Main Project Aesthetics: Plans and Alternatives – Max Palish

In my previous post, I described my planned aesthetic for the final project which will be wooden minimalism and outlines my initial thoughts of the final product. To reiterate I would like to create a simplistic, low profile lighting unit created from a hallowed out thick plank of wood. 

Example of wooden minimalism:


Below are two sketches of my final project in wildly different aesthetics followed by the design I plan to use.


Retrofuturism is an artistic and cultural movement that reimagines past visions of the future. It combines nostalgia for mid-20th-century aesthetics with futuristic concepts, exploring how earlier generations imagined how the future would look. Incorporating both sleek designs and space-age imagery, retrofuturism reflects an optimistic view of human progress and innovation. An example of this aesthetic you may already know is the old cartoon The Jetsons.”

Retro-futurism sketch of final project design.



Bauhaus was a pioneering art school and design movement founded in Germany in 1919 by architect Walter Gropius. It aimed to unify art, craft, and technology, focusing on the integration of design principles into everyday life. The Bauhaus emphasized simplicity, functionality, and the use of industrial materials. Bauhaus style is characterized by clean lines, geometric shapes, and a minimalist aesthetic. While the Bauhaus moment then led to the minimalism movement I wanted to test my light design out with the contrasting shapes and primary color use of this aesthetic instead of the simple wood tones and single shape designs of my current aethetic.


Bauhaus sketch of final project design.


Actual final design sketch:

Sketch of final project in wooden minimalist aesthetic.

Above is the design I expect to use in my final product of this class. I expect to buy a nice, thick piece of wood which I will then hallow out. After I will cut a cavity out of the side to place some sort of batter pack and then run a strip of LEDs through out the cavity. I will then cap the batter cavity, leaving a hole for access to the on/off switch and cover the bottom opening with an opaque plastic which will hopefully give the light a warm coloring.


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  • Jarod Ocampo
    March 6, 2024 5:11 pm

    Hi Max,

    Your proposed final project combines the elegance of wooden minimalism with functional lighting design, showcasing a harmonious blend of natural materials and modern functionality. By hollowing out a thick plank of wood and integrating LED lighting within, you achieve a seamless balance between simplicity and innovation, offering a visually striking yet practical lighting solution. The incorporation of a battery pack discreetly within the design further enhances its minimalist appeal while ensuring versatility in placement, providing both aesthetic value and practical functionality.

  • Michael Gray
    March 6, 2024 10:45 am

    Hi Max,
    I am impressed by the quality of your sketches! I hope to improve my sketching skills to recreate the quality that I see in your drawings.
    Why did you choose not to include a featured image? I think your post would really benefit from one.

    • Hi Michael, thank you for the kind words!! And to be honest I totally forgot to add the featured image but I will do it now!


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