Skip to main content

Tour Hollywood's craziest computer UIs, from '2001' to 'The Matrix'

Tour Hollywood's craziest computer UIs, from '2001' to 'The Matrix'

Share this story

One of the great joys of watching most sci-fi movies is checking out the computer interfaces dreamed up by the film's designers. Usually, the designers don't have to worry about making it work from a practical perspective as long as it looks futuristic, high-tech, and — above all else — cool. If you enjoy these made-up interfaces as much as we do, you'll be ecstatic with the link shared today by Wired writer and Waxy.org writer / curator Andy Baio: a server with more than 1,200 screenshots of computer interfaces pulled from a variety of old movies

You'll find shots from classics like Hackers, 2001, Alien, Jurassic Park, The Matrix, AI, and many more right here. It's a pretty fascinating look at the wildly different ways designers choose to make shots of a screen more interesting and "futuristic." We've posted a quick selection of some favorites below, but you'll really want to get lost in Baio's archive to get the full experience.