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

Luke Collier Summing Up Aesthetics

My Work

Summing Up

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

All Links

Main Project Final Reports 2019

Final Report 1: Neon Dreamcatcher

Final Project pt 2 – 2 in 1 Lamp

Main Project Report Part 2: Kinetic Motion Sculpture

Final Report Part 2

Final Report Part 1: Infinity Mirror Clock

Main Project Report Part 1: Terrarium Snow Globe

Main Project Final Report 2: Lava Lamp Tap Handle

Final Report Part 1

Main Project Report 1: Bauhaus Shelf

Main Project Final Report Part 2 – Bauhaus Shelf

Final Project Report Part 1: String Art

Main Project Report Part 2: Shadow Art

Weekly Posts 2019

Final Stretch Posts: updates

Main Project Final Stretch

Final Stretch Progress: Light Cylinder

Main Project Final Stretch Progress: Shadow Art

Final Stretch Progress

Final Stretch Progress: Makeup Organizer

Main Project Final Stretch

Final Stretch: Floating Faucet

Main Project Final Stretch Progress

Final Stretch: Lava Lamp Tap Handle

Main Project Final Stretch

Smart Mirror Final Stretch

Final Progress: Kinetic Sculpture

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Floating Faucet

Construction Timeline: Magnetic Makeup Organizer

Arcade Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Project Construction

Construction Timeline: Infinity Mirror Clock

Construction Timeline: Iron Punk

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Bauhaus Shelf

Construction Timeline: Dehydrator

Construction Timeline

Your Aesthetic compared to Major 20th Century Movements

20th Century Design

Current vs. 20th Century Design Movement

Project Aesthetics Compared to 20th Century Designs: Beer Tap Handle

Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

20th Century Design Aesthetics: Makeup Organizer

20th Century Design Movements Comparison

Current Vs. 20th Century Design

Kanshou and Bakuya vs 20th Century Design Movements

Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

Jae’s Current vs 20th century

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

Project Aesthetics vs 20th Century Design

Main Project Critical Design Review

Main Project Design Review

Design Review Report

Design Review Report: Kinetic Sculpture

Critical Design Review

Kinetic Sculpture Design Review

Design Review Report: Infinite Mirror Clock

Design Review Report: Beer Tap Handle

Design Review Report

Design Review Report: Dehydrator

Design Review: Bauhaus Shelf

Optical Fiber Clock Design Review Report

Jae’s Design Review

Main Project Top 5 Constraints

Top Five Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Final Project Constraints

Final Project Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 constraints

Final Project Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: String Art

Top 5 Constraints: Smart mirror

Top 5 Constraints

Kinetic Sculpture Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: Duplex Fish Tank

Top 5 Constraints

Main Project Inspirations and Explorations

Aesthetic Explorations: Football Helmets

Aesthetic Exploration: Chiaroscuro

Sunn O))): From Amplifiers to Altars

Aesthetic Exploration: Snowboarding

Aesthetic Exploration 2019: Beer Tap Handles

Aesthetic explorations 2019

Dada – Art Against War

Aesthetic Exploration 2019: Water-cooled PC

C’est Normal

Aesthetic Exploration: Steampunk

Aesthetic Exploration: Minimalism

Aesthetic Exploration: Soviet Propaganda

Skills and Aspirations

Skill Sets & Personal Aspirations

Personal Skill Sets

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations – Tyler

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skill Set and Aspirations


Skill Set & Aspirations

Jae’s Skill sets and personal aspirations

Skill sets and personal aspirations 2019

Blog Post 4: Skills and Aspirations

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Upcycle Project Final Reports

Upcycle Final Report: Silverware Holder

Upcycle Presentation Post – Book Ends

Upcycle Project : 50s Style Paper Dress Final Report

Upcycling Final Report: LEGO Mosaic

Upcycle Final Report: Countdown Desk Obstruction

Upcycle Final: Switch Panel

Upcycle Final Report: Pennies

Upcycle Final Report: Fabric

Upcycle Final Report

Upcycle Final Report: Cardboard Fire Pit

Upcycle Project: Sketchy Toothpick and Paper Lamp

Upcycle Final Report – Ibrahim Alhajji

Upcycle Project Interim Posts

Upcycle Progress: Beer Can Furniture

Up-Cycle Progress: Power Line Insulator Lamp

Upcycle Progress: Cardboard Lamp

Upcycle Progress/ Design Process

Drawstring T-Shirt

Up-Cycle Progress: Book Ends

Upcycle Progress / Design Process

Up-cycle Progress: Inspiration

Upcycle Progress 2019

Upcycle Progress: Plastic Waste

Upcycling Paper Towel Cardboard Tubes

Upcycle Progress: Silverware Holder


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.