Street Photography

Street photography emerged with the advent of portable cameras. Street photography captures daily life, human interactions, and candid moments. Capturing pictures as a street photographer involves observing and reacting to the environment around you. There is no simple, precise definition of what qualifies an image as street photography. However, there are several acclaimed street photographers…
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Chinese Warring States Period Lacquerware Design

The Warring States period is a very early period of Chinese history. It started around 475BC and ends at around 247BC. This period is the 1st booming time of the Chinese lacquerware design and production due to changes of people’s sense of aesthetics and improvements of the lacquerware making skills. Lacquerwares are are objects decoratively…
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The Aesthetic of Wes Anderson

I love Wes Anderson films. Primarily, I love his aesthetic- regardless of which film you’re watching, you can always recognize his distinct style. Specific elements that I think underscore this. First, his shot and scene composition are super-intentional. Visual symmetry and balance are huge elements of each shot he constructs. This video from Vimeo user…
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Telefoni Bianchi (Italian ‘White Telephone’ Films of the 1930’s)

In the 1930’s, a white telephone was a luxury item and a symbol of opulence. This visual status symbol indicated great wealth and represents an era of Italian filmmaking focused on the glamorous lives of those who could afford such an ostentatious technology1. The aesthetic of these films revolved around lush settings and grand, splendid worlds in…
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Retro Ski

Retro Ski   Though this old school style on the ski slopes began in the 1930s and 40s, it peaked in the mid 60s though the 70s. The retro style includes both a mentality as well as a physical rad getup. style of advertising   Old School  http://www.skinet.com/ski/article/throwback-thursday-radical-freestyle The one-piece snowsuit is more than just…
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The Evolving Nerd Culture

The Nerd (adjective: nerdy), is a descriptive word to identify a person who is overly intelligent, obsessive, and/or lacking social skills. Typically this individual may spend outrageous amount of time on obscure, unpopular, non-mainstream activities or culture. Also, generally speaking the topics usually have a highly technical theme or relating to fantasy and fiction. A…
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Aesthetics of Surrealism

Perhaps most notable by the works of Salvador Dali, surrealism is a cultural movement popularized in Paris during the early 1920s.  Surrealism developed mostly from the Dada movement, and was firmly established by André Breton with his writing, Surrealist Manifesto.  In this work, Breton described surrealism as “pure psychic automatism”.  This phrase captures the freedom…
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Cowboy Up!

Growing up in Steamboat, I was surrounded by two main themes, Skiing and ranching. This meant that dressing up in our school meant either a suit or something similar to this: Formal Cowboy Wear (source: http://www.blacktieguide.com/blog/2013/12/18/the-western-tuxedo/) This country western/Cowboy aesthetic has been around for a long time dating back to the 19th century in northern Mexico.…
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WPA Posters

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b48847 Art to spread awareness for syphilis? During the depression in the 1930’s, jobs were hard to come by for most everybody in the United Sates. Artists especially felt the squeeze as Americans worried more about putting food on the table than supporting the arts. As part of the New Deal, the Works Progress Administration (WPA)…
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Modern Aesthetics of Coffee

For many people, drinking their morning coffee is a ritual needed to kick start the day. Coffee was popularized across Europe in the 17th century, which quickly launched Brazil into becoming the worlds largest bean producer [1]. Today, the average US citizen consumes 7.5lb of beans annually [2]. Recently, coffee has experienced a craft revolution that has popularized micro-roasteries, local coffee shops, espresso drinks,…
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Minimalism

Minimalism began in the 1960’s to early 1970’s as a contrasting aesthetic compared to Abstract expressionism. The primary element of Minimalism is the reduction of features to achieve the most simple design or image. Minimalism is seen in many different mediums ranging from paintings to architecture to apparel. Some people even live their lives as…
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Art Deco

Early in the 20th century, the Art Deco visual aesthetic was highly influential in fine art, industrial design and architecture. Art Deco is one of my favorite aesthetics because it radiates an optimism about the future. It alludes to the possibilities of  human industry with stately figures and clean symmetric lines. I was reminded of the…
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Wine Bottles

http://www.storageltd.com/blog/how-to-store-wine-bottle-of-different-sizes Most people can recognize a wine bottle when they see one. Despite the wide variety of bottle shapes and sizes, there are three styles that are the most common: the Bordeaux, the Burgundy, and the Mosel/Alsace. These bottle styles appeared due to significant advances in glass making in the early 1800s, which allowed for thicker…
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The Aesthetics of Kaiju

Kaiju, translated from Japanese as “strange beast” , is a film genre centered around giant monsters attacking Japanese metropolises.  The film credited as the first in the genre is also the most recognizable name: Godzilla.  Directed in 1954 by Ishiro Honda, Godzilla spawned a genre of monster films which gave rise to famous monsters such as…
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Skater Shoes

Shoes are an essential part of anyone’s wardrobe in that they protect the wearer’s feet, can be used for various levels of activity, and can show the personal style of the wearer to others. A shoe that I have found to be my favorite all around type of shoe for casual wear are skater shoes, and…
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Beer, Booze, and the Beauty of Industrial Architecture

