Ridiculous Users Interfaces In Film, And The Man Who Designs Them

What do The Bourne Identity, Mission Impossible 3, Mr & Mrs Smith. Children of Men, and Agent Cody Banks 2 have in common? Absurd, futuristic, and totally fake software interfaces, designed in part by one man: Mark Coleran.

Designing a fake dashboard for an imagined supercomputer or a hovering control panel for a worldwide surveillance system is an entirely different process than creating a genuinely usable UI. Your goal is to imply things: that the machine is powerful; that the villain is formidable; that the software is intuitive, but that the breadth of its powers border on unknowable. At no point does real-world usability factor in, and nor should it—this is pure fantasy, for an audience raised on Start Buttons, desktop icons and tree menus.

Coleran's UIs are a mix of old and newer than new, mingling compact pixel art, wireframes and the solid, militaristic reds, blues and blacks of software from the 80s with touch-free gesture screens and overelaborate visualizations from some vague point in the future. It's the kind of stuff you take for granted in action and sci-fi films, but rounded up in one place, it's a strangely impressive, almost cohesive view of the future of software, as designed by someone with no contraints. [Mark Coleran via Metafilter]


    The best was the cookie monster virus in Hackers that showed you it was destroying all the data by eating cookies. Classic.

    I don't know whether to love the intricacy of his digital BS or hate the insult to the intelligence of everyone watching.
    But at long last i know who's responsible. Thanks, answers an oft raised question.

    Cool I always enjoyed watching these uber futuristic interfaces. The interface of Iron man was pretty awesome (but he didn't do that?)

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