The Devil Is In The Details

August 21, 2014

Those of you who have seen “Guardians of the Galaxy” know that it was an incredibly well-done film. For those of you who haven’t seen it, go.

The movie itself is cast well, has a great blend of action and comic relief and really goes all-out with the special effects.

But there’s one criminally overlooked aspect that I would love to spotlight: the UI design of the on-screen technology. Designed by Territory in London, the on-screen graphics throughout the film perfectly capture the high-tech and otherworldly setting of the movie.

Not only are they stylistically on-point, the level of detail and complexity is simply mind-boggling. These details needed to be thoroughly thought out; establishing a logical user-interface design and making contextual and purposeful decisions on what is being shown — and why — can make or break a movie’s continuity.

This is why I want to take a moment to highlight and appreciate them. These on-screen graphics are usually shown for mere seconds at a time, but without taking the time to establish a visual language for the film, and meticulously creating these designs in astonishing detail, the hypothetical “veil” would lift. These “small” details add a level of depth and reality that keeps the viewer immersed in the world of the Guardians.

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