Final Main Project Reports 2021

Some students are splitting their reports in two parts: What and How.

Here you’ll find both full reports and just Part 2:How sections

Design Report Part 2: Airbox Construction

For my final project, I decided to design and construct an air intake system for my car that consists of an intake tube and air filter enclosure. I am aiming to develop a design that simplifies the engine bay while also conforming to the minimalist aesthetic. However, I want to add features that are reminiscent…

Two Part Workspace: The What and How

The What: With remote work not going anywhere anytime soon, people are making the most of their home spaces to create a space that allows for work to be done while also creating a relaxing space. I want to create two office spaces in a spare room that will still be able to function as…

Final Project: Plant Wheel

Presentation Video: https://vimeo.com/541321416 As another semester comes to a close, I am delighted to say that my final Aesthetics in Design project is complete! I had several functional goals going into this project. I wanted to create some sort of wall decoration that would help fill wall space in my dining room, which is the least…

Final Project Both Parts: Small Scale Wind Turbine

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Introduction This post will be an in-depth analysis of what my final project was and how it was constructed. Renewable energy is quickly becoming a household term used by a significant portion of the world’s population due to its hopeful impact on the future of humanity. Out of all the renewable energy generators, I would…

Art Deco PC Stand – What did I Make and How?

For my final project, I decided to make a PC stand, to keep my PC off the carpet and improve overall airflow, as well as build on the overall aesthetic of my setup. I took my initial inspiration for this project from a few PC stands I found on Amazon while looking to buy one.…

Final Project: Graphic Pop Art Clock

I have always been a fan of graphic novels and comic books of all types and I love the variety of and diversity of art styles that can seamlessly be put together under the aesthetic of Graphic Pop Art. So, for my final project, I knew I wanted to incorporate it into some type of…

Final Report – Digital Picture Frame | What and How

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THE WHAT:  My father has been asking for a digital picture frame for christmas or his birthday for years now. For some reason each year we neglect his request and get him something else. Why? I have no idea. But delay no more, for my final project in Aesthetics of Design I produced him a…

Final Report: Light Board

As planned my end product for the final project which is a Lightboard is completely fabricated as of today. The design and fabrication were fun and a little bit challenging but I am happy with how the end product turned out. I utilized the Lulzbot printer for fabricating the LED strip holding fixture at the…

Rotating Light and Dark Sculpture Final Report

For my final project I created a rotating sculpture that highlights lighting and depth effects. The aesthetics that I was trying to highlight are matte black and a neon LED look. In order to achive my matte black look I am used a specialized paint that is supposed to be extremely dark. I was hoping…

Final Report – Swivel Bar Stool

For my final project, I had been struggling to find a concept that I would really enjoy exploring as well as something that I could use or look at daily! I was struggling between two very different aesthetics that both in their own way, spoke to me. The first aesthetic I explored was the aesthetic…

Hidden Blade for Cosplay

Introduction For my final project, I created a hidden blade like the ones featured in the videogame Assassin’s Creed. In this report, I will describe the design selection process, the planned manufacturing steps, and the testing protocols. The aesthetic of the hidden blade has varied in each Assassin’s Creed game, featuring the common styles of…

Final Report – Topographic Mountain

For my final project, I decided to create a topographical map of Copper Mountain. Copper Mountain is a ski resort that holds a lot of meaning for me, because it is a place where I have a lot of memories from my childhood, and also continue to go to for fun. Currently I have a…

Kayak & Canoe Rack

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Design and Aesthetic Inspiration The structures that I would like to incorporate design elements from are my parents house, a national forest trail map sign, and a kayak rack I found online. For the roofing I would like to keep steel roofing technique seen on the balcony of my parents house. I would like to…

Final Report – Two Stroke Engine Lamp (Parts 1 and 2)

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Introduction In this final blog post, I’ll be discussing what my final project was, what I was inspired by, and how I created it. One of my biggest regrets regarding this project is that although I gathered all the materials needed, I was unable to build the final product. This was largely due to the…

Modern Style Lamp Final Report

For my final project I wanted to create a modern/futuristic style lamp that was portable and was able to articulate into any position that I may need. I am constantly finding myself needing more light when working on various projects and wanted to make something that would look “cool” on my desk. I think that this…

Final Project Both Parts: Paludarium

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The what: A paludarium is the combination between an aquarium and a terrestrial terrarium.  I have been in the aquarium hobby for over 12 years now and paludariums have always caught my eye.  Growing up I only ever owned aquariums that were created with false plants, plastic hides, and beginner fish.  Starting sophomore year of…

