Bio-Inspired Design: An Overview Investigating Open Questions from the Broader Field of Design-by-Analogy
Author(s)Fu, Katherine; Moreno, Diana; Yang, Maria; Wood, Kristin L.
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Bio-inspired design and the broader field of design-by-analogy have been the basis of numerous innovative designs throughout history; yet there remains much to be understood about these practices of design, their underlying cognitive mechanisms, and preferred ways in which to teach and support them. In this paper, we work to unify the broader design-by-analogy research literature with that of the bio-inspired design field, reviewing the current knowledge of designer cognition, the seminal supporting tools and methods for bio-inspired design, and postulating the future of bio-inspired design research from the larger design-by-analogy perspective. We examine seminal methods for supporting bio-inspired design, highlighting the areas well aligned with current findings in design-by-analogy cognition work and noting important areas for future research identified by the investigators responsible for these seminal tools and methods. Supplemental to the visions of these experts in bio-inspired design, we suggest additional projections for the future of the field, posing intriguing research questions to further unify the field of bio-inspired design with its broader resident field of design-by-analogy.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Journal of Mechanical Design
Fu, Katherine, Diana Moreno, Maria Yang, and Kristin L. Wood. “Bio-Inspired Design: An Overview Investigating Open Questions From the Broader Field of Design-by-Analogy.” Journal of Mechanical Design 136, no. 11 (October 8, 2014): 111102.
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