Fake UI


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One day, an incredibly illuminating secret history is sure to be written about the many naïve aspirations and cynical assumptions hidden in the fictional user interfaces (FUI) that TV and movies have been putting in front of audiences for the past thirty years or so. The first step is to start identifying the specimens and collecting them so that we can see them in aggregate.

This tumblr blog, Fake UI, does a decent job of keeping abreast of recent entries to the genre. There’s also Kit FUI, which catalogs these examples into an IMBD-like database. Also see Andy Baio’s trove of 1,200 screen captures of FUIs from 47 movies, which he wrote about here and which can be browsed here.


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