Bio-Inspired Design Resources: Videos

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).


“The world is poorly designed. But copying nature helps.” Vox (2017)

“What is Biomimicry?” Fast Company (2011) Speaker Janine Benyus

“Bio-Inspiration: Nature as Muse | KQED QUEST” KQED (2008)

“What Can a Humpback Whale Teach a Wind Turbine? | Think Like a Tree” WIRED (2015)

“The Promise of Biomimicry” Biomimicry Institute (2020)

“Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action” TED (2009)

“The Innovators Using Nature’s Design Principles to Create Green Tech” Bloomberg (2016)

“Natural Velcro” New Atlantis WILD (2015)

“Why Don’t Ants Get Stuck In Traffic?” It’s Okay To Be Smart PBS (2016)

“The bizarre physics of fire ants” Vox (2017)

“See How Termites Inspired a Building That Can Cool Itself | Decoder” National Geographic (2018)

“Why Does Everyone Hate Pigeons?” It’s Okay To Be Smart PBS (2016)

“Why Nature Loves Hexagons” It’s Okay To Be Smart PBS (2017)

“Rolling Salamanders & Caterpillars – Weird Nature – BBC animals” BBC Studios (2009)

“Feedback loops: How nature gets its rhythms – Anje-Margriet Neutel” TED-Ed (2014)

“Shellfish Inspire UC Berkeley Scientists To Develop A New Surgical Glue” KPIX CBS SF Bay Area (2016)

“Submarines learning from tiny jellyfish” Cosmos Magazine (2015)

“Dead stuff: The secret ingredient in our food chain – John C. Moore” TED-Ed (2014)

“Network Earth” Popular Science (2016)

“Mercedes-Benz “Chicken” MAGIC BODY CONTROL TV commercial” (2013)

“Kingfishers head remains still while body moves during its hunt for prey.” BBC (2018)

“BBC Home Making: Weaver Bird” BBC (2009)

“Sounds of Survival” bioGraphic (2018)