“The Illusionist” Locket

  Final Locket with chain Thirty-Thousand Foot View: For my final project, I wanted to do an intricate wooded locket from the movie The Illusionist. In this movie, the locket twists from an oval or “pill” shape to a heart shape, then it swings open to reveal an opening for a picture. Project Presentation: Once…

Building a Barn Door

  I set out to create a rustic sliding door that would be utilized to divide the bathroom from the laundry area.  While the aesthetic was originally intended to be closer to shabby chic, the end result is something a bit more out of the ordinary.   Table of Contents: Barn Door Inspirations Preliminary Design…

Fiberoptic Jellyfish Links

Brittany Warly-Project Inspirations Fiber Optic Chandelier Design Review FiberOptic Chandelier- Five Project Constraints Brittany Warly project update Fiber-Optic Jellyfish Update Fiber Optic Jellyfish Update April 6 Update April 13th-Fiber Optic Jellyfish Final Report Main Project-Fiber Optic Jellyfish Fiber Optic Chandelier Final Post Reflections

Borderlands Inspired Information Display

Design The Borderlands Information Display is an attempt at pursuing a different, hands-on manufacturing method based on the aesthetic of the popular video game Borderlands. The aesthetic is focused on a futuristic but industrial visual where design features involve sharp, geometrical shapes in addition to the dirt and wear in an industrial setting. Table of…

Bladeless Fan Timeline

<strong>Description</strong> This project is part of an aesthetics of design course which required the final product to be dynamic in some sort of way. My inspirations for this design is from the Dyson bladeless fans. I was fascinated by the technology and wanted to implement it in my own project. The product was to be…

Backlit Panorama

Project Description The backlit panorama takes what would normally be a static piece of artwork, and turns it into something subtly dynamic. The foreground of the panorama depicts the Flatirons in Boulder, CO etched in wood, while the background represents the sky behind the Flatirons, changing color through the sunrise, daytime, and sunset cycles. Presentation…

A Living Room 3D Printer

3D printing has recently exploded as both an engineering technology and commercially-accessible tool, and I wanted to explore how I could make a custom-built 3D printer part of my home. Unfortunately, many DIY printers and kits tend to be messy collections of wires, motors, and metal, which would look out-of-place in many people’s homes (especially for folks without…

Spider Toy: April 13th Update

I have made a lot of progress this week by building the wind up toy’s skeleton, but there is still a lot more to do before the ITLL Design Expo (4/23/2016)! First I began the week by going to the ITLL machine shop to start the fabrication process of my wind up spider toy and…

The “Electric” Hourglass: Final Report pt.2

Why and What’s Next? Much of my intention for this class was to construct pieces which were art in themselves. While, the electric hourglass does not function to serve any purpose other than visual art, I believe it conjures an interesting aesthetic space. The design is far-fetched in nature but provides depth for further contemplation.…

The “Electric” Hourglass: Final Report pt.1

Introduction The intent of the “electric hourglass” is to create a new perspective on the age-old timepiece. Its initial concept was to construct a wood stand and hourglass section in which a lighting display would imitate the movement of sand. However, this scope was narrowed by the capability of available lighting options.  More idea were developed while thinking upon…

Fabrication Timeline

For my design, I will need to fabricate both a wood structure for my hourglass and a light installation to go inside. As of now, I am not settled on the details of my light installation so I will focus on fabricating the wood base. Taking inspiration from traditional hourglass forms, I want the wood…

Nixie Clock | Case Update

  Boom! A block of the finest Silver Maple- so fresh, it’s still kind of damp, and has wax sealed sides! This was an unexpected extra step; I definitely wasn’t planning on having to spend time drying out (“seasoning”) my wood. This block was purchased from an exotic woods dealer online. I picked this silver…

Nixie Clock | Electronics Update

Progress! After receiving all the parts, I spent 6 hours straight soldering. The board arrived blank, with a bag of components- all it took was some caffeine, and one late night! https://www.aesdes.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/IMG_2523.mp4 I’m really excited with how these turned out! While I was debating on a case at first, I’m really glad I decided to…

Nixie Clock | April 6th Budget Update

The Nixie clock is humming along!   I received my block of wood, but wasn’t able to make a lot of progress this week on the physical case- I hit an unexpected road block. It turns out, when you order exotic wood, it comes “partly seasoned”- aka, still wet!   This block has wax sealed…

