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

4

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. Rococo and Gothic Revival

Zoom recording, lecture notes

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

Topics: Arts and Crafts

Zoom recording, lecture notes

5 Feb 13

Topics: Arts and Crafts to Art Nouveau, cube sketching errors

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topics: Bauhaus to International Style.

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Rishab Rai on Leonardo da Vinci

Blog Post 3: Upcycle progress report.

Topics: International Style to Organic Design. Radical Design to Post-Modern. Critical Response Process. Upcycle presentation logistics.

Ankit Karkhanis on Glassblowing

Anna Lugthart on Central European Folk Ornamentation

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. Circles and ellipses

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Anil Karathra on Eduardo Kobra

Topics:

Classroom interview

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: Topics: Course feedback, student presentations, International Style.

Alex Kelling on Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topics: to Organic Design. Radical Design to Post-Modern Universal Principles of Design (UPD): Contour BiasUPD Supernormal Stimuli

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Perry Owens on Wes Anderson

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: Streamlining, Mid Century Modern and Pop Art

Reed Beidleman on Torgny Fjeldskaar (road bike design)

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topics: Radical Design to Postmodernism

Chris Griffin on Charles and Ray Eames

Rachel Jones on Marcello Gandini

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: Universal Principles of Design: Contour Bias, Aesthetic-Useability Effect.

Ethan Street on Stradivarius

Abhishek Raut on Gordon Murray

Zoom recording, lecture notes

10 March 20

Topics: Design Preview specifications. .Sketching circles and ellipses.

Chin-Hsuan Wang on Yoshimoto Nara

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topics: Magic Factor of 7. UPD: Color, Black and White Effects

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Post 8: Top 5 specifications, top 5 constraints

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

 Lecture notes , but no zoom recording.

11 March 27 Spring Break

 

Break

 

Break

 

12 April 3

Design Preview Presentations to your pod. 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

Zoom Recording, lecture notes

Topics: Color – Black, white, red effects. Color nomenclature.

Sketching, ellipses and shading

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Aryan Gandhi on Louis Kahn

Post  None! Work on your project.

Topics: Color – Pantone.

Cameron Sprenger on IM Pei

Shrey Solanki on Don Norman

Zoom recording, lecture notes

14 April 17

Topics:Geometric aesthetics

Abby Schefer on Eldy Lazaro Vasquez

Nate Olson on Jeremy Fish

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Topic: Final report and presentation specs

Will Harris on Teenage Engineering

Alexandr Vassilyev on Mike Burrows

Bekah Smith on Hajime Kinoko

Zoom recording, lecture notes

Post 10: Progress

Topic: The Chair – timeline

Colin Neeson on Theo Jansen

Roger Carter on Karim Rashid

Zoom recording, lecture notes

15 April 24

Topics: My favorite chairs

Alex Hernacki on teamLab

Pere Roquet on Antoni Gaudi

Peter Jakubczak on Aufrecht and Melcher

Zoom recording, lecture notes

 

Final Design Presentations to your pod.  Attendance is required.

 

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

Post 11: Final Report Part 1 –  What

No class. Instead, go to the Mech E Senior Projects Design Expo. Analyze the project aesthetics you see. Use the Critical Response process to give feedback.
16 May 1

Final Design Presentations to your pod. Attendance is required.

Last regular class meeting.

Final Design Presentations to your pod.  Attendance is required.

Post 12 : Final Report Part 2 – How

17 Final Exam Slot Weds May 10

AesDes Expo at the Idea Forge. Live showing of work. In person and zoom.
Invite family and friends! Excellent snacks will be provided.

Final revisions and any late work due at noon.1:30 – 4 pm

Optional Post 13: Portfolio

 

 

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