Design Review 2020 Part 1: What Will It Be?

Detailed plans for the Main Project, including the aesthetic to be expressed.

Design Review Part 1: Video Game Children’s Stories

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What is This? I wanted to make an animation that retold old children stories (like Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise), except with various video game characters in a soft, cute aesthetic. The animations would be less than 5 minutes per book, unless the book is exceptionally long. The entire animation process is based off of…

Design Review Part 1: Detailed Plans for Hedgehog Phone Case

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For the final project of this class, I’m creating a hedgehog phone case with minimalism style. I didn’t get to present in class, but here is the slides if anyone wants to check it out: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gyJf20X2NOQIr0quf0dYWkkVemHNb0aMCKH-BLIX3PU/edit?usp=sharing I had this super rough 3D model in the presentation, which I still need to refine. But the basic…

Design Review Part 1: Chicken Wire Sculpture

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During the fabrication process of the previous sculpture for my Upcycling project, I actually really enjoyed working with the chicken wire frame – both in terms of manipulating it into a form I desire, as well as the intricacy and detail a wire frame can offer. I also have a lot of leftover wire frame…

Design Review Part 1

Working on my project, I was able to come up with the frame and full list of bill of materials and measurements for my Disc Golf Cart. I decided to use T-joint extrusions (80/20) which is easy to assemble together. I first started out measuring my disc golf bag that I will be held by…

Main Project Design Review Part One:

For my main project I aimed to create a “Cardboard Grabber”. Basically I am aiming to extend my reach, increase the surface area of my “hand”, and to retain grip strength on objects. The device would serve in Halloween costumes such as Iron Man or re-decorated to look like Hulk Hands or monster claws. In…

Design Review Part 1 – Wooden Propeller

For my final project I am planning on making a propeller out of wood. I would like to make a propeller for my final project because I love all things aviation. Ever since I was young I have been fastened by flight. Some of my earliest memories are of planes; a majority of my toys…

Design Review Part 1: The What – Functional Wall Art

“THE WHAT”                The primary inspiration by my final project was actually my upcycling project (depicted below). I loved creating a wall art piece to be displayed in my families home as a gift to my mother, and drew from this experience to create an even better piece. I want this final project to be…

Design Review Part 1: Detailed Plans for the Desk Toy

For my final project, I am going to create a desk toy with a trinket of some sort that moves up and down. My vision for the project is to make something simple, yet still interesting to look at. I want it to express my interests outside of engineering. There are a number of materials…

Dynamic Storytelling Environment: Design Review 1

My original intent for this project was to develop a DM screen for collaborative storytelling games. Unfortunately, my design was largely dependent on access to the ITLL’s laser cutter and wood shop. Fortunately, there is a secondary project that I have been working on throughout the semester that incorporates a significant dynamic element and that…

Design Review Part 1 – night stand

 For my previous project, my inspirations began with an aesthetic I wanted, and then I used materials that were given to me.  It felt mildly disastrous, given that I hadn’t factored in any contingency plans, and the materials continuously acted differently than I had expected.  Due to so many surprises from the first project, I…

Design Review Part I – Steampunk Headphone Stand

Design Review Part 1 – “What” Inspiration and Existing Design – The main inspiration for this project was my aim to build a functional product matching my daily need. After identifying a specific need, I decided on building a headphone stand. For reference I searched for existing designs online, and discovered a common aspect in…

Design Review: Industrial Furniture

The vision for my project began pretty simply. I wanted to create something that I would keep and use down the road and not just something for this class that I will forget about after May. The use part was also important to me as I wanted it to be something that is used for…

Detailed Plans: Floral Automata

Aesthetic Inspiration I have drawn aesthetic inspiration specifically from the artist, Rebecca Louise Law, and the movie, Midsommar.  For Rebecca Louise Law, I plan to incorporate her ideas of falling flowers. I specifically like it when she uses flowers that have not dried out too much and are still very vibrant. I also like the…

Design Review 2020 Part 1: Electrical Guitar

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I. INTRODUCTION For the final project of the course MCEN 5228: Aesthetics of Design, I will be making an electrical guitar, or more specifically, making the body (figure 1) and reusing components of an old electrical guitar. It is dynamic in that it can be operated onto and it produces a reflecting sound through electrical…

Design review: reading table

My inspiration for this project comes primarily from the work of George Nakashima and the industrial chic aesthetic. George Nakashima is an american woodworker who chose to keep the live edges on the wood slabs he used to create his furniture believing that nature was the true artist. Much of Nakashima’s work has a modern…

Design Review pt1: Octopus Statue

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For the inspiration for my main project I looked to what my favorite things are. I wanted to really like what I’m creating since I’d be working on it for so long. That’s when I came to the octopus, I have always been fascinated by their tentacles, ability to camouflage, and ability to essentially shape…

Design Review 2020 Part 1: Water Clock

Water Clock Introduction The aesthetic I am going for For this project, I will be developing a clock/timer that is controlled by droplets of water. The idea here is to incorporate water and electronics and invoke that sense of uneasiness, yet also provide the calmness of falling water. The device will consist of a white or…

Design Review 2020 Part 1: Desk Lamp

Aesthetic Inspiration As explained in my previous posts, I decided to create something similar to the laser cut wooden desk lamp shown below as Figure 1. Figure 1. Futuristic desk lamp [1] creating a cascade design from laser cut wood  I would also like to add a metallic silver paint to the wooden panels that…

Design Review 1

I am making a wooden icosahedron  with an infinite LED illusion encapsulated within. I got this inspiration from Deep Light Labs version of a dodecahedron paired with lighting and music. The light show and object together offer a beautiful display of lighting and depth. Check it out if you have a second to spare, it…

Kawaii Mood Rings – Detailed Plans p.1 – What

My main project is a desktop toy that will consist of three independently rotating concentric rings, with each of the rings holding different elements, again playing up the Kawaii aesthetic. The outer and middle rings will have holders for mylar buttons, the outer ring having buttons of ~1” diameter, and the middle having 1.25” diameters.…

Design Review Part 1

I decided to make an acrylic sword that is inspired by this youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNKuYWfOlzI&t=135s For the design of my sword I decided to go with the Elucidator from the Anime, “Sword Art online”. I managed to find a photo of the sword below which actually has a template. The sword is to be laser…

Main Project Design Review Part 1: Folding Coffee Table

From the beginning I wanted to make something useful and aesthetically appealing. I am taking this opportunity to make a coffee table for myself that will stand at different heights and can be compressed to be put away. Originally, I wanted the coffee table to have four individual legs that bent inward. The table would…

Main Project: Design Review Part 1

My main project for this course will be modifying an old snowboard I have with LED lights that will change color with different motion of the snowboard. My inspiration for this project came from videos I have seen of other people adding LED lights to their gear for night skiing. All of the other versions…

Design Review Pt. 1 – Ocean River Table

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The above picture is where I am at today. This is my piece of wood sitting in the mold where the epoxy will be poured in.  I will get to this more later in this post, but I wanted you all to see it right away. So first I want to show you guys my…

Design Review Part 1: Dopamine Interactive Apparel

Inspirations For my main project this semester, I will be pursing wearable technology. For the functionality of the artifact I was first inspired by a collaboration with Levis and Google. Together, they designed a jacket for bicycle commuters that utilized conductive thread to recognize hand gestures. This meant you could control basic aspects of your…
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