20th Century Design Influences

My project is heavily inspired by 20th Century Design Influences. I really wanted to mimic this modern look:   Straight sides, sharp corners, constant finish- this is the goal of my nixie clock.   I was very inspired by a lot of furniture from this era. This is another piece I really like:   Simple…

Pre-Spring Break Aesthetics Game

Dang! Didn’t see this up, so I wanted to add it to the Aesthetics Game section. Ashley Zimmer, Dennis Can, Yusen Ji, and I had “Post Modern” and “Office trash receptacle. These are the two designs we came up with!   The right-side-up one is a curvey, three-piece set that nests together, and is made…

iPhone and Apple Watch charging dock: Part II

My project probably has the biggest difference from the beginning to the end. At the beginning I was planning on making a mirrorless rear view mirror for cars. However due to the natural difficulty of the concept and my tight schedule, I switched to a simpler and more practical project—the iPhone and Apple Watch charging…

Aesthetics of Design Timeline

Here listed is a rough timeline for the completion of my project and other posts: Week 1 (Jan 18) Research into different aesthetics. I found a particular interest in androgynous fashion Androgynous Week 2 (Jan 25) Experimenting with creating products with a given aesthetic with upcycled materials. Here I took function and applied an aesthetic…

Surreal Stirling Engine: Timeline

March 3 – Ordered parts (Glass syringes, alcohol lamp) March 11 – Parts arrived March 23 – First parts printed March 28 – Begin assembly April 4 – Initial testing April 8 – Whale sculpted April 15 – Helicopter rotor printed April 18 – Final tweaks and details added to the whale April 23 – Expo Here…

Final Report I: Concrete Details

I have completed my first custom bicycle frame. It’s a task I’ve been itching to do for year and this class and project was the perfect opportunity to pursue the experience with the support I needed. There were successes and lots of failures, but I have an end product, one that I intend to use.…

Ferrofluid Sculpture: Final Report part 2

Background and What’s To Come I chose to pursue this project because of my overwhelming fascination with ferrofluid. It is such a unique liquid that typically is used in automotive applications where normal oil will not hold. The magnetic attribute gives it an advantage in industrial applications, and a pleasing look. I wanted to take…

Ferrofluid Sculpture 4/13

I have spent the past week attempting to make the ferrofluid glass encasing completely sealed so the ferrofluid has no chance to leak (that would be bad). It has turned out to be a significantly more difficult process then i originally thought. The silicone sealant I am using requires at least 12 hours to cure,…

Ferrofluid Sculpture: Fabrication Timeline

Fortunately, my project does not involve too much machining. I will be able to get away with a few laser cuts and 3D printed parts. The only complicated fabrication piece will be cutting the glass encasing. Below is a layout of my current schedule for fabrication and assembly. 14 February – Acquire and test ferrofluid…

Bladeless Fan Timeline

Description This project is part of an aesthetics of design course which required the final product to be dynamic in some sort of way. My inspirations for this design is from the Dyson bladeless fans. I was fascinated by the technology and wanted to implement it in my own project. The product was to be…

Design Fabrication Timeline

The following is a layout of the schedule for my final project (Wind Chimes).   Week of: March 28: Order supplies from McMaster Carr and pick up supplies form McGuckins.  Also model the pieces in Solidworks.   April 4: Begin work in the machine shop, starting with the aluminum pipes.   April 11: Finish work…

Final Page

This project is a coffee brewer. It consists of a stand made from wood which holds a large jar that cold brews coffee. There is a valve to drain the coffee when it’s done brewing and there is a collection jar at the bottom. Below are links regarding the timeline of this project Inspiration Ideas…

Alcohol Stove Final Report Part 2

Why and What’s Next? I began this project with the intent to build a minimalist styled alcohol stove and for the most part I would say I achieved my goals. I started with the idea of making a stove that had a built in pot stand, variable temperature control and some sort of external fuel…

Alcohol Stove Final Report Part 1

Introduction I created an alcohol backpacking stove following a minimalist aesthetic. The stove uses denatured alcohol for fuel, features legs which function as a built in pot holder, and has a “simmer ring” to control temperature. Concept   The general concept of how this style of stove works is illustrated well by these two images.…

Update 4/13 – Thundercloud

This week I started building the cloud. Here is an image of some of the progress made. I am using a poster board as the main internal support for the cloud and the hardware needed to run it. I attached a layer of pillow stuffing to the poster board using spray adhesive and some embroidery…

