Main Project Plans and Alternatives

Students were asked to update their main project plans, and re-imagine them in two wildly different aesthetics.

Project Sketches and Aesthetics

For my project, I plan on creating or customizing/updating existing wall decor with graphic pop art of my own or some that I own. I also plan on arranging it around in a way that corresponds to the aesthetic. Graphic pop art can be defined as a multi-colored, high contrast, and semi abstract genre of…

Project Sketches and Aesthetics

For my project, determining the aesthetic was a bit easier to define once I sketched out different parts of the artifact I am aiming to produce. Below is a visual of Thanos’ Gauntlet. Given the visual above you can see the different ways in which the metal is intertwined. This intricate work can be seen…

Futuristic Desk Lamp

For this project I am going to make an articulating lamp with a futuristic aesthetic. I plan on doing this by 3D printing all of the lamps pieces out of black and white material and painting over them with a gloss to give them a shine. I think this will help with the aesthetic of…

The Aesthetic of Nature

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For my main project I have decided to focus on the aesthetic of nature.  While in last week’s post, I said that I identify with the mountainous aesthetic of Colorado, this project will be more jungle themed. For those of you that haven’t read my previous blog post about my final project, I have decided…

Design Alternatives

For my final project, I am creating a hidden blade like the ones featured in the videogame Assassin’s Creed. In this post, I will evaluate design alternatives both in the aesthetic and functional features. The aesthetic of the hidden blade has varied in each game, featuring the common styles of the era the game is…

Two Stroke Engine Lamp – Two Unique Ideas

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As discussed in a previous post, I will be making a (mostly) 3D printed lamp that replicates a two-stroke motor. The two main ideas that I feel must be present are the following: The lamp should have a piston that moves up and down once the lamp is activated. The lamp should have a light…

Final Project Plans: Mousetrap Car

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My final project is about completely redesigning a mousetrap car that I made 5 years ago in high school. I decided that the main goal is to make the car go beyond 200 feet, which is a distance that my old design did not even come close to accomplishing. I’ve done some research and found…

Canoe and Kayak Specifications and Inspirations

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For my final design project I am working with my dad to build a canoe and kayak rack for his house in Georgia. The general aesthetic inspirations that I outlined in the previous post are national forest trail maps and my parents home. These inspirations have lead to specifications in the form of color and…

Main Project Alternative – Capo

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For my final project, I have decided to scale back my original idea and go for a more manageable artifact. I learned from the upcycle project not to use materials that you are unfamiliar with for purposes they are not built for, so I am going to 3D print my object. I want to pivot…

MF Doom Memorial Aesthetics

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I decided I wanted to do a memorial to artist Daniel Dumile or better known as MF Doom. He passed away in October of 2020. I had almost completely forgotten he had passed away at the age of 49. He was one of my favorite artists in high school and really introduced me to how…

Main Project – Neon Design and Alternatives

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For my project I am going to make a neon sign with my user for gaming (my gamertag). I want to capture the glow wave aesthetic where the background is dark and you have bright blue or pink neon lighting coming through. The idea for my neon design is shown below. I want an acrylic…

Small Scale Wind Turbine Aesthetics

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For my final project, I’m planning on making a small-scale wind turbine with a base. I will incorporate a minimalist aesthetic similar to any other wind turbine. I believe a minimalist aesthetic will have a clean/refined finish. This will be accomplished by using one primary color(white) to coat the entire structure. The blades for the…

Paper Cut Light Box Plans and Alternatives

Inspired by rocket launches, I am looking to create a design that shows a space aesthetic using a paper-cut light box. It will have shapes that are both organic and geometric. In terms of style, the rocket and tower will be simplified but will still reflect the shapes and designs that are seen in actual…

Timeless and Mysterious Puzzle box Aesthetic

I wanted to give my puzzle box a mysterious and timeless aesthetic, I did so by using simple materials found in most eras but also a complex artistic design not only in the wood, but in the shape itself. I wanted my puzzle box to go beyond any sense of time or era, adding to…

Earthy Plant Wall Decoration

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking and thinking about what to make for my final project. A few different things have come to mind, but none of them have felt quite right. I thought of making a wooden chest to store board games, but I made a table for my upcycle project and…

Main Project Aesthetics: Air Intake Ideas

As those of you who read my blog post last week know, I have decided to construct an air intake system for my car that consists of an intake tube and air filter enclosure. I am aiming to make a design that simplifies the engine bay while also conforming to the minimalist aesthetic. However, I…

Futuristic Longboard

 My original plan was to create a futuristic “high-tech” mask and incorporate glasses into it (since masks always fog my glasses). I made some sketches and attempted to plan it out, but I quickly realized it was going to be much harder than I expected.   In the previous post about our personal aesthetics, I…

Main Project Aesthetics – Plans and Alternatives

  For my final project, I am going to build a ‘floating’ tensegrity coffee table base. The aesthetics that I am aiming to demonstrate are industrial and minimalist. This will be accomplished by using tube steel / steel cables and sticking to a very straight-forward form. Besides these two, the overall aesthetic revolves around the…

Black and white alternative aesthetics

For my project I am planning to incorporate a white and black aesthetic. The way I am planning to do this is by using a special extra black paint and painting that on one half of a mannequin head that will be rotating. As well, I plan on using LED lights to get extra contrast…

Organic Desk Fountain Update

Organic Desk Fountain Update Since I have had my Final Project in mind for quite a while, my plans for it are generally locked in. Because of this I won’t go to far into alternatives for my project but instead will highlight the progress I have made so far. As I described in my fifth…

Open Workspace Update

Since I have known what I will be doing for my final project for this course for awhile, my overall plans for building/constructing the desk have been set into place. Since this is a larger piece of semi permeant furniture to go into the room, I will be keeping my original thoughts on sticking with…

Cryptex Lock

Since I have come to a conclusion for my final project for quite some time now, my ideas and design are pretty much cemented. Therefore, I would prefer to utilize this post to discuss my progress on my cryptex lock and highlight a few key components. As previously discussed in my recent blog posts, I…

Main Project Aesthetics and Alternatives

For my project, I want to create a contour map or a topographical map of Copper Mountain. Copper is a ski resort that holds a lot of meaning for me, because it is a place where I have a lot of memories and continue to go to for fun. Currently I have a few ideas…

T-Shirt Quilt – Main Project Aesthetics/Alternatives

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 coze. Since the shirts…

Digital Picture Frame Plans and Aesthetic

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I am well on my way to creating a digital picture frame for my final project. Because I have my idea fairly set, I will use this post to talk about the aesthetic I will be applying as well as the progress I have made rather than focusing on the alternatives.  I have touched on…

Final Project Update/Alternatives

For my final project I ended up deciding to move forward with my chess board idea. For my project I will be combining a sort of rustic aesthetic for the features outside of the board while using a sort of technological aesthetic for the board itself. The components outside of the board will most likely…

Mural Chair Plans and Alternatives

For my final project I have pretty much settled on the form of the chair. As the featured image shows, I will be going with a Robert Van Embricqs style folding chair. I think its a very unique and interesting design as a chair, but what really does it for me it the fact that…

Handlebar Bag for Bikepacking

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For my final project, I plan on creating a bag (or multiple bags if I have time) for bikepacking. If you are not familiar, bikepacking is the combination of mountain biking and backpacking. The sport is particularly laissez-faire. I have read multiple blogs that say all you need to do is strap a sleeping bag…
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