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“The Future That Never Was” Design Challenge

“The Future That Never Was” Design Challenge

It looks as though DeviantART is joining in the raypunk spirit, with its latest DeviantWEAR competition given a retrofuture theme.

This regularly-held competition invites artists and designers in their community to come up with new apparel designs, with cash prizes and printed examples of their wok to distribute amongst friends and family. The winning piece is judged by the community, narrowing down from hundreds of entries.

Aspiring entrants are invited to download the t-shirt template, upload their designs and then promote it heavily until the closing date of January the 25th, since votes are based on people clicking an “I would wear this” button. From here, the top 75 entries are judged by senior DeviantART staff in order to determine the two winning designs.

The rules and process are available to view here; as is a random selection of those pieces which have been submitted to the competition category. Of course, as so often happens with DeviantART, there are a few pieces in there which bear no relevance at all to a t-shirt design…

52 Weeks; 52 Rayguns

52 Weeks; 52 Rayguns

K87 Ender
"K87 Ender" by Cory Schmitz

It begins with time travel, naturally. A secretive entity known only as ‘The Company’ is struggling with legal restrictions upon the design of its military hardware, but a loophole has been found. A representative has called for aid from the year 2257, enlisting the help of designers in our present day. Those who can help have been promised payment to their descendants, some 250 years from now. For now, we of the mere internet age (rather than that of the raygun) must simply be content with a gallery, of imaginative and quite varied raygun concepts.

Raygun52┬áis a year-long project which has been running since April – I only recently came across it myself. It’s no longer accepting submissions, but those artists who have contributed already are credited for posterity and future profiteering.

This non-profit project – which appears to be the brainchild of one Alex Griendling – can be visited upon at Raygun52.com, where it is hosted “purely for the benefit of raygun enthusiasts and The Company in 2258”.

"The Grinder" by Matt Stevens