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What do Design, Environment and Systems Thinking have to do with each other? Surprisingly, a lot!

UX Design and Ecology actually employ Systems Thinking, and of course Green Design is design that is conscious of Environmental impact.

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As I made more connections between Design, Systems Thinking and the Environment, I decided to make a Venn Diagram to illustrate the relationships, and I have listed definitions below.

Venn Diagram of Green Design
A creation, approach, convention, or plan that achieves a unique solution. Design is a diverse field and there is no universal language for all design, but there are similarities in many fields.
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Sustainable or Green Design
Design + Environment. Design that has a minimal impact on the environment. It is even better if the design somehow connects or brings people closer to nature.
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Systems Thinking
Sees relationships and interdependencies. Looks at what elements work with or against each other to make up a healthy or unhealthy system. Views everything holistically.
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This can be either a natural or human-constructed environment, and can refer to physical surroundings, social interaction, computer interface or knowledge environment.
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Ecology or Natural Systems Thinking
Environment + Systems Thinking. Simplistically, Ecology is the study of natural or environmental systems. Ecologists study relationships of living and natural non-living things to each other and what surrounds them.
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Integrative or UX Design
Design + Systems Thinking, Holistic design using a systems approach. In architecture, integrated design takes a “whole building approach.” In web design, all levels of a user's experience with a website or device are taken into consideration.
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This is what we get when we achieve or experience balance. It is what occurs when all parts of a system are getting what they need to thrive or work well.
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