What was your aesthetic, and how well did you achieve it?
For my final aesthetics project, I applied a 1990’s theme to a smart mirror. I was going for a sporadic and random vibe from this piece. The outside and inside edges of the triangle both fall on ellipses, so while it appears random there is a sense of order in this piece. The paint job also does a great job of adding to the aesthetic. I was trying to emulate the aesthetic applied by multiple TV shows in the 1990’s, and the paint job falls right in line with this
What did you learn from your project, and from the class?
I learned a lot from this project specifically, and even more from this class. In this class, I have learned to look at designs not just for their functionality, but for their aesthetic appeal. I have come to the realization through this class that a good design is almost useless if it isn’t aesthetically pleasing to look at. Designs shouldn’t just serve a purpose in someones life, but should leave them feeling some type of way. From this project, I learned a lot about laser cutting with wood, painting wood with acrylic paint, and installing Alexa onto a Raspberry Pi. This project allowed me to learn a lot of the technical skills that I can use on projects moving into the future.
What will you do next with the project?
I still need to figure out how I am going to hand this piece on my wall. I plan on going to Home Depot and purchasing adhesive picture frame hooks, and hanging it on a adhesive hook on my wall. Eventually I would like to make some kind of enclosure to hold the Raspberry Pi and Speaker, as it would look much better than it just sitting on my desk. I would eventually like to make another mirror this summer with a less crazy aesthetic, as I found the process of laser cutting mirror frames to be seamless and easy
What do you wish you had done differently?
On this project, I wish I had put more effort into how I was presenting the Raspberry Pi and Alexa. It would have been really cool to 3D print a 90’s theme enclosure to hold the Pi and speaker, which would have significantly added to my aesthetic. I had my hands full with manufacturing and integrating the mirror, which meant I did not have a lot of time left to figure out how to present the Pi