Schedule 2020


Week Monday Wednesday Friday
1 Jan 13 Syllabus, First assignments: Catme, blog, survey, then aesthetic, upcycle artifact Definitions of art Definitions of Aesthetics
2 Jan 20 No class, MLK day Aesthetics tour (lecture 04)

Syllabus agreement due in class. Slack signup and AesDes Perception Survey due at midnight.

Blog post 1 due: Aesthetic Explorations

Sketching exercise,

Aesthetics tour 3

3 Jan 27 Ideation and Design process


Design process sketches
Blog 2 due: Upcycle Inspiration
Upcycle presentation specs and presentation critique process
4 Feb 3

Guest lecture: Greg Whiting: The Aesthetics Game

Guest lecture: Hope Saska, CU Art Museum “20th Century Art, Science and Design”

Blog 3: Upcycle progress

Guest lecture: John Bacus “Why Sketch?” Homework sketching assignment.
5 Feb 10

Guest Lecture: John Bacus. Homework critique

Upcycle Presentations 1, attendance required

Blog 4: Upcycle final report

Contour Bias
6 Feb 17 : Upcycle Presentations, attendance required Upcycle Presentations 3

Blog 5: Main project inspirations: What Will It Be?

Supernormal Stimuli
7 Feb 24

Guest lecture (attendance required) Kate Goodman: Neuroscience of Learning



Blog 6: Main project aesthetics – plans and alternatives

20th Century Design Timeline 1
8 March 2

Timeline: Arts and Crafts,

And Sketching

Timeline: Gothic review, then Arts and Crafts.

Blog 7: What are your top 5 constraints? Aesthetics should be one of them.

Timeline: Aesthetic Movement and Art Nouveau

and sketching? Shade and Shadow

9 March 9

Design Review Presentations, attendance required

Design Review Presentations: attendance required

Blog 8: Design Review Report 1; detailed plans required. Show sketches, CAD if you have any. Be sure to describe your aesthetic and how your design expresses it.

No guest lecture. Regular; Bauhaus and Beyond, then CLIP
10 March 16

Design Review Presentations, attendance required

Design Review Presentations? If so, attendance required. Otherwise Timeline: Modern Movements

Blog 9: Design Review 2: Timeline and Logistics

Modern Design Movements


11 March 23 Break Break Break
12 March 30

Art Deco, Streamlining, Mid-Century Modern

Pop Art to Post- Modern

Sketching Cylinders

Blog 10: Favorite Youtube  design/build videos

Aesthetics Game Redux: Engagement with Timeline

UPD: Anthropomorphic effects,

13 April 6

Stuff and Color. UPD: Color physics and perception, White, Black and Red Effect

UPD: Geometric Aesthetics

Case Study: The Chair. The Eames lounge chair. The Ubiquitous Monoblock. Other current chair designs

Blog 11: Your Aesthetic Roots.

Current designers

Registration for Expo due?

14 April 13

Current Designers 2

Current Designers 3

Blog12: Construction update

Design award winners
15 April 20 Final Presentations to Pod, same pods as for design review. Attendance required. Post a video or link to video of your presentation attached to this week’s blog post.

Your artifact should be done. You can bring it to your pod presentation, or show a video of it.

Final Presentations to Pod, attendance required

Blog13 : Final Project Report Part 1: What and How. Overall description and photos, then details of what you have made: CAD drawings, fabrication description, costs vs budget, etc.

Atlas Expo is Thursday April 23, 4:30-6:30 pm.

No class, go to the Engineering Projects Expo 2-4:45, and/or the ITLL Engineering Design Expo
Saturday, April 25 | 10:30-12:30
16 April 27 Final Presentations to Pod, same pods as for design review. Attendance required Final Presentations to Pod. Attendance required. Last day of class.

Blog: Final Project Report Part 2: Why and What Next? Reflection on the semester. Compare your original project intent to what you ended up with. What did you learn from your project, and from the class? What will you do next with the project? What do you wish you had done differently?


17 SUNDAY May 3

Final show/party in the DLC Lobby, 7:30-10 pm during our scheduled final exam time. Bring your finished project to show off. Invite friends and family. Snacks provided.

‘Summing Up 2020’ post at midnight: Give a summary of your work for the semester, and provide links to all of your previous posts. This is the link/post to put in your resume and on your website, so show off what you’ve done!

Critiques of Final Reports I and II also due at midnight.

 Weds May 6

Final revisions due. You are welcome to update any posts from the semester, and submit any missed critiques/comments.

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