Aesthetics Exploration: Aerodynamic Design

Aerodynamic design refers to the science of designing objects in such a way that they experience minimal air resistance, also known as drag, while simultanesously generating either lift or downforce, depending on the application. Engineers achieve this by designing and simulating streamlined shapes that allows air to flow smoothly over the surface of the object,…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Victorian Architecture

History: Victorian architecture refers not to a particular style but to an era—the reign of Queen Victoria over the United Kingdom of Great Britain from 1837 to 1901. During this long reign, architecture in Britain was dominated by many different styles. Some were evocative of the past—Gothic, Elizabethan, Jacobean, Scottish Baronial, Italianate, and Greek, to…
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Aesthetic Exploration – Architecture Parlante

Architecture Parlante, French for “speaking architecture”, is an architecture aesthetic meant to convey its purpose through its form. It originates in the 18th century during the Revolutionary period to describe the works of the French architects Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Étienne-Louis Boullée, and Jean-Jacques Lequeu. Although not used as a term in modern architecture, a modern equivalency…
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Aesthetic Exploration – KidSuper: Colm Dillane’s Whimsical Approach to High Fashion

Colm Dillane began his career in fashion selling t-shirts that he designed to his high school classmates. Not long after, Colm began his undergraduate degree at New York University where he continued to design and create clothes that he sold out of his dorm room. In 2011, during his sophomore year at NYU, Colm founded…
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Organic Architecture Aesthetic Exploration

Organic Architecture The definition of organic architecture is the focus on sustainability and the harmony of interaction between buildings and nature. This aesthetic creation is contributed with Frank Lloyd Wright and his unique architecture designs. It is believed it was started as early as 1908  when Frank Lloyd Wright began to use organic when describing…
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Aesthetic Exploration – Whimsical Aesthetic

Whimsical Aesthetic Our modern day definition for  Whimsical is “Silliness mixed with optimism” [6]. The dictionary Definition of Whimsical is  “Playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way” [7]. Fairytales and children’s book illustrations are commonly associated with being whimsical due to their appearances of randomness and chaos. The core of this…
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Aesthetic of the Incomplete

When we think of seeing a building or work of art, I believe many of us would imagine a complete, fully-realized structure or piece. The aesthetic of the incomplete capitalizes on this inherent psychological reaction by intentionally leaving something looking incomplete, thus challenging conventional expectations. This aesthetic utilizes Gestalt psychology, founded in the 20th century,…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Eldritch

The word Eldritch is commonly defined as an adjective to describe that which is strange, eerie, uncanny, ghostly, or similarly fear-inducing. It is also commonly associated with H.P. Lovecraft’s elder gods and eldritch horrors such as Cthulhu or Yog-Sothoth. Below are four artists renditions of an eldritch horror pulled from a simple google search with…
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Aesthetic Exploration – Utilitarian Design

The utilitarian aesthetic is distinct and recognizable, but sometimes overlooked as an aesthetic decision. Since it emphasizes a focus on functionality over achieving specific aesthetic properties. Nonetheless, the usage of utilitarian philosophy in design produces distinct designs which can be evaluated aesthetically. The philosophy of Utilitarianism was first concretely defined in the early 19th century…
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Color Wheel
Color Wheel

Exploration an aesthetics: Zentangle

The art form I want to explore in this post is Zentangle. Here is the Zentangle inventors’ portfolio sites. http://mariathomasonline.com/maria_thomas_bio.php And below is a video that introduces Zentangle film by the National Museum of American Illustration. The lecture delivered by the couple is truly inspiring.The feature image of this post is the Color Wheel, which…
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Bohemian Aesthetic

Young Bohémienne: Natalie Clifford Barney (1875–1972) at the Age of 10 The word “bohémien(ne)” was first associated with artistic, countercultural people in 1800s France. The association is confusing because the word “bohémien(ne)” or “bohemian” actually refers to three (fairly) distinct groups of people. Firstly, the word refers to Bohemia, an actual region that sat within…
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Aesthetics Exploration: Minimalism – The Art of Simplicity

Minimalism is a trendy design movement that emphasizes simplicity, clean lines, and a concentration on fundamental features. It’s a minimalist aesthetic that’s grown in popularity in recent years, notably in the worlds of graphic and digital design. This aesthetic promotes function over form and prioritizes content over design features. The Origins of Minimalist Aesthetics Minimalist…
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The Cyberpunk Aesthetic

  Screen Capture of the city in ‘Cyberpunk 2077’   The cyberpunk aesthetic combines multiple visual aesthetics but generally portrays cities at night that are very high tech and futuristic. These elements are exaggerated with low key lighting that contrasts deep blacks with vibrant neon lights. Shades of purple, blue and pink are often key…
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Aesthetic Exploration – Nature Reclaiming Civilization

The aesthetic I chose to study is best described as ‘nature fighting back’. Depictions of this aesthetic include imagery of nature flourishing despite man-made obstacles – how humanity has abandoned, neglected, or mistreated a space that was once vital to everyday life. This style was popularized by multiple forms of media, ranging from photographs, paintings,…
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Aesthetic Exploration – Modern Architecture, Jakubczak

“The term “Modern architecture” describes architecture designed and built within the social, artistic, and cultural attitude known as Modernism” Erin Midgol (1). There is a strong emphasis on experimentation.  Modern architecture came around with advancements of engineering and building materials. With respect to architecture, modernism came around in the 20th century, and became more prevalent…
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The Missing Links

Inspiration & Vision I was inspired by the crafted art found in my family’s lake cabin. This led to my decision to utilize a rustic aesthetic that fits hand-in-hand with the inspiration. This means I wanted a subdued hue, natural materials, rough texture, aged appearance, and casual fabrication. My vision for the project’s form is…
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