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Design to Renourish by Yvette Perullo, Eric Benson

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Chapter 2

THE HAWK, THE SQUIRREL, AND THE OAK TREE

WHAT IS SYSTEMS THINKING?

For a moment, try to remember your first semester in college. (It wasn’t that long ago, was it?) Think about the foundational art and design courses you took that term and the vocabulary your instructor covered in the first few weeks to help you better understand the worlds of art and design. Most likely you were introduced to the German word Gestalt meaning “the whole is more than the sum of its parts” or a “unified whole.” Understanding the concept of Gestalt is a good starting point to explore how to think in systems. When we discuss “systems” in this book, we are not necessarily referring to what you may have already understood as systems like letterforms in an ...

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