Three Essential Principles

- Natural systems as design process
In other words, processes within nature are intrinsic to the processes within design, as design is a manifestation of life and the human spirit.

- Complexity over simplicity
As we gain a greater scientific and holistic understanding of ourselves and our earthly and heavenly environment, we are drawn to the realization of the subtly complex and interconnected nature of ourselves and the universe around us.

- Context changes everything
The contextual and subjective relationships within the design process are as influential in the creation of the final solution as any pragmatism or logic.
In other words, form may follow function, but context changes everything.

Interconnected Relationships

These three principles of Organic Multiplicity do not exist as independent concepts; but rather, each principle is conditional and recursive to the other two. These relationships exist in a state of dynamic interconnectedness, which can be visualized as three overlapping spheres of influence. Alternatively, the relationship of each principle may also be considered as a concentric subset of the other two. The concentric model is most useful when considering context as a subset of complexity, which is a subset of natural systems. This relationship can also be understood as self as a subset of local conditions, within the backdrop of universal phenomena.


As it pertains to Organic Multiplicity, the process of design can be understood as defining a conceptual ecosystem within a given contextual landscape, which is defined by the complexity of local conditions, which exist within larger, universal systems. These relationships give a greater opportunity for relevancy and depth of expression than the simplicisticly limited statement of “form follows function.” With respect to the collaborative process of working with clients and vendors, the creation process can be thought of as “solution building.”

Significant Opportunities

In relation to the practice of design, the theory and methodology of Organic Multiplicity is a more holistic, contextual, and pluralistic way to engage in creative endeavor than what can be found in last-century Moderism or
Post-Structuralism/Deconstructivism. Organic Multiplicity attempts to bring greater understanding, connectivity, and relevance to the design process. But most importantly, Organic Multiplicity strives to give humankind the tools we shall need to overcome the challenges of our collective future.