Schedule 2020


Week Monday Wednesday Friday
1 Jan 13 Syllabus, First assignments: Catme, blog, survey, then aesthetic, upcycle artifact
Art history, aesthetics definitions
Upcycle examples.

Aesthetics Tour 1

2 Jan 20 No class, MLK day Aesthetics tour 2

Critique introduction

Syllabus agreement due in class. AesDes Perception Survey due at midnight.

Blog post 1 due: Aesthetic Explorations

Sketching exercise,

Aesthetics tour 3

CATME Team Building survey due

3 Jan 27 Design process, Design Loop graphics.


 Design process sketches
Blog 2 due: Upcycle progress

Meet your team

Upcycle update to team

4 Feb 3

Upcycle specs

Sketching: perspective and cubes.

Aesthetics Game

Blog 3: Upcycle Inspiration

 Universal Principles of Design (UPD): Contour Bias

Cubes in 2 point perspective.

5 Feb 10

Upcycle presentations, attendance required

Upcycle Presentations, attendance required

Blog 4: Upcycle final report

Guest lecture: Zack Jacobsen-Weaver

Attendance required

6 Feb 17 : Upcycle Presentations, attendance required Sketching and UPD: Supernormal Stimuli

Blog 5: Skill sets and personal aspirations

Demonstration of Rhino software by Andres Gruber
7 Feb 24



20th Century Design Timeline 1

Team time

Blog 6: Main project inspirations

20th Century Design Timeline 2: Arts and Crafts Movement.
8 March 2

Timeline: Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic Movement and Art Nouveau

And Sketching

Guest lecture: Adam Agee

Attendance required

Blog: What are your top 5 constraints? Aesthetics should be one of them.

Timeline: Bauhaus and Beyond

and sketching? Shade and Shadow

9 March 9

Design Review Presentations, attendance required

Design Review Presentations: attendance required

Blog: Design Review Report; synthesize posts into summary document

Timeline: Streamlining to Post Modern
10 March 16

Design Review Presentations, attendance required

Design Review Presentations, attendance required

Blog: What are your current project aesthetics compared to 20th Century design movements? Also, cast your project into 3 other wildly different aesthetics; illustrate with annotated sketches at least.

Aesthetics Game Redux: Engagement with Timeline


11 March 23 Break Break Break
12 March 30

UPD: Color physics and perception, White, Black and Red Effects

UPD: Anthropomorphic effects, Geometric Aesthetics including  symmetry, thirds, Fibonacci, Golden Ratio

Blog: Construction timeline

UPD: Geometric Aesthetics.
13 April 6

Case Study: The Chair. Furniture timeline. The Eames Lounge chair

Case Study: The Chair. The Eames lounge chair. The Ubiquitous Monoblock. Other current chair designs

Blog: Main Project Final Stretch Progress

Current designers: Philippe Starck, Ross Lovegrove, Karim Rachid, Yves Behar, Martha Stewart, Horacio Pagani

Registration for Expo due?

14 April 13

Current designers: Steve Jobs and Jonny Ives

Design award winners

Blog: None

Project/ Team Time. Prof. H available for consultations.
15 April 20 Final Presentations to Pod, same pods as for design review. Attendance required. Post a video or link to video of your presentation attached to this week’s blog post.

Your artifact should be done. You can bring it to your pod presentation, or show a video of it.

Final Presentations to Pod, attendance required

Blog: Final Project Report Part 1: What and How. Overall description and photos, then details of what you have made: CAD drawings, fabrication description, costs vs budget, etc.

Atlas Expo is Thursday April 25, 4:30-6:30 pm.

No class, go to the Engineering Projects Expo 2-4:45, and/or the

ITLL Engineering Design Expo
Saturday, April 27 | 10:30-12:30


16 April 27 Final Presentations to Pod, same pods as for design review. Attendance required Final Presentations to Pod. Attendance required. Last day of class.

Blog: Final Project Report Part 2: Why and What Next? Reflection on the semester. Compare your original project intent to what you ended up with. What did you learn from your project, and from the class? What will you do next with the project? What do you wish you had done differently?


17 SUNDAY May 3

Final show/party in the DLC Lobby, 7:30-10 pm during our scheduled final exam time. Bring your finished project to show off. Invite friends and family. Snacks provided.

‘Summing Up 2019’ post at midnight: Give a summary of your work for the semester, and provide links to all of your previous posts. This is the link/post to put in your resume and on your website, so show off what you’ve done!

Critiques of Final Reports I and II also due at midnight.

 Weds May 6

Final revisions due. You are welcome to update any posts from the semester, and submit any missed critiques/comments.

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