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

Summing up 2019

Summing up 2019 – Jae Lee

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 Presentation – Chinese Pagoda

Final Project: Final Report Part One(Self Watering Planter)

Final Project pt 2 – 2 in 1 Lamp

Final Project Report Part 1: String Art

Shen’s Final Project Report Part 2: Why and What Next?

Main Project Final Report Part 1: Lava Lamp Tap Handle

Final Project Report (P2): Dehydrator

Main Project Final Report Part 2: Shi-Shi Odoshi

Final Report Part 1: Infinity Mirror Clock

Final Project Report pt 1: Geometric Wall Art

Main Project Final Report Part 1: Shi-Shi Odoshi

Final Report 2 – String Art

Weekly Posts 2019

Final Stretch Posts: updates

Final Stretch: Smart Miror

Jae’s Main Project Final Stretch!

Main Project Final Stretch

Main Project Final Stretch: Self watering planter

Final Stretch: Lava Lamp Tap Handle

Main Project Final Stretch: Snow-globe Terrarium

Main Project Final Stretch Progress: Chinese Pagoda

Smart Mirror Final Stretch

Main Project Final Stretch

Main Project Final Stretch

Main Project: Final Stretch Progress

Final Stretch Progress: Wall Clock

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Beer Tap Handle

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline 2019

Project Construction

Construction Timeline: Light Sculpture

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Bauhaus Shelf

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Floating Faucet

Your Aesthetic compared to Major 20th Century Movements

20th Century Design

Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

20th Century Design Aesthetics: Makeup Organizer

20th Century Movements: Dehydrator

20th Century Design Aesthetics: Shadow Art

Project Aesthetics Compared to the 20th Century: Wall clock

Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

Project Aesthetic Compared to 20th Century Designs

20th Century Aesthetics: String Art

Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

Design Movement Comparison

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

Main Project Critical Design Review

Design Review: Dougong

Design Review Report: Wall Clock

Shut-Box CDR

Design Review: Iron Punk

Design Review Report: Candles

Main Project Critical Design Review: Kanshou and Bakuya

Design Review: Amplifier

Main Project Design Review

Design Review Report

Critical Design Review

Design Review: Hidden Compartment Artwork

Design Review Report

Main Project Top 5 Constraints

Project Constraints

5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Main Project – Top Five Kinetic Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints: Kinetic Art

Top 5 Constraints: Amplifier

Top 5 Constraints

Main Project Inspirations and Explorations

Ibrahim Alhajji

Aesthetic Explorations 2019: Craft Beer

Running through Time

Land Art

Aesthetics Exploration: Aesthetics of Modern-Day Music

Organic Design

Aesthetic Exploration – Simulated

Aesthetic Explorations: Football Helmets

Aesthetics Exploration 2019: Pyramids of Giza

Aesthetic Exploration: A-frame Houses

Dada – Art Against War

Aesthetic Exploration 2019: Water-cooled PC

Skills and Aspirations

Skill Set and Aspirations

Jae’s Skill sets and personal aspirations

Skills and Aspirations

Skills, Personal Aspirations

Blog 5: Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations


Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skill Sets & Personal Aspirations

Skill Sets & Personal Aspirations -Ibrahim Alhajji

Skills and Career Aspiration

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Upcycle Project Final Reports

Upcycle Project: Flower/Spiral Lamp

Upcycle Final Report: Speakers

Upcycle Final Report

Coaster Collage

Upcycle Final: Jewelry from a mug

Upcycle: Scrap Metal / Drawer Organizer

Upcycle progress/final report

Upcycle Presentation Post – Book Ends

Upycle Final Report: Pop-up LEGO Book

Upcycle Project Final Report: Baby Trainer

Upcycle Project: Cardboard Tap Handle

Upcycle Final Report: Paintstick Mirror

Upcycle Project Interim Posts

Up-Cycle Inspiration & Progress

Upcycle Progress: Tin Can Candle Holder

Up-cycle Project : Inspiration and Progress Report

Upcycle Progress: Cardboard Lamp

Upcycled Skyline

Upcycle Progress: Pennies

Up-Cycle Progress: Power Line Insulator Lamp

Upcycle Project: Zoetrope

Upcycle Progress: Layers

Upcycle Progress

Upcycle Process: Safety glove for cutting in kitchen

Upcycle Progress: Drawer


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.