Sleek Interface Designs from DeviantART

Apr 22 2010 by Hakan Nural | 27 Comments

We encounter user interfaces everywhere in our daily lives. When I look at interfaces, they always inspire me and I hope that they will inspire you too. Here are 40 creative interface designs from DeviantART for your inspiration.

1. AdvancedUI: Status Screen

AdvancedUI: Status ScreenBy ~z-design

2. Psyunit

Psyunit By ~Pureav

3. Car GUI

Car GUIBy ~upiir

4. Red Alert Interface

Red Alert InterfaceBy ~metalkid

5. DarkMatter: Subspace Remote

DarkMatter: Subspace RemoteBy ~skinsfactory

6. Quarian

QuarianBy ~SmarTramS

7. Blade alpha

Blade alpha By ~vlda

8. transformer music player

transformer music playerBy ~kidaubis

9. Minimalistic – Winamp skin

Minimalistic - Winamp skinBy ~Noergaard

10. Signal

SignalBy ~Pureav

11. Sylenth1

Sylenth1By ~s0nkite

12. GUI design – guitar combo amp

GUI design - guitar combo ampBy ~upiir

13. Holy Quran MP3 Player Skin

Holy Quran MP3 Player SkiBy ~riyaz7cp

14. POD.249

POD.249By ~ZelnickDesigns

15. what could have been

what could have beenBy ~kriptoner

16. Insignia

InsigniaBy ~Pureav

17. J.A.G.O – Grunge Interface

J.A.G.O - Grunge InterfaceBy ~screwcork

18. Soyuz Pocket Player

Soyuz Pocket PlayerBy ~kgbstyle

19. KrazyPlayer v1.4

KrazyPlayer v1.4By ~krazytim

20. V O X Windowblind

V O X WindowblindBy ~vStyler

21. Second Battle Bay Step w PSD

Second Battle Bay Step w PSDBy ~ZelnickDesigns

22. GUIFX Practice Touchscreen UI

GUIFX Practice Touchscreen UIBy ~Pureav

23. Rage Player

Rage PlayerBy ~Jonzy

24. Tangled Metal

Tangled MetalBy ~Niarbon

25. Mobile Interfaces

Mobile InterfacesBy ~actionthisday

26. leo+ player

leo+ playerBy ~leon-gao

27. mp3 player

mp3 playerBy ~DarthAcey

28. Dancida

DancidaBy ~s0nkite

29. VescoFX Provoker

VescoFX ProvokerBy ~s0nkite

30. W-Xindox

W-XindoxBy ~Shek0101

31. Mass Effect Pause

Mass Effect PauseBy ~shadowh3

32. Vtion mobile business express

Vtion mobile business expressBy ~seanking

33. SMC Interface preview

SMC Interface previewBy ~Shek0101

34. SAMSUNG dOtPHONE

SAMSUNG dOtPHONEBy ~switchu

35. The Shield Xion Skin

The Shield Xion SkinBy ~ZelnickDesigns

36. interactive 3d touch screen

interactive 3d touch screenBy ~stereolize-design

37. trying to inspire Z

trying to inspire ZBy ~verndewd

38. interface – netperformance

interface - netperformanceBy ~000joker000

39. armor-AMP

armor-AMPBy ~faris18787

40. Wusikstation 2&3

Wusikstation 2&3By ~grymmjack

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Hakan Nural is from Turkey in ─░stanbul. He is a freelance graphic designer and blogger. Check out his sites: Vectorss.com and Brushess.com. If you want to keep up with him, follow him on Twitter.

27 Comments

abhishek

April 22nd, 2010

Hi,
I like insignia the most. That looks cool and awesome.
Am I not right?

John Blasting

April 22nd, 2010

These are all horibly unusable and non-intuitive interface designs. If these actually inspire you, I feel really bad for you, and more importantly the clients you end up doing work for.

Matthew Heidenreich

April 22nd, 2010

There are some good ones in there. A lot of them seem kinda crappy though and could use some work. Overall not bad.

Armin C.

April 22nd, 2010

Not bad, but these are too game-like for my taste

Jen

April 22nd, 2010

ok when you say “sleek” … i’m assuming you mean looks only. Shouldn’t you be judging these based on their usability as well their overall looks?

Ben

April 22nd, 2010

I’m hoping that the inspiration is intended to come from the visual richness of the pieces, and their ability to show what is possible to simulate materials on the web or in an interface.

They are absolutely gorgeous in this regard.

I’ll echo John Blasting’s comment though — from a user experience standpoint, these interfaces fail a number of general usability, information architecture and use case tests.

Sid

April 22nd, 2010

LOL .. what were you thinking .. Horrible interfaces .. :P

Oliver

April 22nd, 2010

OMG! Welcome to the 90s. Horrible, the lot of them, except the samsung one.

Barry Briggs

April 22nd, 2010

I’m with John Blasting on this.

