In the Coexistence edition of Viewpoint Colour, we consider our place on the planet – and question why we consistently try to put ourselves first, dominating and damaging other species and the Earth itself. How can we establish a harmonious coexistence with the other myriad species within the biosphere? We are only just beginning to understand the amazing complexity and subtlety of the connections that link all forms of life.
Coexisting in harmony requires us to step aside from our self-appointed dominant position, realise we are just one species among many, and re-establish the respect for nature and deep connection with the natural world that still exist among Indigenous peoples.
In this issue, we pick up again on the positive inspiration towards biocentric design we offered in Viewpoint Colour 09, the Spirit of Nature issue. We highlight designers, creatives, writers, thinkers and activists who are encouraging us towards a new mindset and a new visualisation of how life on Earth could be. They emphasise the beauty and power of nature’s own patterns and systems and networks, which we should seek to support, rather than subvert or destroy.
Colour is part of that beauty, and for this edition we cement the fresh approach to colour forecasting that we have previously explored, moving away from fast-moving, trend-led changes towards a more considered, slower ethos that considers longevity and endurance, and a gradual evolution.
As we start to adjust to the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic, we can hope that some of the fresh appreciation of nature that the pandemic caused will stay with us as we look to the future. We hope you enjoy this edition of Viewpoint Colour, and find it inspiring and optimistic.