Yesterday’s Vision Of Tomorrow’s Interfaces, In GIFs
The future of interfaces often looks just like the present, but in neon.
When Ubisoft announced Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on April 1, everyone assumed it was a joke. Retro, 16-bit style, and a plot set in the “futuristic year 2007” all indicated a prank built on nostalgia for videogames from the 1980s. But the game appears to be real, retro-futurism and all.
To design Far Cry 3, the artists had to create a computer interface that would look futuristic in the 1980s, even though the story is set six years ago:
Of course, the 80s wasn’t the only era for ridiculous sci-fi interfaces. The Awl has a great piece on how Minority Report’s interfaces, which seemed so futuristic in 2002, were just a fancy packaging of already-existing technology.
Here are some other cool interfaces from science fiction:
This image comes from the anime miniseries AD Police, a cyberpunk detective story made in 1990.
A computer that prints out what looks like electrical schematics on receipt paper.
Here is a image of a backlit keyboard from 1988’s Akira.
All these animated .gifs come from the “Futuristic User Interface” tag at VisualPunker’s tumblr. There are plenty more to check out.