Top 5 Constraints: Desk Toy

Top 5 Constraints Size The size of the box is difficult to grasp. It cannot be to big, otherwise it’s purpose as a desk toy does not work. Plus an increase in size means an increase of resources.  AestheticThe specific Aesthetic theme is hard to nail down. The difficulty is how the top of the box…
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Summing Up 2020

UpCycle Project summary: I chose an aesthetic and used recycled products to build something reminiscent of that aesthetic.  I started to make a sun-catcher out of recycled mirror and colored glass, but the project morphed into a candle holder/cover made from recycled Christmas ornaments.  Final Project summary: I took the opposite route of the UpCycle…
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Summing Up 2020

When I started this class, I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect. To me, aesthetics was just how things look. As I progressed through each class, and worked on the two projects that we were assigned, I realized there was so much more to aesthetics than how something looked. It was about how it was…
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Summing up Aesthetics of Design 2020

Hi there! Here’s a consolidation of my work throughout the course Aesthetics of Design, taken during the 2020 Spring semester at CU Boulder, taught by Professor Hertzberg. Upcycling Project: Create an artifact that conforms to an aesthetic, either the aesthetic you researched, or one that someone else in class posted about. Upcycle means that your…
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Summing Up 2020

  What a roller coaster of a semester! This class definitely took me out of my comfort zone as I am not normally one who has a knack for artistic ability. I learned that the word aesthetic has actually a vastly deeper meaning than just “what looks good”. My final project was the cardboard grabber,…
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Final Project Report: The Stirling Motor

Inspiration My initial inspiration came from when professor Hertzberg spoke about the final project and said that it needed to have a dynamic component. When I was a student in Heat Transfer Professor Knutson always mentioned and showed the class these little machines that operated off of a small heat differential called a stirling motor.…
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Summing Up 2020: Aesthetics of Design

Featured Image credit: Artist Shigeru Miyamoto: https://www.polygon.com/nintendo/2019/10/5/20900178/kirby-character-name-nintendo-lawyer-john-kirby-obituary This post serves as an anthology of my work for the course Aesthetics of Design, taken in the Spring of 2020 at CU Boulder, under Professor Hertzberg. Upcycling Project Description: “Create an artifact that conforms to an aesthetic, either the aesthetic you researched, or one that someone else…
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Final Report 2 – Indietronic EP

Everything was recorded/midi mapped in Ableton Live 10.  All drum sounds were royalty free, one-shot drum samples from the sampling service “Noiiz.”  Anything external was recorded with a Sennheiser MD 421 microphone and all the guitar was played on an Ibanez Stratocaster copy from 1983 or so, run through a Marshall tube amp.  All live…
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Summing Up 2020

It certainly was an eventful semester. I learned a ton about how aesthetics influences our everyday lives. Additionally, this course showed me the societal divide between the arts and engineering, and I made my best effort over the semester to bridge the gap and incorporate both artistry and engineering within my projects. In future personal…
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Summing up 2020: Jackson Hootman

My final project for the Aesthetic of Design course was entitled COVID Apparel. This project consisted of making dynamic clothing to encourage social distancing by flashing addressable LEDs red when contact is detected. All posts relating to this project can be found below: Project inspirations: http://www.aesdes.org/2020/02/19/main-project-inspirations-wearable-technologies/ Project aesthetics: http://www.aesdes.org/2020/02/26/main-project-aesthetic-flat-design/ Project constraints: http://www.aesdes.org/2020/03/04/main-project-top-5-constraints-6/ Project design review…
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Final Project Report: Part 2

Timeline My timeline for this project was similar to as initially planned but varied due to circumstances involving the Covid-19 quarantine – my adjusted timeline is pictured below: Due to the displacement from campus, I lost about a week of time to work on the prototyping of the initial sculpture designs initially, which pushed my…
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Final Project Part 2: COVID Apparel

Timeline As an overview, my project (COVID Apparel) involved developing interactive apparel that encourages social distancing during the COVID-19. The project timeline went largely as expected. The only noticeable changes were larger shipping times for electrical parts. COVID Apparel timeline The week of the Design Review will (3/09 – 3/15) was designated for ordering prototyping…
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Final Project Part Two: Cardboard Grabber

http://www.aesdes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/zoom_0-1.mp4 Video 1. Final Presentation to Pod   My design process went through stages of change, with two large pivot points resulting from campus closures and lack of available materials and facilities. In  the beginning the arm was meant to be created out of multiple kinds of cardboard, paints for aesthetic design, and super-adhesives in…
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Summing Up 2020

This semester I learned about the value of aesthetics. A properly expressed aesthetic gives the artwork, object, film, book, etc. a tone of it’s own. While being predominantly interested in the steampunk aesthetic at the beginning of the semester, I learned to explore other forms and contexts through my own projects and those of my…
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Final Project Part 1 2020: Hand-Making an Electrical Guitar

Time-lapse of Electrical Guitar Construction thusfar, sorry about the watermark, i’ll try to fix it in part 2, open to suggestions with free software: I. INTRODUCTION The following report will entail the specifics of the Final Project in MCEN 5228: Aesthetics of Design, instructed by Professor Jean Hertzberg. The report will detail the documentation from…
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