While on contract for Red 5 Studios, Noel was tasked to direct and create fantasy UI motion graphics for several internal projects. Noel’s user interface concept work for Red 5’s video game development was used as a starting point for creating a newer visual style of graphics. Noel literally treated the game UI as skeletal geometry to spawn the creation of higher detail artwork. However, there were none of the usual development restrictions which usually burden “real world” UX design. So, he was free to dream up pure eye candy, as long as the graphics looked good and polished. The following shots were part of a live action game trailer. The entire shots were completed by himself, except for the 3D match move solution. View the final shots and more.

I bet you didn’t know that the teknoel logo is an ambigram. What’s an ambigram? It’s a word, art form, whose elements retain meaning when viewed or interpreted from a different direction, perspective, or orientation. Noel Rubin designed his own logo so that it reads the same thing if viewed upside down. This original logo concept was conceived in 1997.

I bet you didn’t know that the teknoel logo is an ambigram. What’s an ambigram? It’s a word, art form, whose elements retain meaning when viewed or interpreted from a different direction, perspective, or orientation. Noel Rubin designed his own logo so that it reads the same thing if viewed upside down. This original logo concept was conceived in 1997.

George Lucas must have really liked Noel’s UI screen graphics from Star Wars Episode 1 because Noel’s work reappears in Episode 3. Noel’s UI work was used as a “bash kit” and had even more screen time than their original use in Episode 1. You will find Noel’s original design and animations throughout Episode 3. The largest presence is on General Grievous’s Trade Federation Cruiser Ship. Noel’s work was also spotted in the Coruscant Senate Chamber. View Noel’s Star Wars UI motion graphics reel

And now for something completely different… It’s WEIRD TV from 2003! Noel developed this website filled with very odd user interface controls including possibly the world’s first curved scrollbar. The site is very old and uses Adobe Flash, but still neat. The director of “Weird TV” wanted an experience which was completely bizarre. For inspiration, he referenced film classics such as “Brazil”, “Twilight Zone”, and “Monty Python”. The website user experience was to be very eclectic and abstract. Most of the UI elements were Noel’s own ideas. Read more about this project on teknoel.com

And now for something completely different… It’s WEIRD TV from 2003! Noel developed this website filled with very odd user interface controls including possibly the world’s first curved scrollbar. The site is very old and uses Adobe Flash, but still neat. The director of “Weird TV” wanted an experience which was completely bizarre. For inspiration, he referenced film classics such as “Brazil”, “Twilight Zone”, and “Monty Python”. The website user experience was to be very eclectic and abstract. Most of the UI elements were Noel’s own ideas. Read more about this project on teknoel.com