Your Favourite Visual Style for Cyberpunk? [Poll]

Neon Dystopia has been growing. Whether we’re talking about the size of the team, the number of articles produced, the traffic heading to the website, or the projects we have in the pipeline. Everything is moving onwards and upwards! We really appreciate all of you reading, sharing and commenting on our stuff.

We’re at a point where we need your help in shaping Neon Dystopia’s future.

We’ve been discussing (behind-the-scenes) how to fund the site and to fill any gaps that exist for the community in terms of cyberpunk content, media or products. One potential avenue is ‘merchandise’. We’re not talking about t-shirts with our faces on (unless you wanted them!), but cool cyberpunk-inspired designs from talented artists from across the world.

The great thing about cyberpunk is that it’s a broad genre, depending on your definition. The difficulty is that this means you can have visual styles that vary a great deal from one to the other. In order to get a better idea of how you see cyberpunk – visually or artistically – we’d like to get your opinion!

Take a look at the visual styles below and let us know which ones you like.

 1. Clean, minimal, geometry, sci-fi.

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2. Neo-80’s, retro-futuristic.

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3. Glitch.

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4. Comic, cartoon, manga.

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If you would like to share your opinion (interested in different products? are there other distinct styles? know of a good designer?), please comment below.

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Written by Zymepunk
Zymepunk was drawn into the world of cyberpunk by Deus Ex and Blade Runner and now looks both back and forwards in time for anything that may come close to those masterpieces.
7 Comments
  1. Is it just me, or is a major visual style missing – the tech noir aesthetic (Tex Murphy, Blade Runner, Minority Report etc.)? For lack of a better option, you could say retro-futuristic is the closest one, although the samples provided are way too neon/colourful.

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    • You’ve raised a good point. How do you think that would best translate into a standalone design (or designs), though?

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      • (copying my comment I just posted on reddit to respectfully elaborate)
        IMHO the criteria are confusing. It seems options 1, 2 and partially 3 are based on the visual aspect – shapes and colours – while 4 is referring to the medium, so there’s not actual coherence there. Why limit it to manga and cartoon and not add live-action feature, video game etc.? I’d remove 4 completely. Instead I’d add tech noir/neo-noir aesthetic which is being missing and is quite essential. I’d leave options 1 and 2 almost as they are and I’d expand glitch to something broader to include anything heavier on the cyber aspect – electronics/networks/computer screens. So it’d be something like:
        (1) Clean / Minimal / Geometry
        (2) Neo(n)-80’s
        (3) Glitch / Electronics / Networks
        (4) Tech Noir

        To answer your question, designs like *
        http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/dystopia-cyberpunk_00353178.jpg
        http://th08.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f/2013/104/9/9/shadowrun_noir_by_jarow-d61r83d.jpg
        http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/331/b/3/neo_noir_street_by_ianllanas-d5me5q5.jpg
        which are heavier on (street) punk and darker than option (2) would fit in there. But as long as there remains the comics/manga option, I can understand why someone would get bemused between the two.

        * sorry for posting whole urls. There’s no preview button and I can’t tell if the comments allow html or bbcode.

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        • Completely agree with everything said here.

  2. I just wanted to say it’s cool to be at the site early on, following via Twitter and good luck getting it going more.

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    • We all really appreciate your support here at ND. You’ve helped us more than you can know!

      We’re still small, but we’re dedicated and hoping the growth continues.

      Stay connected!

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  3. Glitch ♡

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