What a hideous, unusable mish-mash of OTT graphic designs that have had media player controls shoe-horned into them with little or no thought as regards their usage.

They’ve all seem to have been designed for the sake of it, as an indulgence, with no thought to their function or to clarity, usability or even common sense.

Sleek? Maybe if you still like all those Winamp skins designed by teenagers in 2002, but c’mon, this is 2010. We know better than to make everything look like a half-assed alien skin these days.

Don’t we?

Any why are they almost all media player skins? Have you not researched any other form of application?

1/10 for effort
and -400/10 for the examples shown

I expect better from 6revisions.

Owen Pellegrin

April 22nd, 2010

Most of them seem to have the “looks good but is non-functional” metric. What really sucks is when someone takes one of these ideas and actually fudges an application to use it. Stick with the controls that are familiar with users, don’t force them to learn a new set of rules for just your application!

Jacob Gube

April 22nd, 2010

I want to pop in here and say that I’m listening to your comments.

@Barry Briggs:

I expect better from 6revisions.

Good, and you should! It’s the only way we can keep on our toes and keep driving for better things.

richard carpenter

April 22nd, 2010

some of the interfaces look decent, BUT MOST of them are not so good and out-dated. if you check the dates from some of the links they go back as far as 2003.

maybe the author should of found some more up-to-date inspiration.

overall still an ok round-up

lava360blog

April 22nd, 2010

sleek and sexy. thanks for share

Young

April 22nd, 2010

I’m with everyone on that this list probably belongs on a “Who wants to be nostalgic about early 90s WinAmp” forum, not a web design blog. Even by today’s video game standards these look tacky… Of course, if your intention was to remind us how far graphic design has come from teetering array of PS gradient overlays and blending options, then you’ve succeeded.

That is not to discourage you from writing more articles, Hakan. I did spend my free time with designing stuff like this as a 15-year-old, too. There’s no shame in being stuck in the world of Tron.

Patrick Matsumura

April 22nd, 2010

Some of those designs certainly took a while to be done, but they all fail when it comes to usability. Don’t let the comments get you down Hakan. I’m sure your next posts will be “more interesting”. Don’t get me wrong, but I suspected something else as I read the title.

Jacob

April 22nd, 2010

Wow, this totally brings me back to the 90s, except these are much more refined than those Winamp 3 skins ;)

vitaliy

April 22nd, 2010

wow ))
its amasing stuff!!!

Lars

April 22nd, 2010

I’ve been looking for some great sci-fi and futuristic interface designs for inspiration. Most of these already seem very dated though. Very 90′s with loads of detail and work put into some of them but when it comes to actually trying to use it you’d end up spending half an hour trying to find the right place to click before giving up. Typically these types of interfaces are often used in TV shows or movies being played on a loop in the background on some random monitor.

Of course it’s hard to judge any interaction design based on purely a single image or mock-up but most of them are doomed to fail.

Not so much inspiration here apart from perhaps a handful of isolated UI elements, textures and colour schemes. More of a trip down memory lane than anything else.

I still haven’t found a really good futuristic interface that both looks good whilst still maintaining an acceptable usability level. I guess everybody thought the future wouldn’t have very user friendly graphical user interfaces.

Jordan Walker

April 23rd, 2010

It is the thought that counts as to what not to do when designing interfaces.

Bertrand

April 23rd, 2010

These are all visually catching but I can’t say at first glance what most of them do, hence, completly fail. Maybe use them for inspiration of some futuristic game design but, please, don’t use these kind of things anywhere else.

Web Risorsa

April 24th, 2010

All the new designers have to look at this to get inspired about the color, UI, Font and so on… It’s awesome work done…

Vasili

April 24th, 2010

The only one i like in this list is number 9 – Minimalistic winamp skin. All the rest were taken from Star Wars – episode VI.

Julie

April 25th, 2010

I’m with everyone on that this list probably belongs on a “Who wants to be nostalgic about early 90s WinAmp” forum, not a web design blog. Even by today’s video game standards these look tacky… Of course, if your intention was to remind us how far graphic design has come from teetering array of PS gradient overlays and blending options, then you’ve succeeded.

That is not to discourage you from writing more articles, Hakan. I did spend my free time with designing stuff like this as a 15-year-old, too. There’s no shame in being stuck in the world of Tron.

Larry

April 26th, 2010

Wow, this totally brings me back to the 90s, except these are much more refined than those Winamp 3 skins ;)

Rick

April 27th, 2010

Wow, this totally brings me back to the 90s, except these are much more refined than those Winamp 3 skins ;)

Jonathan

April 27th, 2010

Wow, this totally brings me back to the 90s, except these are much more refined than those Winamp 3 skins ;)

chris

April 28th, 2010

I’m with John Blasting. Except for 1 or 2 of these they are unusable. They all come from the Hollywood school of interface design: it just has to look good on screen. Design should solve a problem for the user not create more problems.

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