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

My Work

All Links

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up

Main Project Final Reports 2019

Final Report Part 1: Iron Punk

Main Project Report 1: Bauhaus Shelf

Final Report Part 2

Main Project Report Part 2: Auto Pet Feeder

Final Project Part 1: iPad Smart Mirror

Final Project Report (P1): Dehydrator

Final Project Report (P2): Dehydrator

Fiber Optic Clock: Final Report Part 2

SuperLounge Interactive Musical Chair: What and How

Radio Project Report – Part II

Final Part I

Final Project Report pt 1: Geometric Wall Art

Weekly Posts 2019

Final Stretch Posts: updates

Final Stretch Progress

Main Project Final Stretch Progress 2019: Auto Pet Feeder

Main Project Final Stretch

Final Stretch Progress: Iron Punk

Main project final stretch: wall clock

Main Project Final Stretch

Jae’s Main Project Final Stretch!

2 in 1 Desk Lamp Final Stretch

Final Stretch Progress: Wall Clock

ShutBox Final Stretch

Main Project Final Stretch: Dehydrator

Main Project Final Stretch

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Floating Faucet

Car Radio Project Timeline

Construction Timeline: Terrarium

Smart Mirror Construction Timeline

New Designs and Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Arcade Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Magnetic Makeup Organizer

Your Aesthetic compared to Major 20th Century Movements

Current Vs. 20th Century Design

20th Century Movements: Dehydrator

Comparison to 20th century Design movements

Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

Design Comparison: 20th Century Movements

Different Aesthetics for Final

Final Project Aesthetics vs 20th Century Designs

20th Century Design

Comparison to 20th Century Design: Fiber Optic Clock

Project Aesthetic Compared to 20th Century Designs

Streamlining to Post Modern

20th Century Aesthetics: Kinetic Sculpture

Main Project Critical Design Review

Design Review Guillotine Vegetable Chopper

Shut-Box CDR

Optical Fiber Clock Design Review Report

Design Review: String Art

Critical Design Presentation – Ultralight Tripod

Design Review Report

Design Review Report: Beer Tap Handle

Design Review Report: Metallic Shi-shi Odoshi Fountain

Design Review Report 2019

Design Review Progress – Dream Catcher

Design Review: Hidden Compartment Artwork

Design Review Report: Floating Faucet

Main Project Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: Kinetic Art

Final Project Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: Makeup Organizer

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: Sonic Chair

Top 5 Constraints: Infinite Mirror Clock

Top 5 Constraints: String Art

Main Project Inspirations and Explorations

Retro Futurism

Aesthetic Explorations 2019: Minimalism

Aesthetic Exploration – Simulated

Aesthetic Exploration: Calaveras

Dada – Art Against War

Organic Design

Aesthetics Exploration 2019: Pyramids of Giza

Aesthetic Exploration: Sports Bike

Aesthetic Exploration: Glitch

Aesthetic Explorations 2019: Aviation

Ibrahim Alhajji

Aesthetic Explorations: Football Helmets

Skills and Aspirations

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Personal Aspirations and Skills

Blog Post 4: Skills and Aspirations

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skill Sets & Personal Aspirations

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

Skill Sets & Personal Aspirations -Ibrahim Alhajji

Skill Sets and Personal Aspiration

Skill Set and Aspirations

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skills and Aspirations: Hussam Alzahrani

Skillsets and Personal Aspirations

Upcycle Project Final Reports

Upcycling: Design Process

Upcycle Final Report: Candle Holder

Upcycle Project: Cardboard Tap Handle

Upcycle Project: Sketchy Toothpick and Paper Lamp

Upcycle Final Report: Wine Rack

Upcycle Final Report: Monument

UpCycle Final Report: Power Line Insulator Lamp

Upycle Final Report: Pop-up LEGO Book

Coaster Collage

Draw-String T-Shirt

Upcycle Presentation

Upcycle Final Report: helmet

Upcycle Project Interim Posts

Upcycle Progress: Wall Mount Piece

Upcycle Progress/ Design Process

Upcycled Skyline

Up-cycle Progress: Jewelry from a mug

Up-Cycle Progress: Power Line Insulator Lamp

Upcycle Progress: Ideation & Materials

Upcycle Progress: Cork

Drawstring T-Shirt

Upcycle progress: Helmet Decoration

Up-cycle Project Progress : Paper Dress

Upcycle Process: Safety glove for cutting in kitchen

Upcycle Progress: Mechanical Countdown Calendar


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.