Summing Up 2019

Looking back on the course, I successfully completed the upcycle project and the main final project, learned a lot about aesthetics and their importance in every project, and picked up a few new skills along the way. I learned how to recognize and discuss different project aesthetics, how to effectively critique other colleague’s work, how to present my project designs to a person who has never seen them, and learned some new coding techniques. For the upcycle project, I decided to create an outdoor table for my apartment balcony out of used Keystone Ice beer cans. I used the cans as the four legs for the table and spray painted the Keystone Ice logo into a glass panel that I used for the table surface. I use this table regularly especially now that the weather is warmer. My upcycled beer can table can be seen in the image below.

Upcycle Project: Beer can table


For my final project, I decided to create a hand held smart mirror using an old iPad 2. I had to code what I wanted my smart mirror to display by using API keys and RSS feeds. I was able to make a project that had multiple functionalities, was within my budget and capabilities, and that I can now use on a regular basis. The iPad smart mirror sits on my desk at home and I can look at it  first thing every day to see the weather, time, and relevant sports news. I was really happy with my final product and it can be seen in the image below.

Main Final Project: iPad Smart Mirror


Links to all my previous design and blog posts are below.

Aesthetic Exploration: Snowboarding

Aesthetics Game: Novelty Architecture/Dog Leash and Collar

Skill Sets and Personal Aspirations

Upcycle Project:

Upcycle Progress: Beer Can Furniture

Upcycle Inspiration

Upcycle Final Report

Main Final Project:

Main Project Inspiration

Top 5 Constraints

Design Review: iPad Smart Mirror

Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

Construction Timeline

Main Project Final Stretch

Final Project Part 1: iPad Smart Mirror

Main Project Report Part 2: iPad Smart Mirror

Previous Post
Summing Up 2019
Next Post
Summing Up 2019

1 Comment. Leave new

  • Abdulaziz Alrashed
    May 7, 2019 4:10 am

    great job on your projects Tanner. we all have learned a lot on this course and i hope we get to use those skills in the future.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.