Exploring Aircraft Influence Noah Verspohl

Since the Wright brothers first took flight aircraft have caught the public’s eye. In the beginning this was mainly because of the marvelous feet that these machines accomplished, but as time progressed the aircraft themselves began to get attention. In the era of World War II inventors like Howard Hughes revolutionized flight with the introduction…

Aesthetic Explorations – Chronograph

[1] Louis Monet’s 1816 Chronograph Chronograph is derived from the Greek words “Chronos” – the personification of time and “graph” – to write. The term is used to define a type of watches that differentiate themselves from others in terms of their functionality which typically is a combination of a stopwatch and a regular timekeeping…

Aesthetics Explorations 2020: Vintage

The “Vintage” aesthetic was formed from the modern recreation of the 70s-90s style. The vintage aesthetic can be illustrated through many different mediums such as fashion, photography and even furniture. It’s also an aesthetic with the purpose of showing individuality and uniqueness. [1] This image shows the style of fashion and photography that defines the…

Aesthetic Exploration 2020: High Fantasy

High fantasy is an aesthetic that can define many facets of media culture – but typically used as an aesthetic in fictional narratives. This post will highlight the more visual portion of the high fantasy aesthetic. High fantasy is a subgenre of general fantasy (which is fiction set in a fictional universe, typically in antiquity)…

Explore an Aesthetic – Phil Lewis

Artist – Phil Lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-red-rocks Artist – Phil Lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-jellyfish-nimbus Artist – Phil Lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-the-electric-fox Artist – Phil lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-the-flatirons Artist – Phil Lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-frequency-3 Artist – Phil Lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-the-winter-carnival   All of the artwork shown above is created by Phil lewis.  He creates these pieces using pen and paper in combination with digital design. …

Aesthetic Explorations 2020: Fire Aesthetic

The fire aesthetic is one which pertains or relates to the element of open flames or objects which are burning. Fire has always been revered for its many useful purposes as well as its raw power and destructive capabilities. Fire has been around since the beginning of time, and man has interacted with it ever…

Aesthetic Explorations: A Future of Neon and Chrome, Cyberpunk

Title Image: “Tears in The Rain” by Daniel Liang   “Cyberpunk” is a genre of science fiction that appears in books, movies, and even tabletop games in popular culture. It usually depicts a not-so-distant future for humanity wrought with powerful soulless corporations, questionable morals, and futuristic technologies like advanced cybernetics and artificial intelligence. Cyberpunk media…

Aesthetic Exploration: Steampunk

Steampunk is an aesthetic that stems from a sub-genre of science fiction that is based on the concept of what 19th century technology would look like if we had chosen steam power over electricity. The Victorian visual style features exposed gears and dials, and utilizes wood, glass, and metal (especially brass and bronze). Steampunk, as…

Polka dots and Yayoi Kusama

Polka dots, is the “a pattern consisting of an array of large filled circles of the same size.” according to Wikipedia. The polka dots pattern, despite being popular and widely recognized in today’s fashion. It hasn’t always been this way. In the old times “In Medieval Europe, the pattern was initially seen as very unpleasant,…

Aesthetic Exploration: Crust Punk

Crust punk is a sub-genre of punk music made with acoustic instruments including but not limited to guitar, banjo, mandolin, washboard, washtub bass, or whatever else you could realistically transport easily while being homeless. Crust punk generally relies on the idea of complete rejection and disillusion with modern opulence and rebellion against traditional values. The…

Aesthetic Explorations 2020 – Biomimicry

Biomimicry, or biomimetics, is the study and imitation of nature for the purpose of solving human problems.   The idea of biomimetics reaches all the way back to Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), who drew flying machines based off of the study of bats. The concept of biomimetics was developed in America in the 1950s, by Otto…

Aesthetic Exploration: Steampunk

Steampunk is a branch of science fiction of a futuristic reality that embodies heavy machinery and steam engines rather than advanced technology. The Steampunk aesthetic is rustic and calls to the tinkering individual who plays with gears and gadgets. It alludes to historical elements from the 19th century Victorian Era with retro-futuristic inventions. If our…

