Steampunk is building steam! Its DIY projects are featured on YouTube and Burning Man is alight with steampunk-inspired art. Even the mainstream media is catching on. But what is this whimsical phenomenon, and why has it suddenly seized the zeitgeist?
Simply put, steampunk seeks to humanize the modern technological experience by resurrecting overlooked technologies and design elements from bygone centuries: Jules Verne meets Steve Jobs. In the process, its enthusiasts are creating an entirely new aesthetic that's influencing fashion, design, and literature.