Many breweries like to keep things simple, doing minimal work to get the brewery looking nice. Taking advantage of the industrial “warehousey” feel of the buildings which house many breweries is crucial for many breweries. By using and accentuating exposed concrete, brick, piping, and dark muted colors, breweries can create a very modern and welcoming…
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Japanese Dekotora Trucks

http://www.tofugu.com/2012/01/12/dekotora-dekochari/ Dekotora or “decoration trucks” emerged when the Japanese series “Truck Guys” came out in 1975 [1]. The plot of the story involves two men who travel across Japan in their decorated trucks, basically fighting crime and protecting people and being portrayed as heroes. [1] http://www.tofugu.com/2012/01/12/dekotora-dekochari/ http://blog.livedoor.jp/iketerutruck/ Since the series came out, hobbyists and truck drivers…
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Apple Design Aesthetic

Under the sometimes manic guidance from Steve Jobs, Apple product designers were able to redefine the tech industry with a sleek aesthetic that has now become the norm within the industry. The aesthetic is characterized by clean lines with the absence of clutter and, more recently, with an outer shell of aluminum. The original inspiration…
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Molecular Gastronomy

http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/molecular-gastronomy.htm   Molecular gastronomy is defined as a type of food science that utilizes physical and chemical transformations of ingredients to create meals and drinks that are shown in a new light. While the art form first started out as a food science, it has slowly grown into an aesthetic in design as the focused…
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Flat Design

Google’s Material Design Guidelines (Google.com) The “Flat” or “Material Design” aesthetic is gaining popularity across multiple different mediums- from digital design to print, to cars, and even fashion. Making a first appearance in 1950s and 1960s magazines and tabloids, the flat aesthetic has continued to gain popularity. After a modern culture boom in skeuomorphism (think fake wood-texture paneling…
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Androgynous

http://setuptheupset.com/blogs/uncvrd/25735364-10-androgynous-moments-that-changed-fashion-forever Androgyny was identified first by plato as a combination of the two sexes. His myth tell the story of three sexes; male, female, and male-female respectively from the sun, earth, and the moon. The synthesis of the two sexes gives the male and female characteristics of style, music, expression, sexual experience, and appearance in…
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Ski Town Aesthetic

After spending the weekend skiing at Vail (a rare and lucky treat), I’ve been thinking about the quintessential “ski town” aesthetic that the town has established. From your first turn off of I-70, you know that you’re in a special kind of mountain town, one that certainly emphasizes aesthetics and experience over economy or accessibility. In addition to the world-class…
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Modern Rustic Design

  The Modern Rustic aesthetic is my all-time favorite design style. Its warm, natural and inviting, yet also clean and simple. Also know as ‘rustic modern’, this design style became recognized at some point in the 20th century. The earliest book I could find describing this aesthetic was written in 2000 by Ali Hanan: “Modern Rustic: Natural Ideas…
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Martial Arts

Simplified down, martial arts are systems of training for combat, each with a unique philosophy on fighting.  Some martial arts like Tai Chi focus on inner development and health while some like Muay Thai focus on tournament style fighting.  Whether a student is training for self-defense, competition, fitness, entertainment, or for spiritual development, all styles…
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Rat Rods

If you are familiar with rat rods the term may conjure images of Mad Max and the over-the-top rust-buckets that sped through the desert in the never-ending chase scene that comprised the entire movie. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)  Entertainment Weekly To many, they are cosmetically and mechanically cobbled together machines from repurposed parts used…
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Danish Design in the mid-1900s

Denmark has played a large role in the development of Scandinavian design focusing mostly on the simplicity and functionality of their designs. With widespread globalization, Danish influence can be seen in Ikea products, kitchen wares, audio, lighting, furniture, and even in the Sydney Opera House. The largest surge in modern Danish design came post World…
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Cruiser Bikes!

After the successful commercialization of the automobile, bicycles became recreational vehicles. These were expensive and occupied a comparable market to the modern road bike. During the depression, demand for an inexpensive and practical bike came into view. This evolved into the cruiser bike, a single speed bike with large tires, stylized after the motorcycle. During their…
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An Architect’s Aesthetic

An architect has their own aesthetics, not just their buildings. These aesthetics generally reflect an architect’s attitude and desire to stand out from everyone else. The idea of an architect’s style of clothing probably originated sometime around Le Corbusier (1930’s) who is seen wearing the iconic black, round-framed “Harry Potter” glasses. He was known as “the…
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The Beautifully Deadly Box Jellyfish

Nature consists of some of the most amazing aesthetics not just in the visual design, but in the functional design as well.  I wanted to look specifically at the strongest and weakest animal on earth, the box jellyfish. http://www.planetdeadly.com/animals/dangerous-jellyfish https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjVppSfqLLKAhVQ2mMKHekYCGwQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tumblr.com%2Ftagged%2FBox%2Bjellyfish&psig=AFQjCNE4opDMSWYP-6NoRmmxsu9hcTv9UA&ust=1453170044800788 The box jellyfish is a beautifully delicate and extremely lethal animal.  This carnivorous jellyfish located…
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“Retro” architecture

In modern architecture, the retro-style appears when brand new buildings are built with the same features (brick facades, roof materials, etc.) as the older buildings that surround them. The time difference between the new and old buildings is often nearly a century. This aesthetic instills a sense of oneness/homogeneity and nostalgia to the region in which it is applied. Modern baseball stadiums…
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Shabby Chic

image: pintrest.com, courtesy of “Here’s Earl.” As we prepare for our warm-up project in Upcycling, the aesthetic that first comes to mind is “Shabby Chic”. The popularity of Shabby Chic is evident by the vast number of articles and images featuring it. It’s also a mainstay in artisan marketplaces like Etsy.com, where creative hopefuls go…
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