Post 2 – 2024 Upcycling Aesthetic: Cyberpunk Tech

An eye catching aesthetic for me has always been futuristic technology. There are many elements in this kind of aesthetic, but I am focusing on exposed electronics and a bright color pallet. I really enjoy the innovative designs that the Cyberpunk tech aesthetic has. Usually, there are many components involved in each device. A key aspect seems to be the use of bolts throughout the artifacts. Unlike the sleek aesthetic we have now with our technology, Cyberpunk tech seems to have more of a maximalist look to it. There are multiple parts that need to be attached together. A lot of the time there are wires exposed and words covering the artifacts. The following image is a great example of this aesthetic.

Camera – @an_impropbable_future

The artist behind these designs and many others is an industrial designer who uses designs created by AI to envision what the future may look like. This design is something that I would like to replicate. I like the worn look to it as well. It adds more depth to the device and shows how useful it is and how much its been used. The utilization of the different lenses, knobs, ports, and wires give us a unique feel to the device that I wish to replicate. The bottom image also seems to have a face on the display. I am not sure what I want my device to do, but a simple face like the one showed here is something I would like to do.

Device – @an_impropbable_future

The  image below has another representation of the aesthetic I am trying to replicate. I really like the how unfinished the device looks. There are different electronics being used to create something better. The remote taped to the side of the headset is something I really like about the design. Regardless of how useful it is, it looks like this was built on the go. The wires coming out of the Raspberry Pi looking hardware, gives it a cool unfinished look to it. I have also noticed that there is usually a screen of some sort displaying data. This is also something I want to have in my artifact. The lights and LEDs also give the artifacts more intricate designs.

Finn Communicator – Luca Pascal

To accomplish this aesthetic, I will be using a combination of various recycled electronic hardware and some 3D printing. I am currently working with the Aurora Public Schools IT department and have access to tons of discarded electronics. Depending on how interactive I want this to be, I will try to include as many buttons, knobs, and lights as I can. Overall I am excited to get this project started. The integration of the different hardware is exciting but daunting at the same time.

Phone booth – Philip Buckland

DEATHLOOP – Maxime Goichot

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  • Hey Alexis,

    Your blog post on the Cyberpunk tech aesthetic caught my attention. Your vivid description of the elements, particularly the exposed electronics, bright color palette, and maximalist look, painted a clear picture of the futuristic vibe you’re aiming for. I resonated with your appreciation for the worn and utilized appearance, finding depth and character in the artifacts.

    Wishing you the best as you dive into this project! I’m eager to follow along and see the impressive result you’re sure to achieve.

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    • Alexis Cisneros
      February 7, 2024 7:46 am

      Hi Jon, thank you for your comment! I am glad you liked the post and appreciate the aesthetic as much as I do. Hopefully I can come up with something solid.

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  • Hi Alexis, this concept and aesthetic is really cool. I love the cobbled together look as well as the blending of retro and future aesthetics. This kind of reminds me of something that you might see in a game like Fallout. I think it would be super interesting if your artifact were interactive in some way, but I understand that that could be a ton of work. Looks awesome!

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    • Alexis Cisneros
      February 7, 2024 7:49 am

      Hi Max, thank you for the comment! I am definitely going to try to make it interactive. I’ve been thinking about including a discarded iPad that will show something like the images in the post. I am not too sure how that will work as of now, but I am optimistic for it.

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  • Jason Allshouse
    February 4, 2024 10:52 am

    Hi Alexis, I really enjoyed your post. You perfectly explained multiple aspects of an aesthetic that I have never previously heard of. I am looking forward to seeing your completed project! I also like the links you provide for the images, I’m going to try to figure out how to do that on my next post as well. Only thing I would like to see different is more images! This aesthetic is really cool and I would enjoy having more pictures to look at in the post. Overall great job!

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    • Alexis Cisneros
      February 7, 2024 7:59 am

      Hi Jason, thank you for your comment! For the links, I just typed out the username and imbedded a link to the text. I can definitely assist if you need some help. I also added a few more images per your request.

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