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Forum topic by gljacobs posted 01-17-2011 06:52 AM 813 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2011 06:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: aesthetics design critique

Is there a place here to get “educated” critiquing on aesthetics about your projects?
By “educated” I mean everyone can critique with their instant opinion and I look forward to that, but I’m also looking for some critiques by some design professionals or at least a skill and trained veteran eye.

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 09:22 PM

As a designer I will tell you this. Aesthetics is something very personal and not everyone agrees with what you like or not. But the best advise I could give to someone on how to develop a aesthetic sence about things is to browse as many related to your project articles and see what others do, what is in your taste and what is not. As for critiques I am sure everyone will have a say if you post something online. A designer professional will tell you his openion according not only on his aesthetical taste but also acording to some basic rules of design. Google contemporary furniture design and have a look on the different styles a US designer will have from a European and especially from a Japanise. Good Luck.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 09:24 PM

Nothing I know of personally. I am sure there are folks here with the criteria you are looking for. Have you thought about contacting a design school, perhaps talking with one of the teachers?

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 11:24 PM

I’m pretty sure it is in the eye of the beholder. Use the golden ration in what ever you do.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 11:34 PM

I think you can get some of that around here if you ask for it and dont take it to heart. You need to be willing to take the good with the bad which isnt always easy. Id suggest when you write up a project post in it … Critques welcomed

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 11:53 PM

Take some classes or something. Get to know artists and architects.

You might want to read David Pye’s books on design and craftsmanship –
classic stuff.

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 12:51 AM

Thanks everyone for your good advice.
I definitely have a bunch to think about now and to work with.
...and I have heard David’s book is a REALLY good read.
Think I’ll have to put it on my wish list on amazon.

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 01:06 AM

I’m a pro.
I use a focus group of select individuals that give me feedback and critics on my designs.

-- 温故知新

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 01:24 AM

If you’re working in a “style”, then there are rules, some general and some quite specific. If on the other hand you want to exercise your creativity and push the traditional envelope, there really are no rules. It becomes art and how it is perceived will be dependent on the viewer.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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