Aesthetic Exploration: Studio Ghibli Movies

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio that was created by Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki, Isao Takahata, and Yasuyoshi Tokuma in 1985. Some of their more notable films include My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo. Although each movie is different in terms of storyline, they all have themes within…

Aesthetic Exploration: Psychedelia

Psychedelia is defined as the music, culture, or art based on the experiences produced by psychedelic drugs. The first origin of psychedelics is unknown, although the use of plants such as peyote cacti and “magic mushrooms” have been a part of traditional religion and medicine for centuries due to their ability to promote physical and…

Explore an Aesthetic: Modernist Architecture

Many architecture styles have their defining characteristics and represent their respective historical time periods. For example, and most notably, the Victorian Era (in UK, US, Australia) occurred during mid to late 19th Century and saw the likes of “Dollhouse” buildings, or Romanesque Era (in Europe) which occurred in late 10th Century. Today’s architecture is mainly…

Aesthetic Exploration: Brutalism

          Brutalism is an architectural style, characterized by its imposing, geometric appearance. The functionality of the concrete and steel gave brutalist buildings a distinctly utilitarian feel that lent themselves well to institutional uses such as libraries, schools, and public housing [1]. Originating from a post-WWII world, in the 1950s, the brutalist…

Aesthetic Exploration: Voxels

Voxels are 3-dimensional ‘cubes’ of space, analogous to a 2D pixel. As a concept, voxels have existed since the 1990s and even earlier for medical and other applications where their use was important for efficiently mapping regions of 3D space. It’s only recently, however, that they’ve become used for aesthetic purposes. Voxel art uses simple…

Exploring the Aesthetic of Realism

The aesthetic of Realism began in the mid 19th century following the era of romanticizing the way real-life appeared. Realism attempts to depict life as it is, not inflating it to unrealistic levels or making it more beautiful than nature is naturally. This idea began with the artistic depiction of laborers working in the fields…

Aesthetic Exploration 2020: Oceanic

For my Aesthetic Exploration, I am focusing mainly on the “Oceanic Aesthetic”. This aesthetic conveys natural power and the contrast between the many shades of blues against the whites of the crashing crests of the waves. The visuals and themes can be centered around the calmness of the ocean surface, the power and rage of…

Aesthetic Exploration: Art Nouveau

The Art Nouveau movement was popular throughout Europe between 1890 and 1910 the name came from an art gallery called “La Maison de l’Art Nouveau which showed works in the Art Nouveau style. It is most often seen in architecture, interior design, posters, and illustrations. It was created to be free from aesthetics that dominated…

Aesthetic Explorations: Tessellations

A tessellation refers to the repeated use of geometric tiles to fill a larger space without any gaps. In this way, tessellations combine both artistic ideals and mathematical problem solving. Initially though, tessellations served a more decorative purpose, dating back all the way to 4000 BCE where Sumerians utilized them in patterned clay walls [1].…

Aesthetic Exploration 2020: Painting by the Numbers, an Aesthetic Exploration of Algorithmic Art

“A monument to Infinity” source: https://www.reddit.com/r/generative/comments/efyzuz/a_monument_to_infinity/ Algorithmic art, also known as Procedural art, describes art which is made with the help of an Algorithm. For our usage an algorithm is a finite series of well designed instructions. Algorithmic art is still a fuzzy concept, as the usage of “algorithms” in art can be very widely…

Aesthetic Exploration 2020: Retrofuturism

For my first aesthetic exploration, I have chosen to explore the Retrofuturism aesthetic. Building upon the concept of futurism, retrofuturism has the distinction of showing retro styling and perspective at odds with a futuristic depiction, especially regarding technology and machinery. Visually, retrofuturism eschews the blocky form in favor of curves and contours, often featuring vibrant…

Summing Up 2019

To sum up my time in this class, I was able to really hone in on my wood working skills, sketching ability, and ideation from start to finish on both of my projects. I created something very practical out of a random stump and something that looks awesome and is useful to me. My previous…

