One day while visiting family I asked my 10 year-old nephew what he wanted to be when he grew up, assuming he would say a designer like his presumed favorite uncle --me. To my surprise, his two choices were to be either a rapper or a basketball player. Both answers gave me great pause.
If that's truly what he wanted to be I, of course, would be fully supportive, but it made me also wonder if his choices were dictated by the images he most often sees of people who look like him being celebrated, a rapper or a ball player.
It also made me wonder how many other kids, black or otherwise, were dreaming dreams about who they could be without knowing all the options they truly have to choose from. I realized that I needed to do more to show him all the amazing industries and fields of study I’ve been exposed to as a designer and provide him with more alternatives for his future. Enter Billy Biology
Billy Biology is my way of sharing all the incredible things organisms in Nature do, unbeknownst to most of us, that are mind-boggling, fascinating, and leading to radical breakthroughs in science, design, and technology thanks to Biomimicry.