T-Shirt Quilt Final Report

Part 1: What Aesthetics/Inspirations: For my project, I decided on making a t-shirt quilt out of my sister’s Iowa State University t-shirts. This falls into two aesthetics that I have explored in the past. The first being the aesthetic I used for my Upcycle Project: Old School Athletics. The second is my personal aesthetic: comfy…

Thanos’ Gauntlet: Final Report (Both Parts)

I am a big fan of Marvel movies and wanted to make something that is from the movies. One of the more prominent characters in the recent films is the infamous villain, Thanos. He wears a gauntlet in which he can carry Infinity stones to which he can use to wipe out mass populations. This…

Futuristic Longboard | Final Report

Part 1:  What I Made With this project, my intention was to apply the futuristic aesthetic that I have been exploring throughout the semester with my personal aesthetic. [  The Futuristic Aesthetic  ] The futuristic aesthetic is something that I made up in a sense and is very subjective as to what it actually means…

Final Report Ammo Crate Center Console

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  WHAT? The inspirations for this project was two fold: the center console in my current car was butts, and my dad has already made new center consoles for the old Jeeps that he has made, plus I saw ammo crates in a store one time and they were pretty neat so I had to…

Chess Board Final Report Parts 1 and 2

PART 1: WHAT Inspirations For this project I really wanted to create something that I would use long term as opposed to making something just for this class. I thought of creating a chess board since it is a hobby that I picked up at the start of quarantine to pass the time and yet…

Final Report – Mousetrap Car 2.0

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Presentation: https://youtu.be/MZqY-Pv0UXo To recap, my project is inspired by a high school physics project. I wanted to apply the skills I’ve acquired as an engineering student to build a better mousetrap car than the one I made in high school and see how much longer my new mousetrap car can go. So to briefly explain…

Bikepacking Setup: Final Project Report part 1 & 2

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If you’ve been following along with my posts, you will know by now that I wanted to create bikepacking bags for my final project. If you are unfamiliar, bikepacking bags are bags that attach to your bike frame so that you can go camping and riding for days at a time, completely unsupported. That means…

Final Design – Neon Sign

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For my final project, I decided to create something that I would keep for a long time. Since I play and stream for the Call of Duty Esports team here at CU, I decided to make a neon sign of my username so that I could use it as decoration in my room.  On the…

Renaissance Capo – Final Project

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For my project, I designed and 3D printed a guitar capo. A capo is a clamp made of plastic that uses a spring force to press onto the strings of a guitar and raise its tuning. I have been practicing guitar on and off for a few years, and I’ve wanted to get one for…

Adjustable Glow Table Final Report (Parts 1 & 2)

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Final Presentation Video Part 1: What For my project, my main goal was to create a table to fill both a need for a functional piece of furniture in my living space, and a desire to have something more aesthetically pleasing than the current coffee table that we had. More specifically, in terms of functionality,…

Paper-Cut Light Box Final Report (Parts 1 and 2)

Rockets are some of the most incredible machines humanity has created—structures of explosive fuel that propels their cargo, whether it’s a satellite, equipment, or people, beyond the planet’s atmosphere and into space. The sheer power of these creations are on display whenever they launch; they unleash their enormous energy in a tower of fire through…

Puzzle Box Final Post

I enjoy indulging in YouTube in my free time, where I came across several puzzle box videos. I took an interest mainly in Japanese puzzle boxes, because I enjoyed the overshadowed precision behind every box. As I delved deeper into the history of the puzzle box, I noticed that form the very first puzzle boxes…

Organic Desk Fountain (Sculpture) Final

Organic Desk Fountain (Sculpture) Final I want to make a Water Fountain that can sit on my desk. These systems are often battery or USB powered with a small pump to bring the water upward. I have seen these in offices acting as a calming visual and auditory element. An example of a Desktop Water…

Floating Coffee Table : Final Report

For my project, I built a ‘tensegrity’ base for a coffee table. A ‘tensegrity’ design is a tension-based structure that creates a sort of floating illusion. These designs operate on the principle of opposing tension to create stability. A lot of the designs that I have seen out there seem to be very wobbly and/or…

MF Doom Memorial Finale

So my project ended up look quite a bit different from what I intended. To catch you up to speed, lemme summarize my plan going into all of this. MF Doom passed away in October of 2020. It was a testament to how crazy this past year has been that one of the most influential…

Final Report – Cryptex Lock

As a little kid I constantly found myself wanting to take apart objects or find a way to lock mechanisms that could be used for storage. For example, I had a special piggy bank for my allowance that had a key locking mechanism which must be inserted a certain way to unlock the piggy bank.…

Chair Mural – Final Report

What: The chair mural is a functional piece of art. When folded flat, it can be laid against the wall as a decorative mural. When folded into its chair form, It can be used as a piece of furniture. To start I’ll describe my inspirations. I needed a folding chair that folded as flat as…
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