The Marvel Cinematic Universe gave us many iconic screen visuals, not least of which was the Head Up Display on the inside of Tony Stark’s helmet, AKA Iron Man. Inspired both by real-world military hardware and sci-fi effects that had come before, namely the A-10 fighter jet and 2001 a Space Odyssey, this piece of futuristic UI work is instantly recognisable and endlessly referential to interface design.

Why we like it

As a depiction of advancement just beyond currently existing technology, the Iron Man HUD is exactly what we would expect an armoured, lethal suit of wearable gadgetry to have – wrapping around the face of the wearer and presenting information at an almost subconscious level.

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