Summing up 2019 – Jae Lee

Interesting and exciting, but it was during engineering senior year. I had fun doing this class within the extreme schedule so I think I couldn’t show off my full potential during the final project, but I am satisfied with other projects. It was a great experience to think about aesthetics itself because we usually don’t…

Summing Up 2019

This semester has taught me a lot in terms of the different aesthetics that have arisen over the years and the different design methods to reach the perfect aesthetic for a project. I enjoyed, most of all, the projects we worked on that allowed us to take what we were learning and put it into…

Summing Up

UPCYCLE PROJECT – Design an object with recycled materials. I built a lampshade using mostly newspaper. Upcycle Inspiration/Progress Upcycle Final Post   MISC.  Skillset and Goals   FINAL PROJECT – Design an object with a clear aesthetic that is dynamic in one way or another. I built a puzzle lock box that has the aesthetic…

Summing Up 2019

This semester I created two pieces of art that I am proud to hang up in my room. One of them was a mirror with a paint stick background and the other was a wooden plaque with string art on the front. I really wanted to explore a different type of project than the ones…

Summing Up 2019

I designed and created two projects this semester. The first was an up-cycling project that utilized used or unwanted materials.  I loved the chance to breathe new life into something old and make it new again. For the project I designed and welded a balancing wine holder.  For my final project I wanted to design…

Summing Up 2019

This semester I created two artifacts. The first artifact I created was an up-cycled lamp. For this artifact I focused on the appearance and how to make common trash into a beautiful object someone would want to keep inside their home. I achieved this with a very floral aesthetic. The second object I created was…

Top 5 Constraints

The Top 5 constraints for my project will be: functionality and ease of use I want to make something that, while it will be aesthetically pleasing, is functional and usable as a camera tripod. I want it to be able to be used as a lightweight tripod for backpacking, camping and climbing. Also this means…

Summing Up

I learned a lot over the course of this semester about many different aesthetics, including how they can be created and what they convey when used in a design. I really enjoyed working on my final project where I had the chance to apply this knowledge to my own design. Here are all of my…

Summing Up

This semester I created two projects.  The first was jewelry made from an old, broken mug.  This project involved shaping and drilling pieces of the porcelain and incorporating the pieces with woven hemp and metal jewelry clamps/hooks.  The links to all of the posts regarding this project are below. Upcycle Final: Jewelry from a mug…

Summing Up 2019

The two projects we worked on for this class were the upcycling project and the final project. For the upcycling project, I chose to upcycle scrap steel and create bookends. The process helped me to combine multiple different skills that I learned throughout my years as a mechanical engineer. Some of these skills included metal…

Summing Up 2019

Summary of Work: This semester, I have learned a lot about different design techniques that helped shape up my definition of aesthetics. I got to improve my sketching abilities through my sketch notebook, and I learned a lot from the peers I have been working with. In the Upcycle project, I was given full freedom…

All Links

Final Project Report Part 2 Final Project Report Part 1: http://www.aesdes.org/2019/04/29/final-report-part-1-jaguar/ Main Project Final Stretch: http://www.aesdes.org/2019/04/10/main-project-final-stretch-3/ Construction Timeline: http://www.aesdes.org/2019/04/03/construction-timeline-10/ Project Aesthetics Compared to the 20th Century: http://www.aesdes.org/2019/03/18/project-aesthetics-compared-to-the-20th-century/ Design Review Report: http://www.aesdes.org/2019/03/14/design-review-report-3/ Top 5 Constraints: http://www.aesdes.org/2019/03/06/top-5-constraints-19/ Main Project Inspirations: Apple Watch Dock: http://www.aesdes.org/2019/02/27/main-project-inspiration-apple-watch-dock/ Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations – Tyler: http://www.aesdes.org/2019/02/20/skill-sets-and-personal-aspirations-tyler/ Coaster Collage: http://www.aesdes.org/2019/02/11/coaster-collage/ Upcycle Project…

Summing Up 2019

This semester has been a great experience. After this class, I am much more confident in my ability to apply aesthetics to the designs I make in the future. Not only do I have a better understanding of what aesthetics are, but I also have strengthened my ability to think critically about aesthetics and the…
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