In solving for this design problem, we looked around us – to nature, technology, fashion, and notions of modern convenience. From its inception to its current form, Bushwaffle has undergone a multitude of changes, but the concepts behind these original inspirations remain embedded in the present form and are always in mind as the design process moves forward. How do organisms like ants, bees, and slime molds work together to achieve common goals, while remaining autonomous creatures? What kinds of things draw people together in a collaborative way, and what pushes them apart? What are the barriers to entry one faces when engaging in casual social situations? Borrowing from these inspirations, a new tool emerged – one that uses softness, bright color and a friendly shape to break down social barriers, so we can begin the process of creating more useful open space and building a richer community.