These are a collection of resources (YouTube videos, journal and news articles, books, and online tools) for bio-inspired design that I’ve come across over the years. Some are just great inspiration for successful bio-inspired design, others are tools that can help you better implement your own bio-inspiration! A lot of these resources are also covered in my Bio-Inspired Engineering Design class (Texas A&M MEEN 440/689).
- AskNature: Innovation Inspired By Nature
“Find biological strategies and inspired ideas relative to your innovation challenges, so you can emulate time-tested forms, processes, and systems.” Warning: these are primarily all biological strategies that have already been applied as bio-inspiration/biomimicry. It’s a great place to start but it can be a difficult place to find novel ideas.
“The Biomimicry Institute provides tools to develop sustainable solutions for a balanced ecosystem by empowering people to learn and apply nature-inspired strategies in design. We offer access to free online resources, design challenges where people learn by practicing, support for bringing solutions to market, and serve as a connective tissue for a global network of innovators.”
This resource is older (2010 last update) but it contains a scholarly paper index of biomimetic papers, a Biomimetic Technology Tree, and a glossary of common biological terms written from an engineering perspective.
The BBC runs this program that has a podcast series. The program includes podcasts and videos of cool bio-inspiration, both successful applied and potential new solutions.