In designing the aesthetic for my main dynamic project, I considered a wide range of potential aesthetics. These included minimalism and the arts and crafts aesthetic. Although I have opted not to make use of these aesthetics in my final product, considering the form of my project under different aesthetics has improved my understanding of how I can integrate aesthetic form into my object while maintaining functionality.
When considering the minimalist aesthetic, I tried to reduce all components that were unnecessary to the design. Since the goal of the design was to appear like a blossoming lotus as it opens, and to protect the cards contained inside, I still needed a solid outer wall and petals. However, I was able to reduce the number of petals and hollow the inner petals without compromising these goals. Understanding that such simplifications are possible will help with potential time constraints on the final design.
When considering the arts and crafts aesthetic, I tried to add a sense of ornate detail and clear evidence of being hand made. I did this through adding shaping dents to the outside of the petals as well as ornate engravings to the inside. I also added a degree of asymmetry and uniqueness to each petal on the flower. This helped me to understand how I might decorate the petals in my final aesthetic without compromising the natural flower like form of the box.