Modern Designer: Tim Cook

Timothy Donald Cook aka Tim Cook is a creative genius whom I follow and admire. He may not be a conventional designer of products but as a visionary in technology and an operation and manufacturing problem solver, a “Designer” tag on him can be justified. As per the biography of Tim cook: The genius who…
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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 access to our group library “AesDes” where you can find references for the readings for our class as well as other texts, papers and websites…
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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, no class No class We’ll meet over Zoom from 11:30 to 12:20 MST. Link is in Canvas and Slack. Topics: Welcome, syllabus, first assignments (copyright,…
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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. Upload signed agreement (last page) in Canvas by midnight Wednesday January 20. Complete the AesDes Perception Survey by midnight Friday January 22! You will receive…
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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. Then send an email to Behruz, our TA, and ask him to set you up with Slack workspace access and a login to AesDes.org. Send…
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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 do them in Zoom this Monday and Wednesday at our usual class meeting time. Your pod facilitator will issue the Zoom meeting invitation in your…
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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 decide who will present in which order. You can just ask for volunteers, or set a schedule in advance, or some variant. Log in to…
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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 your friends and family. Great projects, and informative reports. However NO CREDIT WITHOUT FEATURED IMAGE. Use Worktrade to get help, or see me or Behruz…
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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 facilitators for two or three of the presentation days (we have a total of 10 presentation days this semester, and 4 grad students per pod).…
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04 Aesthetics Tour

Today we practiced drawing circles, then started the Aesthetics Tour, discussing the aesthetics of Tim Burton’s work, Industrial Chic, Harleys vs Japanese motorcycles, Yakuza vs feminine speech patterns, manga, steampunk, religion and angels, red, white and blue, colonial furniture, and corporate logos. Lecture Notes
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Initial Assignments

Table tent: create a table tent (8.5 X 11 inches, folded lengthwise) that displays your name to be read from across the room. Apply an aesthetic. BRING THIS TO EVERY CLASS SESSION ALL SEMESTER. Start a design notebook. Carry it with you always. Continually doodle in it, sketch details of design that catch your eye,…
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Schedule 2020

2020 Week Monday Wednesday Friday 1 Jan 13 Syllabus, First assignments: Catme, blog, survey, then aesthetic, upcycle artifact Definitions of art Definitions of Aesthetics 2 Jan 20 No class, MLK day Aesthetics tour (lecture 04) Syllabus agreement due in class. Slack signup and AesDes Perception Survey due at midnight. Blog post 1 due: Aesthetic Explorations…
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25 Golden Ratio, then Chairs

Today we went over shade and shadows during sketching practice. We finished discussion of Geometric Aesthetics looking at the Golden Ratio, including a video about John Edmark. Then we started looking at chairs as a case study. Chairs have evolved along with other furnishings, and their history is well documented (Chippendale anyone?). We saw some…
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Movie Night Week 10

Star Wars. This film is the reason I wanted to break into the industry. I had amassed a large collection of arthouse and independent films by the time I graduated high school, but Star Wars was one of only two films that I had in nearly every format (VHS, DVD, Laserdisc, but not BetaMax). At…
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19 Bauhaus and Beyond, plus Critical Design Review criteria and logistics

Yesterday’s post on constraints MUST HAVE sketches showing your current plans. ESPECIALLY to illustrate your aesthetic. Critical Design Presentations starting Monday. Same pods. Prototypes please! Must show aesthetic design. Does not need to function. Small scale is fine. The goal of this milestone is to force everybody to decide on what they are making and…
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