Spaceship screens, superhero suits and sci-fi smartphones: designing UI for movies

TECH RADAR, DECEMBER 2016

Forget alien worlds, fast-paced galactic action and mind-bending time travel narratives. If, like us, you love technology, one of the best parts of immersing yourself in the latest big-screen sci-fi sagas is catching a glimpse of how the tech of the future might look.

Right now is an exciting time to be imagining future technology for film, because real-world tech is evolving at such a rapid pace, which gives those working in the industry massive scope when it comes to dreaming up interfaces, screens and operating systems that are heavily influenced by what we see and use every day – with a dose of the fantastical thrown in for good measure.

To learn more about how future technology is developed for the big screen, we spoke to London-based motion graphics designer Gordon Spurs, who’s currently working with MPC London on the upcoming sci-fi movie Passengers.

We wanted to find out how you go about visualizing the future, and talk about how the tech of fantasy worlds is increasingly influencing the gadgets in our day-to-day lives.