Sure, not all of them are practical, but I’d personally sell my kidneys for the Bumblebee-themed helmet below.
I can’t help but reinforce my point that Midjourney and other similar AI art generators are incredible ideas tools. Within seconds, they throw out inspirational images that can sometimes be taken directly and often indirectly as design input. Not everything the AI bots do is ‘usable’ in industrial design, but it does a good job of boiling down the concept generation phase from weeks to a single minute, whether you’re creating concept images for Tesla’s hypothetical Cyberbike, or sneakers Marvel themed Nike. These superhero-themed helmets are quite similar in nature. Designed by Instagram user Coldstar Art, these futuristic helmets are inspired by popular cinematic legends that span multiple universes. Not all of them are great to wear, but all of them are great to look at!
Designer: Coldstar Art
The first two helmets are in Hasbro’s Transformers-verse, with Bumblebee’s helmet above, and Megatron’s below. The former helmet clearly borrows from the friendly head design of the black and yellow robot, albeit with a larger visor, while the latter has all the features of a Decepticon, the split helmet design is reminiscent of Megatron’s face , which has multiple moving parts, and the gun metal finish just makes the helmet look brilliant.
We’re now dipping our toes into the MCU, with Punisher’s helmet above, and Deadpool’s below. The Punisher helmet looks unapologetically badass, with its skull-inspired design and breather on the front where you’d expect the mouth to be. Grille lines make it look like the teeth of the Punisher logo, and the rest of the helmet looks like an exoskeleton with a skeleton accent! Moving on into slightly more familiar territory, the helmet below pays homage to our favorite deal with a mouth, Deadpool. The headgear is almost instantly recognisable, with its red and black colorway, and those big expressive eye cutouts, although unlike Deadpool’s mask, which is made of fabric, this hard hat can make an impact. Deadpool-meets-Deathstroke, maybe?
Sure, these two helmets look very familiar, but let’s just say Midjourney took some creative liberties with them. You have a green Iron Man helmet on top, and a purple and gold Iron Man helmet on the bottom. I’ll be honest, the green helmet doesn’t feel right. There’s something very unsettling when I look at that helmet in green, though the purple+gold helmet sort of feels weird in a Thanos-meets-Tony-Stark kind of way. Maybe a conceptual helmet for Thanos’ Buster suit?
We’re nearing the end of this list with two Power Ranger helmets for good measure. The helmets feel really natural as the superheroes also wore helmets, but Midjourney didn’t really pull any stops, giving the headgear flaps/horns on top that make the helmets look more edgy. Both helmets also demonstrate one of Midjourney’s most fundamental flaws – the inability to maintain basic symmetry with its artistic generation. The grid on top of the visor on the blue helmet seems to be off center, and the purple helmet on the left side doesn’t even seem to have a matching set of horns.
Our final helmet is probably the most recognizable yet, after the Marvel helmets. Meet the Predator Helmet – it looks rustic with its stony, rasta-futuristic finish and dreadlocks, and it’s the kind of helmet you don’t want to see in your rearview mirror… certainly not if you identify as a foreigner!