Thoughtless Acts: Learn From Nature
< THINKING

Thoughtless Acts: Learn From Nature

Thoughtless Acts: Learn From Nature. The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
words:
Shuya Gong
visuals:
No items found.
read time:
published:
August
2018

Human-centered design requires us to observe human behavior with beginner's eyes, so that we can spot the innate ways people interact with the world around them. We call these intuitive and unconscious reactions Thoughtless Acts, and IDEO designers collect photos of them to inspire their work.

I discovered this tree on a sidewalk in Hong Kong; its roots had popped up in the outline of the concrete tiles simply because it was easier for them to grow that way. Nature grows in the path of least resistance, and as human beings, it takes us a little bit more trial and error to figure out what that might be. That's why the lesson of the tree is so useful: It simply adapted and reacted to the interruptions we built into its environment. It turns out, not all thoughtless acts are committed by humans.

No items found.
No items found.
Shuya Gong
IDEO Alum
Shuya Gong is a designer at IDEO CoLab's Cambridge studio. With a background in mechanical engineering, she has a penchant for whisking up product prototypes that showcase the potential for emergent technologies in our day to day lives.
No items found.

Subscribe to the IDEO newsletter

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.