What is HipsterWars?

HipsterWars is an academic research project related to clothing styles. Currently we are collecting data on 5 style categories -- Hipster, Goth, Preppy, Pinup and Bohemian. With enough user participation we hope to be able to train automatic algorithms to recognize styles in how people dress. HipsterWars is a completely non-commercial, free to use website, intended for research use only.

A quick guide


Playing HipsterWars is crazy easy! You do not need to login and it's completely free. Just go to Play, choose your favorite style category, and start clicking. In each game you are presented with a pair of photos and asked a question regarding their clothing style, e.g. "Which image is more hipster?". There is no incorrect answer! Just click on the photo that you believe reflects the style best. If you can't decide between the photos, just click the "=" button and you will be presented with a fresh pair of photos. After you play, you'll be shown current status of each photo (as determined by other users). If you have any questions or suggestions please don't hesitate to shoot us an email here.


If you want to enter your own photo into the tournament you must login first. You can create an account or login here. You can upload photos from your laptop, tablet, or other gadgets, or simply take one with your smartphone and upload it to the HipsterWars server. Associate your image with a title and check at least one of the style categories so we know which tournament to enter it into. Once you have uploaded your image, we will review it for content and upon approval (this may take a few days) it will be entered into a HipsterWars tournament. All the photos you upload are stored in your profile page so you can access them later and see how they are faring in the wars.


You can find the highest and lowest ranked photos for each style category on the Rankings page. These ranking are updated interactively based on the most recent inputs from players.


If you have any questions, suggestions for adding new features or have found bugs on our website please send an email on Contact page.


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