2023

This will get more filled in and adjusted as time goes on. It’s still hard to predict how fast we’ll be going. Guest lectures will be inserted as soon as they are scheduled, and lecture content will move accordingly. Zoom recordings and lecture note links will go live within a day or so of the class.

Week Monday Wednesday Friday
1 Jan 16, no class Snow day! In person in Fleming 33.  Simultaneous Zoom link is in Canvas; same link for the whole semester.

Topics: Welcome, syllabus, initial assignments (login, survey, Upcycle Project etc)

Please read the syllabus and initial assignments documents. Print if you want a hard copy.

Zoom recording, lecture notes

2 Jan 23

Topic: Initial Assignments, Definition of art and aesthetics.

Zoom recording, lecture notes and B

Topic: More art theory. Aesthetics Tour 1

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Due: Syllabus agreement in Canvas

Topic: How to post.  Upcycle specs and resources.

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Due: CATME survey, workspace signup, AesDes.org login

3 Jan 30

Topics: Lab and Fab resources: ATLAS (Prof Zack Weaver). Shade and shadow intro.

 

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topics: Lab and Fab resources: ITLL (Rachael Sharpe).

Meet your team and pod. Team behaviors.

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Blog Post 1 due: Aesthetic Exploration

Topics: Idea Forge resources (Victoria Lanaghan). Critique 101: Critical Response Process.  20th Century Timeline intro.

Zoom recording Lecture notes

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Due every Sunday night: Blog critiques

Feb 6

Topics: sketching – intro to perspective and boxes, 20th Century Timeline. Gothic Revival movement.

Zoom recording, lecture notes, Nicolas Garzione on Jean Pierre Ugarte

Topics: Team time. Arts and Crafts movement. Cube errors and exercises.

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Blog Post 2: What is your Upcycling project aesthetic and why?

Topics: Arts and Crafts to Bauhaus.

Zoom recording, lecture notes

5 Feb 13

Topics: Streamlining, Mid-Century Modern and Pop Art. Cube shading

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topics: International Style to Organic Design. Circles and ellipses

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Blog Post 3: Upcycle progress report.

Topics: Radical Design to Post-Modern. Critical Response Process review. Upcycle presentation logistics.

Zoom recording, lecture notes

6 Feb 20

Due: Upcycle project!

Upcycle Presentations to your pod. Meet in your pod facilitator’s Zoom room, posted in Slack. Attendance is required.

Upcycle Presentations to your pod. Meet in your pod facilitator’s Zoom room, posted in Slack. Attendance is required.

Post 4: Upcycle Design Report

Upcycle Presentations to your pod. Meet in your pod facilitator’s Zoom room, posted in Slack. Attendance is required.
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Feb 27

Topics: Ideation – Brainstorming, linear techniques and intuitive techniques.

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topics:

Classroom interview

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Post 5:What designer do you admire?

Topics: Guest lecture 1

Jason McGrath, engineer, industrial designer and AesDes alum.

Attendance required

Zoom recording, lecture notes

8 March 6

Topics: Universal Principles of Design (UPD): Contour Bias

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topics: UPD Supernormal Stimuli

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Post 6: Main Project plans and inspirations

Guest Lecture 2

Kenny Wine, engineer, entrepreneur and AesDes alum

Attendance required

Zoom recording, lecture notes

 

9 March 13

Topics: Black and White effects, shadow in 2 point perspective views

 

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topics: Magic Factor of 7. Color.

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Post 7: Main Project Aesthetics: Plans and Alternatives. Sketch your project in two wildly different aesthetics than the one you are planning. What if….?

Topics: Finish Color, sketch horizontal and vertical cylinders.

Zoom recording, lecture notes

10 March 20

Topics: Anthropomorphic effects and geometric aesthetics

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topics: Design Preview specifications

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Post 8: Top 5 specifications, top 5 constraints

Topics: Aesthetics Game! You don’t want to miss this!

Zoom recording, lecture notes

11 March 27 Spring Break

 

Break

 

Break

 

12 April 3

Design Preview Presentations to your pod. Meet in your pod facilitator’s Zoom room, posted in Slack. Attendance is required.

Design Preview Presentations to your pod. Meet in your pod facilitator’s Zoom room, posted in Slack. Attendance is required.

Post 9: Design Preview Report

Design Preview Presentations to your pod. Meet in your pod facilitator’s Zoom room, posted in Slack. Attendance is required.
13 April 10

Guest Lecture 3

Zack Weaver, Atlas Instructor

Attendance required

Post 9:

Topics: Sketching, and start Case Study: The Chair

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Post 10: Aesthetics in your life.

Topics: Sketching material expression, then The Chair, Thonet to Breuer

Zoom recording, lecture notes

14 April 17

Topics: Sketching transparent materials, and The Chair from Aaltos to Eames to the ubiquitous Monobloc

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topic: The Chair – Ray and Charles Eames

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Post  None! Work on your project.

Topic: The Chair – Monobloc. Current designers: Steve Jobs

Zoom recording, lecture notes

15 April 24

Topics: Designers: Dorothy Draper and Steve Jobs

Zoom recording, lecture notes

 

Topics: Current Designers

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Due: your project! Fabrication should be complete. Documentation only from here on out.

Final Design Presentations to your pod. Meet in your pod facilitator’s Zoom room, posted in Slack. Attendance is required.
16 May 1

Final Design Presentations to your pod. Meet in your pod facilitator’s Zoom room, posted in Slack. Attendance is required.

Last regular class meeting.

Final Design Presentations to your pod. Meet in your pod facilitator’s Zoom room, posted in Slack. Attendance is required.

Post 11 : Main Project Final Report (both parts)

17 Final Exam Slot Weds May 10
Final revisions and any late work due at noon.1:30 – 4 pm
AesDes Expo. Live showing of work. In person and zoom.
Invite family and friends

 

 

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