scientists, artists, trauma therapists, and more. We specialize in sustainability, change management, and user-centered design thinking. We collaborate with organizations of all sizes and shapes. We work on communication graphics, products, services, campaigns, social research, educational programs, and odd combinations of projects large and small. We are literate in climate realities and designing visual system languages for diverse, compelling, and rich stories around climate change + impact.