Marvel reached out to Perception to create unique screen graphics for Thor: The Dark World. The team’s specialty of combining real world design and forward thinking was perfect for the task at hand. The screens were for Jane Foster’s (Natalie Portman) home-brewed devices. Perception designed an energy reader, gravity reader, and a navigation device. The interfaces had to look utilitarian and somewhat archaic, while still aesthetically interesting.

jane foster’s tech

inspiration

Knowing the type of personality Jane’s character represented we started our inspiration gathering within real world technologies, finding insights from military interfaces, scientific diagrams and environmental software.

early conceptual development

Once we had our inspiration, we needed to get into the mind of Jane by sketching and conceptualizing ideas that felt authentic to her expertise and limited budget. These are some of our early frameworks for her devices and how they work.

 

Because of the Marvel pecking order of “cool UI,” Jane Foster is at the lower tier – or “genius on a budget.” Perception approached the three designs as a family of devices all living in the same aesthetic world while appearing as if she built them with spare Radio Shack parts and technology she created in her lab.

 

motion studies and gravitational field investigations

Once Marvel decided on the designs they wanted to use throughout the film we needed to create prototypical animations that showed how the devices worked and the logic behind them to move the plot forward.

 

design refinements of foster tech

After sending the prototypes to Marvel they had the opportunity to add input and make revisions based on the script what actions needed to happen on the screen. We then refined our animations and followed specific timings to the story being told, to reinforce the story to the audience of Jane using these devices to track and destroy the villains.

final thor the dark world montage

It is always an honor to partner with Marvel, and Perception is very proud to have helped develop the UI design for all of Jane Foster’s home-brewed devices. In just a few short weeks, three unique, fully designed handheld devices were created that might have saved the world! Be sure to check out the rest of Perception’s work in Thor: The Dark World!

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