Presentation Critiques

Presentation Critiques Our critique method is adapted from Lerman, Liz. Critical Response Process: A Method for Getting Useful Feedback on Anything You Make, from Dance to Dessert. EBook., 2002. Step…

Upcycle Project Specifications 2024

Due dates: Upcycle Artifact must be completed by 11 am Monday Feb 19. You are encouraged to revise and improve it later, but this is the version you must document…

Library Assistance

As you get into the world of art/aesthetics, a wonderful resource is our Art and Architecture Librarian, Alexander Watkins! His email is alexander.watkins@colorado.edu and if there is something that fascinates…

Is Aesthetics of Design Right For You?

Like all designs, the design of this course is still developing, so the content and structure may change somewhat as we go along. This course was originally designed for engineering…

Schedule 2024

2024 This will get adjusted as time goes on. It’s always hard to predict how fast we’ll be going. Guest lectures will be inserted as soon as they are scheduled,…

Sources for materials

Here is a list of places in Boulder where you can find inexpensive and/or recycled materials. I’m happy to update it if you have new information! Resource Central We accept…

Design Preview Report

I cut out the geenral shape of pieces that I needed to make sure I had enough fabric. I used sewing needles as sewing pins for the time being, since…

Post 8: Specifications and Restraints

For the specifications, I want my cushion to look like a giant tomato pin cushion, I want it to feel like a soft stool with a little give (not too…

Main Project Final Documentation Specifications

Due dates: In-person Pod presentation room request due Monday April 24. Your product (artifact, or whatever you have created) must be completed by 11 am Wednesday April 26 You are…

Design Preview Specs 2023

 Due dates Detailed plans for your artifact must be completed by noon April 3, the Monday after Spring Break You are encouraged to revise and improve them later, but this…

Main Project Plans

The idea that I want to pursue is a large floor pouf that looks like a giant tomato pin cushion. I have been playing with this idea in my head…

Upcycling Final

Disclaimer: As of this posting, this project is not done, as I hurt my wrist and had to slow down in order to prevent further injury, but I intend to…

Upcycle Progress Report

For this week I continued working on sketching out my plan and actually building some of the smaller, individual components. I realized that I was adding extra steps for myself…

Upcycling Project Update 1

The aesthetic I decided to pursue was Clowncore, which on the Aesthetics Wiki, is defined as “(also known as circuscore or clownpunk) surrounds things such as clowns, mimes, and jesters.” …

Test post

I’m testing comment appearance times.

Aesthetic Exploration: Magewave

The aesthetic I chose was magewave, a composite aesthetic that has taken years to develop, borrowing from many different themes, and solidifying itself into a truly unique aesthetic (that happens…

Upcyle Specifications 2023

 Due dates: Upcycle Artifact must be completed by 11 am Monday Feb 20. You are encouraged to revise and improve it later, but this is the version you must document…

Your first log-in and how to make a post

Hello, Instructions on your first log-in and making a post can be found in the PDF below. HowToMakeAPost If you find any mistakes/ have questions, please contact Eileen via Slack.

Initial Assignments 2023

Here is a list of assignments to get you started this semester. Start a design notebook. Carry it with you always. Continually doodle in it, sketch details of design that…

Schedule 2023

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…

Blog and Blog Comment/Critique Policies

A blog post will be due each week,  Wednesday at midnight. If Prof. H. has not set a specific topic, blog about your progress on the current project. In weeks…

Ice Cycle

Cyclist Replaces Tires With Sawmill Blades So He Can Ride on a Frozen Lake

Zotero Library Access

Here’s how to get access to our Zotero online library. Zotero is a citation management tool like Endnote, Mendeley, Bibme, Citation Machine, etc. . Here I’ll describe how to get…

Schedule 2021 Spring

2021 This will get more filled in and adjusted as time goes on. It’s still hard to predict how fast we’ll be going. Week Monday Wednesday Friday 1 Jan 11,…

Initial Assignments 2021

Start a design notebook. Carry it with you always. Continually doodle in it, sketch details of design that catch your eye, practice shading and rendering etc. Read the syllabus. Really.…

If You Just Enrolled

Please read the syllabus and the initial assignments.  You can get caught up reading the lecture notes and/or watching the recordings of the lectures; these are linked on the schedule.…

Welcome! Getting Ready for Spring 2021

Wow, it’s past time to update all this! Happy New Year! I want to welcome all students to the class this semester. This class can be as large as needed,…

Perfectly Useless Products

https://www.theuncomfortable.com/ Chindogu is in contrast to perfectly useless objects by artist Katerina Kamprani.

24 Spheres, then Case Study: the Chair

We looked at sketching spheres. Shading is the key. Then we did breakout rooms so folks could discuss their projects. Then we looked at the evolution of the modern chair,…

23 Anthropomorphic and Geometric Aesthetics

Today we finished up content from Universal Principles of Design. Anthropomorphic effects play in to our liking of human shapes, and geometric effects include our love of symmetry and the…

20 Aesthetics Game Critique

Today we critiqued the sketches from Friday’s Aesthetics Game, played with the major 20th century design movements. We also went over the schedule for the rest of the semester, and…

19 Aesthetics Game Redux Friday 4/3/20

Today we played the Aesthetics games using the major 20th Century design movements over Zoom. Students went into breakout rooms in groups of 3, and collaborated on object/aesthetic combinations on…

18 Pop Art to Present, plus cylinder sketching

Today we finished describing the major 20th century design movements, covering the 1960’s to present day post modernism. Then we sketched cylinders in perspective view, including shade and shadow. Lecture…

17 Modern Movements. Monday 3/30/20

Today was the second lecture on Zoom. It was better since I could broadcast from my office. We talked about revised due dates (finish your Design Review 1 and 2…

16 Bauhaus and Beyond, Zoom lecture 3/20/20

Had our first Zoom lecture today. A bit rough; upload speeds from my home are restricted, so in the future I’ll do them from my office. Next week is Spring…

Transition to Online Course

Hi Folks. Starting tomorrow Monday 3/16, we will be online. See the Slack #general channel for detailed instructions. Basically, those who still have to do their Design Review Presentations will…

Pod Facilitator/Leader Expectations

UPDATED for ONLINE 3/15/20 Pod Facilitators/Leaders are very much like session chairs at a scientific or professional conference, with a couple of additional responsibilities. Work with your pod members to…

14 Weds 3/4/20 Arts and Crafts 2

Today we did a quick review of Gothic styling (Mackey Auditorium), then finished sharing  Arts and Crafts product examples. Lecture Notes

Lecture 13, 3/2/2020: Arts and Crafts

Today we looked at the Arts and Crafts movement in a bit of detail. We did a knowledge construction exercise, where students presented examples of products in the Arts and…

09 Cubes and Contour Bias

Admin Sketching cubes Universal Principles of Design: Contour Bias Admin: Final (Exam) Expo will be Sunday May 3, 7:30-10 pm in the Idea Forge. Snacks, open to the public. Invite…

Pods for Presentations

Here are the pods for presentations. You’ll be in the same pod all semester, meeting in the same location on presentation days. I’m expecting the graduate students to volunteer as…

08 Upcycle Specs, 1,2, and 3 Point Perspectives

Today we went over the specifications and due dates for the Upcycle Project. We talked about the critique method we’ll be using for the presentations: Lerman, Liz. Critical Response Process:…