Design Fabrication Timeline – Liz

Below is a simple timeline of the design fabrication for my cloud. The main milestones are purchasing all the materials, completing a functional prototype, and completing the final build. Week March 20 – 26 Purchase all materials Week March 27 – April 2 Prototyping Purchase new materials as needed Finalize design Week April 3 –…

20th Century Design Movement: Mysticism

While thinking of a design movement to report on, I wanted to choose one that reflected the aesthetic intent of my project. I had difficulty narrowing down the aesthetic of my project since it is meant to create a more personal experience than convey a certain aesthetic. However, if I had to decide upon a…

Final Report 2 Longboard

  The final product, as you can see, is a custom made longboard, optimized for cruising. Aesthetically, the board maintains a classic beach wood look with curvyness. This is both designed as a functional athletic piece of technology and as an art piece. Moving forward, this board will make its way to New York City/…

Macro Music Box – Project Update 4/13

The music box is coming along, in fact it’s fairly close except for final assembly. I realized I’ll need to mount each key to the octagon and then mount that entire structure to the base board. I could have chosen some alternate mounting method, though I wanted to keep the mounting hardware hidden, so that’s…

Coffee Brewer: The why

Overall this project is for a friend. This is my last year in college and he has been there for all 4 years of it, going through each up and down right alongside me. He’s the one who got me drinking 6 cups of coffee everyday, and someone who has left his mark in my…

Thundercloud Final Report Part 2

  Inspired by nature I tried to create a piece that accurately mimicked a thundercloud. Much like the organic design movement took inspiration from different aspects of nature. I think the results were successful. At expo, the light fixture was received well by the public! Many comments were made about how realistic the lightning flashes…

Bladeless Fan Final Report Part 2

Description Just as a brief recap to my project, I created a 3D printed bladeless fan. The design is inspired off of the Dyson fans, but on a smaller scale. My product was designed to be handheld, and portable. One of the major design aspects of my product is the removable head. I wanted the…

Project Report Part II

This past semester I really enjoyed building my aesthetics of design project. This was my first clock build, and if I have enough spare time in the future I think it’s a hobby that I could continue to pursue. My original project intent was to make a clock that was visually interesting and displayed the…

Barn Door Report – Part 2

The barn door likely would never have happened if not for this class.  In our day-to-day lives there are always things vying for our attention – classes, family, homework, housework, and work-work; not to mention all the things we do on the side to have a well-balanced fulfilling life: exercise, reading for fun, time with…

How Its Made: Desktop Radial Engine

My journey to building a desktop radial engine was a challenging one, but one I am very happy I completed. I went into this project with very limited machining skills and only classroom knowledge of design for manufacturability and assembly. I knew the aesthetic I wanted to achieve, but doing it through new mediums would…

The future of the Carboner

Final Project Report Continued: Why and What next? Reflection on the semester. Compare your original project intent to what you ended up with. How did the public react? What did you learn from your project, and from the class? What will you do next with the project? What do you wish you had done differently?…

Desktop Radial Engine: Reflection

Ultimately I was very happy with the result of my project. While it had its up and downs, as with any project of this magnitude, the end result was something I was truly proud of. I was able to get much more out of this project than I had initially expected and have found a…

Sand Frame: Final Project Report Part 2

I am really happy  with how my project turned out. Finally the long hours of prototyping payed off. I think people at the expo liked my project. I am glad I build a wooden frame to go around the glass it really made a difference. What it means? I thought of what this means  for a while…

Macro Music Box – What’s Next

Overall, I’m very satisfied how the project turned out, though if I were to do it again I’d definitely do a few things differently. First, I’ll focus on what I think was accomplished in the current version.     Functionality The music box plays, and even plays a tune, though not very loudly. I learned…

Borderlands Digital Display: Lessons Learned

The journey of designing and manufacturing this digital display was both frustrating and time consuming, but there were a lot of good lessons taken away despite the troubles. Wanting to pursue a cheaper option for manufacturing but also wanting to learn a new fabrication technique, I found tutorials online on how prop makers work their…

Desk Garden Final Report Part 2

The desk garden is currently a nice addition to my desk. I made it because I like plants and wanted to start keeping some. My desk is a little bare, so the desk garden livens it up. Originally, I thought I would use a square footprint and that the planter would have an overhead watering…

LED Orb Final Report Part 2

When I started this project I had a pretty good idea what I wanted my final product to look like and what kind of experience I wanted the viewers to have.  It’s supposed to be cool, fun, entrancing, and interactive.  At this point in the process I’m sad to say that the product is still…