My name is Michelle Fehler. I am a Biomimicry Professional, Systems thinker, Visual Communication Designer, and University Professor who is passionate about connecting designers to Nature’s fantastic strategies for more regenerative solutions.
I want to inspire designers to learn from nature and to help them implement many innately regenerative strategies into their work and life.
The focus of my research is on defining a life-centered design thinking methodology that allows the infusion of biomimicry and systems thinking into the traditional design thinking and human-centered design process. I started nahimsa to help designers tap into Biomimicry and systems thinking through fun and accessible tools.
As a Clinical Assistant Professor at The Design School at Arizona State University, I teach various multi-disciplinary design studios, lectures, and seminars to undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, I teach a practicum course as part of the Master’s Biomimicry Program at ASU.
As part of my research, I publish papers in peer-reviewed journals and present at various conferences. Some of the conferences I was invited to:
- World Usability Day
- AIGA Y-conference
- AIGA Phoenix Design Week
- Audubon society
- Liberty Wildlife
- Target HQ
- Renaissance Learning
- French Consulate in Houston
I also hold various workshops in-person and virtually to help infuse these approaches into existing workflows.
Talk at Target HQ
Talk at Y-Conference
During my off-work times, you can find me mostly outdoors, engaging in the following activities:
- Cooking healthy food
- Practicing Yoga
- Learning about Ayurveda
- Riding my bike
I do hope that this website and the tools inspire you to integrate nature’s strategies at the form, process, and systems level and that you have fun doing so.