Designing for Bioinclusivity

Design processes have to explicitly acknowledge natural entities as potential participants of design processes.

Ecological Journaling
Notebooks and pens
Viewing growth over time

“How such multi- species relationships shape identities and lived experience within agricultural settings is an issue that sustainable HCI and food systems design research has, to date, ignored.”

— Frawley and Dyson

Bioinclusive ethical framework urges humans to view themselves as part of nature and rethink their perspective on their relationship with nature. Principle of Least Resistance states that a living entity avoids encountering resistance or chooses to counter resistance by using the least amount of energy as possible. This principle doesn’t apply to humans as much because we tend to disobey natural laws and use external energy from other natural entities and deplete resources.

If we start designing for non-humans to create alternative scenarios of enhancing the quality of life for humans, we will achieve sustainability faster than we are now.

Ecological Journaling

Ecological journaling offers an intimate perspective to study sustainability. It aims to have designers to gain a better understanding of this issue as they explore the consequences of design action or inaction relative to humanity, nature and culture. Designers are expected to a place that they identify as “nature” and keep a journal of what’s happening for three months.

Further Reading

Animal Personas

Jessica Frawley and Laurel Dyson

Acknowledging non-human stakeholders in designing for sustainable food systems.  

Surviving Progress

A film based on Ronald Wright's A Short History of Progress

Looks at how every design is an inorganic extension of ourself as we progress with the ill mindset of acting like “God”.

Bioinclusive Ethics

Emilija Veselova

Envisioning a less anthropocentric approach to design by looking at bioinclusive ethical frameworks.

Gaia Hypothesis


Proposes that living organisms interact with other inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a self-regulating, complex system that helps to maintain the conditions of life.

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