Student Work

Students in Aesthetics of Design will be posting here about their work all semester. Please read and comment.

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing It All Up

Summing Up

Summing up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

All Links

Main Project Final Reports 2019

Main Project Part 2: Snow Globe Terrarium

Final Project Post 2 – Tudor Style Lock Box

Final Project Report Part 2: Vortex Fountain

Final Project Part 1: Wall Clock

Chinese Garden Fountain: Why & What’s Next?

Final Project Report – Part 2

Final Report Part 1: Camping Light – Peilin Yang

Final Swords

Final Project Report Part 1: Kanshou and Bakuya

Final Report Part 2: Magnetic Makeup Organizer

Final Report Part 2: Smart Mirror

Final Part I

Final Report Part 1- Candle

Weekly Posts 2019

Final Stretch Posts: updates

Final Stretch: Lava Lamp Tap Handle

Final Stretch Progress

Final Progress: Kinetic Sculpture

Main Project Final Stretch

Final Stretch Progress: Iron Punk

Table Top Chinese Garden

Final Stretch: Smart Miror

Final Stretch for the Guillotine

Instrumental Chair Final Progress

Main Project Final Stretch

Main Project: Final Stretch Progress

Main Project Final Stretch: Hanging/Standing Planter

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Kinetic Motion

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Beer Tap Handle

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction timeline: Shadow Art

Construction Timeline: Iron Punk

Construction Timeline

Kinetic Sculpture Timeline

Construction timeline

Your Aesthetic compared to Major 20th Century Movements

Kanshou and Bakuya vs 20th Century Design Movements

Project Aesthetic Compared to 20th Century Designs

Comparison: 50s aesthetic to other fashions of the 20th century.

20th Century Design Aesthetics: Makeup Organizer

Current vs. 20th Century Design Movement

20th Century Aesthetics: String Art

Jae’s Current vs 20th century

20th Century Design Movements Comparison

Project Aesthetics Compared to the 20th Century: Smart Mirror

Current vs 20th Century Design Movement

Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

Main Project Critical Design Review

Design Review Report: Kinetic Sculpture

Design Review Report

Design Review Report

Design Review: Iron Punk

Design Review Report

Design Review: Dougong

Design Review: Amplifier

Design Review Report: Beer Tap Handle

Design Review: Sonic Chair

Design Review: Desktop Arcade

Optical Fiber Clock Design Review Report

Design Review: Chinese Garden Table Top Fountain

Main Project Top 5 Constraints

Final Project Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: Dehydrator

Top 5 Constraints

Shut-Box Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Kinetic Sculpture Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: Duplex Fish Tank

Top 5 Constraints: Tap Handle

Top 5 Constraints: String Art

Main Project Inspirations and Explorations

Aesthetic Exploration: A-frame Houses

Aesthetic explorations 2019

Ibrahim Alhajji

Aesthetic Exploration: Glitch

Aesthetic Exploration: Sports Bike

Aesthetic Exploration: The Third Eye

Retro Futurism

Aesthetic Exploration: Android Jones

Aesthetics Exploration 2019: Pyramids of Giza

Aesthetic Exploration: Snowboarding

Aesthetics Exploration: Calligraphy

Aesthetic Explorations 2019: Spooky Art

Skills and Aspirations

Personal Aspirations and Skills

Skill Set and Aspirations

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skills and Aspirations

Skills and Career Aspiration

Blog Post 4: Skills and Aspirations

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Jae’s Skill sets and personal aspirations

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations – Tyler

Blog 5: Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skill Sets and Aspirations

Skill Sets and Aspirations: Shalil Jain

Upcycle Project Final Reports

Upcycle Project : 50s Style Paper Dress Final Report

Upcycle Project: Flower/Spiral Lamp

Upcycle Report: “Light Box”

Upcycle Final Report

Upcycle Presentation

Upcycle Final Report: Countdown Desk Obstruction

Upcycle Presentation Post – Book Ends

Upcycle Final Report: Speakers

Upcycle Final Report: Cardboard Fire Pit

Upcycle Final Report

Upcycle Final Report: Drawer

Upcycle Final Report: Speaker Landscape

Upcycle Project Interim Posts

Upcycle Progress: Cardboard Lamp

Upcycle Progress- Pop-up Book

Upcycle Progress: Leftover Cardboard

Upcycle Progress: My Design Process

Upcycle Inspiration: Pennies

Upcycle progress/final report

Upcycle Progress: Layers

Upcycle Progress: Silverware Holder

Upcycle Progress: Miniature Landscape

Up-cycle Project

Upcycle Progress: Plastic Waste

Upcycle Inspiration: Spiral Staircase


Here we show examples of the intersection of engineering and art that have inspired us.

Product Design: 365 Knitting Clock makes time more tactile by making a scarf

Siren Elise Wilhelmsen is a Norwegian product designer based between Bergen and Berlin. She produces objects that challenge the concept of traditional functionality and transform natural materials into intricate mechanical objects. Through her practice she seeks to find ‘a conceptual way to stimulate ideas and discussions around our everyday objects, rituals and culture.’ Source: Product…
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Today’s Influential Designers

Unfortunately I cannot make it to class Wednesday to hear about today’s influential designers, but I thought I might share who’s work I find inspiring. I’d be interested to see who’s currently inspiring you too. I don’t find Martha Stewart terribly inspiring, but what other female designers are influencing product design? Marcel Wanders known…
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Chairs of China

Since we’re talking about chairs as the classic design case study, I thought you may enjoy my chair book featuring the chairs of China. Some are up-cycled, some are at end of their life, all are rad. Have a seat and enjoy:
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99% Invisible – A Podcast About Design

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a while now, and it has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. If you love podcasts, design, history, interesting stories, or just some strange amalgam of them all, then you’ll love 99% Invisible. Recommended Episodes: – Episode 110: Structural Integrity – Episode 114: Ten Thousand Years –…
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Military Surreal

Several students chose military hardware as upcycle source material, and made benign objects from it, like Ethan Gehring’s nutcracker from a grenade casing, Shen Shu’s toy cannon, and Chad Alvarez‘s string of shotgun shell lights.      Here is a full scale example from Kris Kuksi, a “post-industrial Rococco master”artist. Many layers of meaning here.  
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Beer can costume

Someone in class mentioned that they had a lot of soda cans that they were thinking of using for the Upcycle Assignment. Here is an example of upcycling that I can’t find the origin of, but it looks like a Brazilian Carnival troupe: I found it shared on Facebook.
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Rolling through the bay

Source: Rolling through the bay A wonderful example of upcycled outsider art. Scott Weaver created an elaborate sculpture of San Francisco, made entirely of toothpicks, around 100,000 of them. A ping pong ball rides on tracks through the sculpture, visiting sites of importance to the sculptor. I saw this at the American Visionary Museum in…
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Everything administrative. Syllabus, lecture notes, assignment requirements, schedule and more.


Final Assignments

Lecture Notes etc.