Student Work

Students in Aesthetics of Design will be posting here about their work all semester. Please read and comment.

Summing Up 2019

Summing up 2019 – Jae Lee

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Luke Collier Summing Up Aesthetics

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

Summing Up 2019

All Links

Main Project Final Reports 2019

Main Project Final Report Part 1: Smart Mirror

Final Report Part 2 – Why and What Next?

Radio Project Report – Part I

Final Report Part 2

Final Report: Kinetic Sculpture pt. 1

Final Report Part 1

Final Project: Final Report Part One(Self Watering Planter)

Final Report Part 1: Camping Light – Peilin Yang

Final Project Report Part 2:Why and What Next?

Final Report: Kinetic Sculpture pt. 2

Final Project: Final Report Part Two(Self Watering Planter)

Main Project Report 1: Bauhaus Shelf

Weekly Posts 2019

Final Stretch Posts: updates

Main Project Final Stretch: Dehydrator

Main Project Final Stretch

Final Strach Progress: Kanshou and Bakuya

Main Project Final Stretch Progress: Shadow Art

Main Project Final Stretch

Main Project Final Stretch

ShutBox Final Stretch

Main Project Final Stretch Progress

Fiber Optic Clock Final Stretch

Instrumental Chair Final Progress

Final Stretch for the Guillotine

Final Project Final Stretch: Infinity Mirror Clock

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: wall clock

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline: Dehydrator

Construction Timeline: Tabletop Garden

Magic Chair Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline Kanshou and Bakuya

New Designs and Construction Timeline

Kinetic Sculpture Timeline

Construction Timeline 2019

Project Construction

Your Aesthetic compared to Major 20th Century Movements

Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

Project Aesthetics Compared to 20th Century Aesthetics

Project Aesthetic Comparison

Current vs. 20th Century Design Movement

Current Vs. 20th Century Design

Project Aesthetics Compared to the 20th Century: Wall clock

Comparison to 20th century Design movements

Project Aesthetic Compared to 20th Century Designs

20th Century Design Movements Comparison

Current vs. 20th Century Design Movement

Different Aesthetics for Final

Kanshou and Bakuya vs 20th Century Design Movements

Main Project Critical Design Review

Design Review Guillotine Vegetable Chopper

Design Review: Dougong

Design Review: iPad Smart Mirror

Design Review: Star Wars Bass Amp

Design Review Report

Design Review Report

Kinetic Sculpture Design Review

Design Review Progress – Dream Catcher

Design Review Report: Infinite Mirror Clock

Optical Fiber Clock Design Review Report

Design Review Report: Metallic Shi-shi Odoshi Fountain

Design Review Report 2019

Main Project Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top Five Constraints

Project Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Final Project Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Final Project Constraints

Jae’s Top 5 constraints

5 Constraints

Top 5 Constraints

Top 5 constraints

Main Project Inspirations and Explorations

Aesthetic Exploration: Topology Optimized Designs

Aesthetic Exploration – Mosaics

Aesthetic Explorations 2019: Dieselpunk

Aesthetic explorations 2019

Aesthetic Exploration – Simulated

Aesthetic Exploration: The Third Eye

Rocky Mountain Underground

Aesthetic Exploration: Minimalism

Aesthetic Explorations – Biomimicry

Aesthetic Exploration: Product Design Sketches

Aesthetic Exploration: Snowboarding

Running through Time

Skills and Aspirations

Skill Set & Aspirations

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations – Tyler

What I can do and what I want to be able to do

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Personal Aspirations and Skills

Skill Sets & Personal Aspirations

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skill Sets and Aspirations: Shalil Jain

Skill Sets and Aspirations

Skill sets and personal aspirations 2019

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Skill Set and Aspirations

Upcycle Project Final Reports

Upcycle: Scrap Metal / Drawer Organizer

Upcycle Presentation

Upcycle Final Report

Upcycle Final Report: Monument

UpCycle Final Report: Power Line Insulator Lamp

Upcycle Final: Switch Panel

Upcycle Project: Cardboard Tap Handle

Coaster Collage

Upcycle Final Report: Wooden Cup

Upcycle: Kintsugi Final

Upcycle Final Report: Paintstick Mirror

Upcycle Final Report: Silverware Holder

Upcycle Project Interim Posts

UpCycle Inspiration/Progress

Up-cycle Progress: Jewelry from a mug

Upcycle Project – Colorado Flag

Upcycle Progress: Cardboard Fire Pit

Upcycle Progress: Silverware Holder

Up-cycle Project : Inspiration and Progress Report

Upcycle Progress / Design Process

Upcycled Skyline

Upcycle Progress: Fabric

Upcycle progress/final report

Upcycle Process: Safety glove for cutting in kitchen

Upcycle Inspiration: Spiral Staircase


Here we show examples of the intersection of engineering and art that have inspired us.

Product Design: 365 Knitting Clock makes time more tactile by making a scarf

Siren Elise Wilhelmsen is a Norwegian product designer based between Bergen and Berlin. She produces objects that challenge the concept of traditional functionality and transform natural materials into intricate mechanical objects. Through her practice she seeks to find ‘a conceptual way to stimulate ideas and discussions around our everyday objects, rituals and culture.’ Source: Product…
Read More

Today’s Influential Designers

Unfortunately I cannot make it to class Wednesday to hear about today’s influential designers, but I thought I might share who’s work I find inspiring. I’d be interested to see who’s currently inspiring you too. I don’t find Martha Stewart terribly inspiring, but what other female designers are influencing product design? Marcel Wanders known…
Read More

Chairs of China

Since we’re talking about chairs as the classic design case study, I thought you may enjoy my chair book featuring the chairs of China. Some are up-cycled, some are at end of their life, all are rad. Have a seat and enjoy:
Read More

99% Invisible – A Podcast About Design

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a while now, and it has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. If you love podcasts, design, history, interesting stories, or just some strange amalgam of them all, then you’ll love 99% Invisible. Recommended Episodes: – Episode 110: Structural Integrity – Episode 114: Ten Thousand Years –…
Read More

Military Surreal

Several students chose military hardware as upcycle source material, and made benign objects from it, like Ethan Gehring’s nutcracker from a grenade casing, Shen Shu’s toy cannon, and Chad Alvarez‘s string of shotgun shell lights.      Here is a full scale example from Kris Kuksi, a “post-industrial Rococco master”artist. Many layers of meaning here.  
Read More

Beer can costume

Someone in class mentioned that they had a lot of soda cans that they were thinking of using for the Upcycle Assignment. Here is an example of upcycling that I can’t find the origin of, but it looks like a Brazilian Carnival troupe: I found it shared on Facebook.
Read More

Rolling through the bay

Source: Rolling through the bay A wonderful example of upcycled outsider art. Scott Weaver created an elaborate sculpture of San Francisco, made entirely of toothpicks, around 100,000 of them. A ping pong ball rides on tracks through the sculpture, visiting sites of importance to the sculptor. I saw this at the American Visionary Museum in…
Read More


Everything administrative. Syllabus, lecture notes, assignment requirements, schedule and more.


Final Assignments

Lecture Notes etc.