Emulate is a resource for designers to be introduced to biomimicry. Biomimicry is the process of finding inspiration from nature to develop design solutions. Through sharing knowledge, presenting resources, and fostering a creative community, Emulate hopes to create more sustainable, creative, and responsible design.
This project was completed as part of a Senior Thesis Exhibition at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MICA) that was on display April 2016. ​​​​​​​

An exhibit consisting of informational posters, a website, an example of a biomimicry starter kit, and postcards available to be taken home. 

A web platform that introduces the concept of biomimicry, a list of biomimetic project inspirations, and resources to continue developing the practice.

The company Qualcomm developed the display Mirasol that extends battery life and is visible in direct sunlight. Mirasol uses reflective plates instead of shining light which is similar to how butterflies achieve vivid colored wings without the use of energy draining pigment.
The company Qualcomm developed the display Mirasol that extends battery life and is visible in direct sunlight. Mirasol uses reflective plates instead of shining light which is similar to how butterflies achieve vivid colored wings without the use of energy draining pigment.
The robot, Abigaille-III, takes cues from the adhesive quality of gecko feet. Gecko feet have microscopic hairs that adhere to any surface using a natural atomic magnetic effect. Since glue and suction do not effectively work in space, Abigaille will be a revolution in space vessel maintenance and inspection.
The robot, Abigaille-III, takes cues from the adhesive quality of gecko feet. Gecko feet have microscopic hairs that adhere to any surface using a natural atomic magnetic effect. Since glue and suction do not effectively work in space, Abigaille will be a revolution in space vessel maintenance and inspection.
Antibacterial hospital devices have been developed by mimicking the structure of shark skin. Shark skin is made up of diamond shaped bumps that keep bacterial colonies from colonizing. Sharklet, a plastic material, utilizes a similar diamond texture to reduce the spread of bacterial infection.
Antibacterial hospital devices have been developed by mimicking the structure of shark skin. Shark skin is made up of diamond shaped bumps that keep bacterial colonies from colonizing. Sharklet, a plastic material, utilizes a similar diamond texture to reduce the spread of bacterial infection.
The Eastgate Center in Zimbabwe replaced the need for air conditioning and heating systems by using a system of vents similar to termite mounds. African termites manage to keep their mounds at a constant temperature by closing and opening vents throughout the day.
The Eastgate Center in Zimbabwe replaced the need for air conditioning and heating systems by using a system of vents similar to termite mounds. African termites manage to keep their mounds at a constant temperature by closing and opening vents throughout the day.
A system to increase Internet server efficiency was created by taking influence from be "waggle" dances. These dances communicate the location of nectar oases to the hive. A "dance floor" platform was developed where servers receive messages to temporarily help maintain user-heavy sites.
A system to increase Internet server efficiency was created by taking influence from be "waggle" dances. These dances communicate the location of nectar oases to the hive. A "dance floor" platform was developed where servers receive messages to temporarily help maintain user-heavy sites.
Nike designed the Air Terra Goat-tek hiking shoe to mimic the soft pads and jointed toe of mountain goats to increase traction.
Nike designed the Air Terra Goat-tek hiking shoe to mimic the soft pads and jointed toe of mountain goats to increase traction.
Scientists have created a propulsion powered underwater vehicle that works similarly to an octopus, filling up with water like a balloon and releasing it. The vehicle is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in one second,  which is unprecedented.
Scientists have created a propulsion powered underwater vehicle that works similarly to an octopus, filling up with water like a balloon and releasing it. The vehicle is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in one second, which is unprecedented.
The consulting firm IDEA took cues from how different shades of pink display the state of health of flamingos. The inspiration led IDEO to develop a color system to show the health of U.S. Green Building Council's chapters.
The consulting firm IDEA took cues from how different shades of pink display the state of health of flamingos. The inspiration led IDEO to develop a color system to show the health of U.S. Green Building Council's chapters.
The Eclover Ocean water bottle design took influence from the holed structure of algae, creating a stronger bottle while using less material.
The Eclover Ocean water bottle design took influence from the holed structure of algae, creating a stronger bottle while using less material.
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