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, from Thonet with his bentwood manufacturing innovations up to Charles and Ray Eames. Designers were inspired by both technology and previous designers. Lecture notes Zoom…
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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 looked at which current designers to talk about, plus some other resources. Lecture Notes Zoom recording
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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 ASAP, critiques due Friday) . Behruz will post a spreadsheet showing who still needs to have their DR reports critiqued. Don’t forget to upload the…
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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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If You Just Enrolled

Please 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 an email to me (Hertzberg@colorado.edu) for the entry survey link. Then read the syllabus and the initial assignments. See you in class!
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01 First class meeting

In our first class meeting (Monday 1/13/20) we started with the Strandbeest bicycle video and did a little critique of it. The walking mechanism was derived from Theo Jansen’s work. Then we went over the syllabus and the initial assignments.  Here’s an example of upcycling that I didn’t get to show. t’s a giant ball…
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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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Blog and Comments 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 with a major design report due (Upcycle, Main project CDR, or Final), the design review report will be the blog subject. These major posts will…
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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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Final Assignments

Hi. I’ll try to collect all of the end-of-semester details here, in rough chronological order.   Make a post for Monday 4/22 with your project name and your name as the title. This will be a placeholder  so your pod can comment on your presentation regardless of the state of your final blog posts or…
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Final Presentation logistics

You will have a 15 minute slot for your final presentation. Your content should cover the two written final report blog posts: What and How, Why and What Next? Introduce your project, then present design drawings, budget, and details of the assembly process. Talk about what your original goals were, and what you achieved. YOU…
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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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20: Modern Design Movements

Today we looked over the schedule for the rest of the semester, had a little team time, and then went through Modern design movements with lightning speed: Art Deco, Organic Design, Streamlining, Post-War/Mid Century Modern, Pop, Radical Design, High Tech/Matt Black, and back to Post Modernism. Whew! Now everybody is ready to play the Aesthetics…
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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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Movie Night Week 8

The movie tonight is Wes Anderson’s 2004 Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The engineering in this film is a little bit of a punch line, but the film is chock full o’aesthetic. As is the standard for a Wes Anderson feature. I would suggest that this film has the most clearly defined and executed design…
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16 Arts and Crafts Movement

Groups of students analyzed images of Arts and Crafts styled products to determine what design elements form this aesthetic. When critiquing this week’s blog post about Main Project Inspirations, look for enough information to do this type of analysis on the proposed aesthetic. In other words, did the author describe what are the important style…
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15: 20th Century Timeline

If you are having trouble deciding on your project, choose an aesthetic to start, then think of an artifact that defines that aesthetic. Choose a random one if you have to! Today we started talking about historic design movements, so that our postmodern references will be understood. Had trouble with a video link, so please…
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Movie Night Week 6

The film being screened this week is Jacques Tati’s 1958 Mon Oncle. The film takes a look into the juxtaposition of modern France with old France. My work in my BFA was heavily influenced and inspired by the sound design for this film. Tati was always known for informative expository sound design in otherwise silent…
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Movie Night Week 5

The feature this Monday (2.11) will be Modern Times, a look into the chaos of modern life (as of 1936). Credit – International News Photos [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons This film is a silent comedy, it is in black and white, and it features ridiculous machinery that would never actually appear in an industrial…
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Upcycle Presentation Logistics

Here are the Pod Presentation rooms: Upcycle Feb 11 Feb13 Feb15 Pod A ECME 137B DLC 1B65 (kassie) ECCR 150 Pod B ECME 137A ECAD Clark (YC)   ECME 137A Pod C ECOT 317 ECOT 317 ECAE 153 Seebass Pod D ECAE 199 Onizuka ITLL 150   ECCR 150 Backup ECCR 150 ECCR 150 ECCR…
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11 Contour Bias vs Cubes

Today we went over Upcycle Presentation logistics (look for a separate post on that), and then continued with sketching practice, specifically cubes, extending to a blocky chair. In contrast, we also started talking about Universal Principles of Design; specifically Contour Bias. Humans react to pointy things with fear and attention, while rounder objects are more…
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