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Inspiration - Futuristic Graphic User Interface Design

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Futuristic GUI design is sought after by companies in niches like electronics, software, and gaming. It's a style of design that requires intensive Photoshop skills. Let's take a look at some artists that are masters in this area of design. We'll point you in the direction of some beginner tutorials on the subject. Also, let's look at some additional resources where you can continue to be inspired and hone your skills.

Digital Art

  • Signal by Lance Thackeray

    Lance Thackeray, aka Pureav, is a seasoned graphic user interface designer. He's now running GUI.Station as well, which is a forum for GUI design (See last section). His work is amazingly detailed and his portfolio is a must see. Follow the link below to the audio player skin titled Signal.

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  • Assault Skin by Dan O'Brien

    Dan O'Brien, aka DemonDan666, creates highly detailed futuristic vBulletin skins. He does so on a regular basis working at exaltic. He has a large selection of detailed shiny interface designs and skins in his gallery. Follow the link below to see a larger image of his Assault Skin forum design.

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  • System Force Japan by Homer Yulo

    Homer Yulo is a Japanese Photoshop designer that creates intricate futuristic interface designs. His gallery features a small selection of interfaces designed with mechanical style parts and deeply glowing orbs. Follow the link below to see a larger image of the System Force Japan wallpaper.

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  • Sci-fi interface template by Anton Wiklund

    Anton Wiklund, aka karsten, creates futuristic and intricate interface website designs for gaming sites. He runs It's inspiring to see Photoshop designers filling niches like this online. Here is a link to his gallery. Below you can view his Alien Vs. Predator Interface Template closer.

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  • KrazyPlayer by Tim Silva

    The KrazyPlayer is a skin designed by Tim Silva, aka krazytim. Others helped on the design as well. The KrazyPlayer is a futuristic skin design for Winamp and won a competition. You can view Tim's gallery or jump straight to the KrazyPlayer Artwork below. Tim has started a new digital art forum called with some friends. You can also see his interface design tutorials at his site.

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  • [Design] Interface Elements - Knobs (part 1)

    This tutorial over at GUI.Station shows how to create an interface knob. It's an element meant to symbolize in this case a volume button, but the principles involved in creating it would apply to other knobs as well. "In this tutorial, the knob is most likely something you would see on a DJ rack, stereo, or anything of that style. It has an outer rotating ring with "finger grips", with a nice orb in the center displaying what it does, and the current level (in this case, volume.)"

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  • Loading Interface

    Learn some tricks and techniques while creating this loading interface. The design has a detailed plastic future feel. It's a seven part tutorial and a good place for a beginning level Photoshop user to start.

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  • Interface/Skin Design tutorial in photoshop

    Learn how to create a application interface design. It has a smooth plastic style of design. The Photoshop version covered in the tutorial goes back to version 7, but should still be relevant with modern versions of Photoshop as well.

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  • Multi-Part Interface Design Tutorials by Andrew Williams

    Andrew Williams, aka EliteSniper177, has a couple of multi-part interface design tutorials aimed at beginners. One shows you how to create a music player skin. The other shows you how to crete a detailed gear. Follow the link below to his tutorial gallery.

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Other Cool Stuff

  • GUI.Station

    This is a cool forum run by Lance Thackeray featured in the Digital Art section above. You can access the growing section of GUI tutorials and many areas of the forum. Also, if you join you can download source PSD files to analyze. Some interesting downloads include a futuristic grunge file, some helpful layer styles, and many others. Signing up is free and gives immediate access to the addition features of the site.

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  • The Skins Factory

    This is a GUI design company that creates richly detailed skins, interfaces, and more. Their portfolio showcases a variety of detailed futuristic design work in a combination of multiple styles, though a lot of their work has a plastic shiny look to it. Browse through their portfolio for some inspirational work. They fluidly combine eye-candy with functional design and have been at this for a long time. Here is the link to the project in the image shown.

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  • AREA01

    This is an exclusive Deviantart club for talented GUI designers. There are pages and pages of advanced interface and GUI design in their Gallery. It's a great place to find more talented designers working in this field. Lot's of future and retro-future GUI design can be found here.

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