For my current design, I plan on using a “contemporary Asian” aesthetic, which involves a lot of nice stained wood, with a hint of contrasting bamboo colored wood. I’ve started to notice that the shape of this aesthetic is very “sharp”, and does not have a lot of rounded edges. Corners are squared off, and the rectangular shape seems to be most dominant.
In exploring other aesthetics, I wanted to find a few that were totally different than the current, anticipated design, and so I found the following:
- Radical design
- High Tech/Matte
I considered the “organic design” aesthetic, but decided that it was too similar to contemporary Asian, sharing the woodgrain and elegant feel.
Below are various sketches that I believe portray various aesthetics of my design.
- Radical Design/Funky
These images above have a funky feel to them, feature bright and unique colors, and have non-traditional pieces to go along with them. This is an interesting aesthetic. My takeaway is that I can try using different (non-traditional) colors of wood, and maybe even stain them to achieve a custom color.
- The second aesthetic is streamlining. For a 2d object that is mostly stationary, this may be challenging. I want to acheive a rounded shape, similar to that of this aircraft and of an airfoil. I can visualize everything having an airfoil on it.
A common theme here is that most of these pieces and boards are rounded and look sleek. This isn’t exactly a look I want to achieve on my aesthetic.
- High Tech/Matte
For this last aesthetic, I found high tech/fancy marble/shiny items.
The common theme with all of these is that they are very shiny and glossy. My takeaway for my project is that I should have a little bit of shine to my parts, but nothing outrageous.
These crazy aesthetics are not exactly what I want to turn my project into, but here are the takeaways that I may be able to apply to my project to create a unique look and feel:
- Using different (non-traditional) colors of wood, and maybe even stain them to achieve a custom color.
- I should have a little bit of shine to my parts, but nothing outrageous.