Project Aesthetics Compared to 20th Century Designs: Rick Totem

For my main project, I am planning to use the psychedelic theme, modified to fit within the Rick and Morty themes created in the show. Please see my Design Review post for more information.

For this post I am exploring three other aesthetic options to use in my final project: steam punk, supernormal stimuli, and a minimalist theme.

Steam Punk

The first aesthetic alternative I considered is Steam Punk, which can be seen in the below sketch. This design features steam punk relics, such as large goggles, a gear-shaped belt buckle, and a steam punk-esque vest.


Supernormal Stimuili

The second aesthetic alternative I considered is supernormal stimuli. This effect was created by using large features, such as the eyes, mouth, hair, and hands. Thiese elements fit with the supernormal stimuli theme as they draw attention to these features particularly, and can elicit emotional effects based on their large relative size to the other features in the sketch.


The third aesthetic alternative I considered is the minimalist theme. While this sketch appears to be a dressed-down version of other sketches, it is in fact intended to show as little elements as needed to convey the same aesthetic message. The hair stands out in this sketch, highlighting that particular feature among the others. The other features in the sketch exists to provide a consistent outline of the model, and highlight the hair feature.

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  • Ryan Daniel
    April 5, 2017 9:58 pm

    I like the creativity you thought of to turn Rick into 3 different aesthetics! It’s cool to see how different the aesthetics are but in the end anybody could still identify the doll as Rick. I think the psychedelic aesthetic is definitely the way to go for the nature of this project.

  • Ridhvik Gopal
    March 23, 2017 1:22 am

    I like the way you have subtly highlighted each aspect of a design movement just with Rick’s face. The minimalist aesthetic with Rick’s hair as the subject really takes the cake! Kudos!

  • Avery Anderson
    March 22, 2017 9:18 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed watching your project develop from afar, and seeing all these different Ricks really shows the versatility of your project. You could even go as far as to make a couple different outfits for Rick and increase the reuse-ability for this totem assuring it will never go out of style. Awesome job!


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