For Educators

TO TEACHERS VISITING THIS SITE

My aim is to make Design by Nature as accessible and useful in your classroom as it is in mine. To that end you will find tools and classroom supports free for your use. This area will be periodically updated with additional teaching supports as they are developed.

EXAM COPIES OF DESIGN BY NATURE

SYLLABUS

A semester syllabus with the flex to fit your classroom needs.

ADDITIONAL EXERCISES

Design by Nature has exercises developed throughout the book to support the concepts presented in each chapter and support student exploration and critical thinking. New exercises have been included in the teaching resources linked below.

TEACHING RESOURCES: SLIDESHOWS & NOTES

Concepts in Design by Nature are illustrated as pdf slides that can be presented as Keynote or Powerpoint discussions and include teaching notes, examples of student work and additional exercises. The educational resources are now available as a free download from Pearson Higher Education.

For Designers and Students

SHARE YOUR WORK ON FLICKR

Explore the concepts of Design by Nature, develop your critical thinking and critiquing skills, and connect with the international design community through your work based in nature’s principles, common to a worldwide audience.

Resources

ONLINE TOOLS & WEBSITES

External resource sites that I have found to be particularly useful for research, tools and exploration of ideas. This area will be developed as the site evolves.
GOLDEN PROPORTION
NATURE-BASED
NUMBERS
ETHICS
COLOR
TEXTURE, PATTERNS & BACKGROUNDS
Golden Proportion
PhiMatrix: Design and analysis software inspired by phi, the gol den ratio
GoldenNumber.net: An extensive resource for phi and the golde n proportion
Golden Ratio Calculator: A Mac-based widget for figu ring the golden ratio in column layouts
Nature-Based
Ask Nature: A resource of cross-pollination between biology and design. Developed by biologist Janine Benyus (who coined the word "biomimicry")
http://www.tolweb.org:The Tree of Life project is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts with more than 10,000 web pages
providing information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history.
Numbers
Math Behind Numbers: Fascinating site that shows the mathematics behind patterns as visual demos and as linear formulas 
Nature by Numbers: An excellent short animation by Cristóbal Vila that describes the Fibonacci sequence
Fibonacci Numbers: Text heavy, but good information about why the "golden section" is the best arrangement in nature
Ethics
Designers Accord: A global coalition of designers, educators, and business leaders working together to create positive environmental and social impact.
AIGA:(American Institute of Graphic Designers) Ethical design business practices manual (free) at
Icograda: (Int'l Council of Graphic Design Associations) Extensive resource site for designers including an online library containing papers on sustainability, practices, education and policy.
Sustainable Graphic Design Widget: Contains three sections (paper, print and more info) to provide basic environmental impact information on design methods and techniques.
Color
iPhone Palettes App: Create, grab and maintain color palettes. Limited free version/paid pro version.
Color System: In depth philosophy of color in art, science and culture. In English, Français and Deutsch.
Color Matters: Extensive site with a large variety of color related matters.
Pigments: Chemical components and how to make them.
Textures, Patterns & Backgrounds
NOAA: Art in Nature: Fabulous and free, low to hi res images from natural patterns.
DinPattern: Vector patterns, many for free, plus how-to's.
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