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 1: Statements of Meaning These are often, but not always positive statements, calling out a strength of the work. What does this work say about…

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 for critique. If you revise it, submit an additional post about it later too. Complete Upcycle report due midnight Wednesday Feb 21 2 Critiques of…

How to Create a Post on Aesdes.org

Aesdes.org is your platform to share and explore captivating aesthetics in design content. This guide will walk you through the process of creating a post on the website. Follow these instructions to share your designs during the course. Logging In for the First Time: Check Your Email: Keep an eye on your CU email inbox…

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 you or need resources for those Grad section presentations don’t be afraid to reach out.

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 students to explore aesthetics in the context of engineering designs of physical artifacts, but now it is open to any upper division or graduate CU…

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, and lecture content will move accordingly. Zoom recordings and lecture note links will go live within a day or so of the class. Week Monday…

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 and resell a variety of donated items such as lumber, cabinetry, old doors, windows, and even tubs & sinks. While some may think of us…

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 is the version you must document for critique. If you revise your plans, submit an additional post about them later too. Complete Design Preview report…

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 for critique. If you revise it, submit an additional post about it later too. Complete Upcycle report due midnight Feb 22 Video of your Upcycle…

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 catch your eye, practice shading and rendering etc. We will often have short sketching assignments during class, so please bring it to class. It could…

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 as they are scheduled, and lecture content will move accordingly. Zoom recordings and lecture note links will go live within a day or so of…

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 with a major design report due (Upcycle, Main project preview, or Final), the design review report will be the blog subject. These major posts will…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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, and is open to all upper division students and grad students in the College of Engineering here at the University of Colorado Boulder, including Creative…

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…

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

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 a whiteboard. Monday we’ll look at what everybody did. Lecture notes contain the rules and combos. Lecture Notes  

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…

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…

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…