Aesthetic Exploration: The Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore, Oceanview Boardwalk The New Jersey coastline is 130 miles long. The coast line features beautiful lighthouses, boardwalks, and oceanic life; however, when one thinks of the Jersey shore, they don’t think about the 130 miles [1] where the state meets the Atlantic Ocean. Instead, the Jersey shore has a much more urban and…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Minimalism

One of my personal favorite design aesthetics is minimalism. The minimalist movement begun in the 1950’s with artists such as Donald Judd and Tony Smith. Minimalist design can be identified by its simple nature. Only enough information is displayed for functionality or display of emotion, and nothing more. A classic example of minimalist art is on display currently…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Apple

Aesthetic Exploration: Aesthetics of Apple Sleek, sexy, contemporary design is the cornerstone of Apple.  From Macs to iphones, Apple has defined contemporary aesthetics for its products, making it the most valuable company in the world (www.finance.yahoo.com, “Can Apple Hold Its Place as World’s Most Valuable Company Again in 2017?” January 3, 2017).  Once a fledgling…
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Aesthetics Exploration: Tiny Homes

As someone who borders on the line of hoarder, I am mesmerized by the concept of tiny homes. Over the past decade, people have started to embrace the minimalistic lifestyle due to its low cost and environmental impact, as well as aesthetic appeal. Many tiny homes feature wood panelling and large windows giving them a seemingly open…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Santiago Calatrava Architecture

Santiago Calatrava is one of the worlds most revered modern architects. He has bold iconic and polarizing designs that span the globe and draw mixed opinions from all of those who encounter these designs. When looking at the designs themselves distinct features flow through the years of Calatrava architecture. White natural flowing shapes are something…
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Aesthetic Explorations: Pop-Cult Minimalism of Olly Moss

The sub-genre of pop-cult minimalism can be most easily traced to the emergence of Pop Art in the 1950s in England and America. Notable figures such as Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi pioneered pop art by taking culturally relevant imagery—often of a commercial nature such as advertisements or product designs—and putting a critical spin on…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Impossible Triangle

The impossible triangle, or Penrose Triangle is a shape that cannot be made by any 3 dimensional object in ordinary Euclidean Space. This style of artwork was first started by Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvard in 1934 and was later discovered independently by a psychiatrist Lionel Penrose and mathematician son in the 1950’s who famously described it as “Impossibility…
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Aesthetics Exploration – Thai Tattoo Culture

  The tattoo culture and unique aesthetic have a deep-rooted, religious history in Thailand. The practice of spiritual tattooing, as practiced by monks in Thailand, is a tradition that goes back to ancient times. Thailand is actually the only country to celebrate tattooing as an annual religious celebration. Each year, thousands of tattoo enthusiasts arrive…
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Aesthetics Exploration: Geometry as an Aesthetic

Patterns with distinct edges and shapes have been implemented by humans for centuries to use geometry as a form of expression. Studies of Palaeolithic cave art have revealed that even the earliest humans were fascinated by geometric patterns. Some of the earliest documented artistic examples came from the Geometric Art Period (circa 900-700 B.C.) in Ancient Greece.…
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Aesthetic Explorations: Theo Jansen and His Strandbeest

Theo Jansen, a dropout physicist become artist, has created his very own aesthetic. In 1980, Jansen began with 1500 combinations of 11 linkage sizes. Using a new technology at the time, a computer was utilized to dwindle the different configurations down to just one golden combination, the “eleven holy numbers”. These numbers allowed for the…
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Aesthetic Explorations: Vaporwave

I took a look at vaporwave, a musical and visual retro/90’s aesthetic that is both a reflection and criticism of consumerism. The word vaporwave stems from the word vaporware: computer software that is announced but never released. Vaporwave started as an Internet-only style arising from artists like Ariel Pink and James Ferraro. Both Macintosh Plus and Blank…
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Aesthetic Explorations: Fumito Ueda’s Video Games

As a video game lover, one game creator whose games I cherish is Fumito Ueda.  Ueda is the Director, Lead Designer, and Lead Animator of a game studio called Team Ico which has developed games over the last 20 years. Fumito Ueda Ueda’s games revolve around a relationship between the player and a computer controlled…
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Aesthetic Explorations: Retro-futurism

Although many of these visions seem almost comical now, the spirit in which they were created crystallizes the essence of how the future was described prior to the 1980s. There was a time in the past when the future was thought as a beautiful place of cooperation, peace, beauty and of course, convenience. But the…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Scandinavian Furniture

Scandinavian furniture is characterized by sleek, well-made, and minimalist design. The harsh weather conditions and large forestlands have influenced the designers to produce long lasting products that use wood as the main construction medium. The socialist political climate in Sweden has shaped a common design philosophy that everyone has the right to well designed objects…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Molecular Gastronomy

Molecular gastronomy is the study and science of the physical and chemical processes that occur during cooking. It is a modern style of cooking first used publicly by Nicholas Kurti and Herve This recently in 1988. Molecular gastronomy uses modern scientific techniques to obtain a world class style and aesthetics of cooking. It was also the…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Touch of Color

The aesthetic called a “touch of color” or “dash of color” has been used in still art, photography, and film for years. The aesthetic uses backdrops or settings that are substantially desaturated or even gray-scale with a single saturated element. It forces an instant response from audience to focus on the saturated element and uses the…
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Aesthetic Explorations: Baroque Composers

The aesthetic I have chosen to explore is that of Baroque musical composition, a period of European musicianship lasting from 1600 to 1750.  Well known within this period are composers such as Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751), Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), and George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) among…
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Aesthetic Exploration: The Wild West in “Westworld”

The “Wild West” includes the time period ranging from pre-Revolutionary America to the early 1900’s, but is most commonly coined between the Civil War (1865) and about 1912. In movies and shows, the setting is the American Frontier, or Southwestern United States. Today, this would be Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, and Nevada. The…
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Aesthetic Exploration- Art Deco Revival

Art Deco was an art movement that started in France during the 1920s. It influenced everything from jewelry to architecture. Art deco focused on repeating geometries, non-dimensional illustrations and liked incorporating things that had to do with the influx of modern era technology. Art Deco was a backlash against the WWI mindset of rationing and…
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Explore an Aesthetic: Psychedelic / Technologically Advanced EDM Stages

Electronic dance music stages have significantly evolved in design over the last several years from simple lighting setups, akin to what one would see in a standard theater production, to highly technologically advanced productions involving many moving lights and other elements on the stage. The effect is that the light shows displayed from psychedelically designed stages create a deeply…
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Aesthetics Explorations: The Hofmeister Kink

The Hofmeister Kink A Simple Twist https://charlesng.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/bmw-hofmeister-kink1.jpg The Hofmeister Kink is a design feature named after BMW’s chief designer Wilhelm Hofmeister during 1955 and 1970, where there is a “kink” on a car’s C-pillar or D-pillar. Wilhelm Hofmeister http://www.bmwism.com/designers/wilhelm_hofmeister.jpg The Hofmeister Kink has been on almost all BMW cars since 1960, with very few exceptions of some…
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