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 Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

My Work

Summing Up

Main Project Final Reports 2019

Final Report Part 1

Main Project Final Report Part 2 – Bauhaus Shelf

Final Project Report (P1): Dehydrator

Main Project Part 2: Snow Globe Terrarium

Main Project Report Part 1: Terrarium Snow Globe

Fiber Optic Clock: What and How

Final Report Part 2

Main Project Report Part 2: Shadow Art

SuperLounge Interactive Musical Chair: What and How

Main Project Final Report Part 1: Lava Lamp Tap Handle

Main Project Final Report Part 2: Dougong camping light

Disco Light – Final Project Report Part 1

Weekly Posts 2019

Final Stretch Posts: updates

Jae’s Main Project Final Stretch!

Radio Project Status – Final Stretch

Main Project Final Stretch

Final Stretch: Floating Faucet

Main Project Final Stretch Progress 2019: Auto Pet Feeder

Main Project Final Stretch

Main Project Final Stretch: Hanging/Standing Planter

Final Stretch: Lava Lamp Tap Handle

Final Stretch: Smart Miror

Smart Mirror Final Stretch

Final Stretch Progress: Light Cylinder

Main Project Final Stretch

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Project Timeline

Kinetic Sculpture Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

New Designs and Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Terrarium

Construction Timeline 2019

Construction Timeline: Light Sculpture

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Bauhaus Shelf

Your Aesthetic compared to Major 20th Century Movements

Comparison to 20th Century Design: Fiber Optic Clock

Project Aesthetics Compared to the 20th Century: Night Stand

Project Aesthetics Compared to 20th Century Aesthetics

20th Century Design Aesthetics: Shadow Art

Design Movements of the Interactive Chair

Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

Project Aesthetics Compared to 20th Century Designs: Kinetic Sculpture

Compare Final Project Aesthetic to Major Design Movements/Apply Different Aesthetics

20th Century Design

Project Aesthetics Compared to the 20th Century: Wall clock

20th Century Design Aesthetics and Project Pivot.

Project Aesthetics vs 20th Century Design

Main Project Critical Design Review

Design Review: Star Wars Bass Amp

Design Review: Desktop Arcade

Shut-Box CDR

Design Review Report: Kinetic Sculpture

Design Review Report

Design Review Report: Beer Tap Handle

Kinetic Sculpture Design Review

Design Review Report: Infinite Mirror Clock

Design Review Report: Wall Clock

Design Review Guillotine Vegetable Chopper

Design Review Report 2019

Fish Condo

Main Project Top 5 Constraints

5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: Smart mirror

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: Sonic Chair

Main Project – Top Five Kinetic Constraints

Final Project Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: Duplex Fish Tank

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: Amplifier

Main Project Inspirations and Explorations

Aesthetic Explorations 2019: Minimalism

Aesthetic Exploration: Steampunk

Aesthetic Explorations 2019: Aviation

Aesthetic Exploration 2019: Water-cooled PC

Aesthetic Exploration: Minimalism

Aesthetic Exploration: Snowboarding

Aesthetic exploration- Seal carving

Aesthetic Exploration 2019: Beer Tap Handles

C’est Normal

Aesthetics Exploration: Aesthetics of Modern-Day Music

Aesthetic Exploration: Soviet Propaganda

Aesthetic Exploration: Dress to Kill

Skills and Aspirations

Skillset and Goals

Personal Skill Sets


Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skill Sets and Aspirations: Shalil Jain

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skillsets and Personal Aspirations: Luke Collier

Skills and Aspirations

What I can do and what I want to be able to do

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations – Tyler

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skill Sets & Personal Aspirations

Upcycle Project Final Reports

Upcycle Final Report: Drawer

Upcycle Final Report: Paintstick Mirror

Upcycling Final Report

Upcycle Project : 50s Style Paper Dress Final Report

Upcycle Final Report: Wooden Cup

Upcycling: Design Process

Upcycle Final Report: Monument

Draw-String T-Shirt

Upcycle Final Report: Board Game

Upcycle Project Final Post

UpCycle Final Report: Power Line Insulator Lamp

Upcycle Final Report: Cardboard Fire Pit

Upcycle Project Interim Posts

Upcycle Progress: Tin Can Candle Holder

Upcycle Progress: Plastic Waste

Upcycle Project: Wooden Paintstick Mirror

Upcycle Project – Colorado Flag

Up-cycle Progress: Inspiration

Upcycle Progress: Ideation & Materials

Upcycle Progress: Mechanical Countdown Calendar

Upcycle Progress: Layers

Upcycle Progress: Cork

Upcycle Progress 2019

Upcycle Progress: Miniature Landscape

Upcycle Progress- Pop-up Book


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.