More than his vast fortune or rocket-soled boots or even Pepper Potts, the thing I envy most about Tony Stark are his computers. Here's a video of how motion design company Prologue perfected Tony's fantastic holographic interfaces.
Motionographer has a veritable treasure trove of photos and video from Prologue, showing how every element of Stark's UI in Iron Man 2 was tirelessly tweaked.
And it shows. Alongside those of Minority Report and maybe Quantum of Solace, the interfaces in Iron Man 2 are among the most thrilling and memorable I've seen in any movie. These types of interactions are still the stuff of the future—though maybe not as distant a future as you'd think—but it makes them no less exciting to see on the screen.
It's not just that it's fun to watch, either; these types of imaginative interfaces push us to consider that the way we interact with computers can have a profound impact on what we do with computers. As Justin Cone at Motionographer says, "Yeah yeah, it's "just" fiction, but it's edifying nonetheless. It points to the very real fact that many of the challenges facing contemporary society today can benefit from-or perhaps even by solved through-graphics." Check out more of Prologue's beautiful work for Iron Man 2 over to Motionographer. [Prologue via Motionographer]