Aesthetic Roots: Science and Math

I believe the way I think and the way I see the world comes from my experience with Science and Math. I want think that the world can be divided, simplified, and explained in a logical manner. This art piece that I made is an example of such my roots. The only necessary features I…

Top 5 Constraints: Desk Toy

Top 5 Constraints Size The size of the box is difficult to grasp. It cannot be to big, otherwise it’s purpose as a desk toy does not work. Plus an increase in size means an increase of resources.  AestheticThe specific Aesthetic theme is hard to nail down. The difficulty is how the top of the box…

Summing Up 2020

UpCycle Project summary: I chose an aesthetic and used recycled products to build something reminiscent of that aesthetic.  I started to make a sun-catcher out of recycled mirror and colored glass, but the project morphed into a candle holder/cover made from recycled Christmas ornaments.  Final Project summary: I took the opposite route of the UpCycle…

Summing Up 2020

When I started this class, I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect. To me, aesthetics was just how things look. As I progressed through each class, and worked on the two projects that we were assigned, I realized there was so much more to aesthetics than how something looked. It was about how it was…

Summing up Aesthetics of Design 2020

Hi there! Here’s a consolidation of my work throughout the course Aesthetics of Design, taken during the 2020 Spring semester at CU Boulder, taught by Professor Hertzberg. Upcycling Project: Create an artifact that conforms to an aesthetic, either the aesthetic you researched, or one that someone else in class posted about. Upcycle means that your…

Summing Up 2020

  What a roller coaster of a semester! This class definitely took me out of my comfort zone as I am not normally one who has a knack for artistic ability. I learned that the word aesthetic has actually a vastly deeper meaning than just “what looks good”. My final project was the cardboard grabber,…

Final Project Report: The Stirling Motor

Inspiration My initial inspiration came from when professor Hertzberg spoke about the final project and said that it needed to have a dynamic component. When I was a student in Heat Transfer Professor Knutson always mentioned and showed the class these little machines that operated off of a small heat differential called a stirling motor.…

Summing Up 2020: Aesthetics of Design

Featured Image credit: Artist Shigeru Miyamoto: https://www.polygon.com/nintendo/2019/10/5/20900178/kirby-character-name-nintendo-lawyer-john-kirby-obituary This post serves as an anthology of my work for the course Aesthetics of Design, taken in the Spring of 2020 at CU Boulder, under Professor Hertzberg. Upcycling Project Description: “Create an artifact that conforms to an aesthetic, either the aesthetic you researched, or one that someone else…

Final Report 2 – Indietronic EP

Everything was recorded/midi mapped in Ableton Live 10.  All drum sounds were royalty free, one-shot drum samples from the sampling service “Noiiz.”  Anything external was recorded with a Sennheiser MD 421 microphone and all the guitar was played on an Ibanez Stratocaster copy from 1983 or so, run through a Marshall tube amp.  All live…

Summing Up 2020

It certainly was an eventful semester. I learned a ton about how aesthetics influences our everyday lives. Additionally, this course showed me the societal divide between the arts and engineering, and I made my best effort over the semester to bridge the gap and incorporate both artistry and engineering within my projects. In future personal…

Summing up 2020: Jackson Hootman

My final project for the Aesthetic of Design course was entitled COVID Apparel. This project consisted of making dynamic clothing to encourage social distancing by flashing addressable LEDs red when contact is detected. All posts relating to this project can be found below: Project inspirations: http://www.aesdes.org/2020/02/19/main-project-inspirations-wearable-technologies/ Project aesthetics: http://www.aesdes.org/2020/02/26/main-project-aesthetic-flat-design/ Project constraints: http://www.aesdes.org/2020/03/04/main-project-top-5-constraints-6/ Project design review…

Final Project Report: Part 2

Timeline My timeline for this project was similar to as initially planned but varied due to circumstances involving the Covid-19 quarantine – my adjusted timeline is pictured below: Due to the displacement from campus, I lost about a week of time to work on the prototyping of the initial sculpture designs initially, which pushed my…

Final Report Part 2: Desk Toy

The fabrication process for my final project was fairly simple, and I was able to complete most of it over spring break. Since I was staying at my parent’s house for the week, I was able to use their tools in the fabrication process. The pieces that required specific manufacturing were the wooden base, and…

Final Project Part 2: COVID Apparel

Timeline As an overview, my project (COVID Apparel) involved developing interactive apparel that encourages social distancing during the COVID-19. The project timeline went largely as expected. The only noticeable changes were larger shipping times for electrical parts. COVID Apparel timeline The week of the Design Review will (3/09 – 3/15) was designated for ordering prototyping…

Final Project Part Two: Cardboard Grabber

http://www.aesdes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/zoom_0-1.mp4 Video 1. Final Presentation to Pod   My design process went through stages of change, with two large pivot points resulting from campus closures and lack of available materials and facilities. In  the beginning the arm was meant to be created out of multiple kinds of cardboard, paints for aesthetic design, and super-adhesives in…

Final Project Part 2: Octopus Statue

Timeline: My design process went through three major changes which ended up changing the project significantly. First I had to find what object I wanted to create and then what aesthetic I would fit with it. I settled on a Octopus Statue with the wooden sculpture aesthetic. In my first ideation process I was going…

Summing Up 2020

This semester I learned about the value of aesthetics. A properly expressed aesthetic gives the artwork, object, film, book, etc. a tone of it’s own. While being predominantly interested in the steampunk aesthetic at the beginning of the semester, I learned to explore other forms and contexts through my own projects and those of my…

Aesthetic Roots

[1] Craftsman Style Home  While I was raised in Colorado, my aesthetic roots don’t fall within the Craftsman aesthetic (a common aesthetic for Colorado). Rather, I was exposed to Scandinavian design at a young age as it was something that my parents always touted as the best design. My uncle’s house was actually the biggest…

Final Project Part 2 : Tripod Chair

Introduction As COVID-19 continued to spread forcing the campus to close, I grew more worried about how I would complete my project. Thankfully, however, I was able to fully fabricate it with the use of my Dad’s tools at home. There’s no doubt the final product would’ve turned out better had I had access to…

Top 5 Constraints: Tripod Chair

My top 5 constraints for my project will be: Aesthetics: A tripod chair can vary from looks and fit into many different aesthetics. For my project however, I want to limit the design to a very simple and rugged look and fit into an aesthetic that suits that look. Size: I need to make sure that the…

LED Snowboard – Final Report 2

After the COVID-19 restrictions my next step was to reassess my capabilities of finishing this project. I had already acquired the Arduino I needed to get the motion sensor working and was beginning the code, however due to delays the accelerometer needed to make the motion sensor work was delayed in shipping so I was…

Final Project p.1 – What and How

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

Final Project Report: Part 1

My final project took  a lot of inspiration from my previous Upcycling project and the chicken wire frame I had used – I enjoyed the usage of the material both in terms of manipulating it into a form I desire, as well as the intricacy and detail a wire frame can offer. Moreover, with a…

Final Report Part 1: Cardboard Grabber

Introduction This post I will discuss about my original plans to pivot once the it became clear during the COVID closures that my project would not be able to be completed to fit my vision that I set out in the previous weeks. I had planned to design a 3D, wearable arm that went from…
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