Playmobil Fun Screen

My Inspiration

I wanted to stretch the very idea of what a Fantasy UI could be. So, inspired by adult cartoons, I created a screen for the average Playmobil adult male who would love to have a simple, colorful screen in his room that can allow him to marry the love of his life without headache or complexity. The Playmobil adult in this case thinks like a 5-10 year old

How I got there

This desires a straightforward experience with large text, rounded serifs, and bulky buttons that will allow the Playmobil male to automatically marry his soulmate picked out for him by the platform. Also, the interface can by used by any adult Playmobil figure not molded with fingers. Yes, they don't have fingers. Also, I could only use a piano track since Playmobil men are beyond the scope of human adult content

Challenges

Some people found this to be either weird, cute, or hilarious. That's the exact emotion I actually wanted to convey in this fantasy UI project. I wanted to get people to think

Result

I loved working with both Cinema 4D and After Effects CC to make this video


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The next big step: comparative analysis

Playmobil figures are very similar, physically and intellectually, to other toy races and cultures such as Lego Minifigs and GI-Joes. One episode of The Simpsons I looked at for inspiration was Brick Like Me which looks at an alterative universe of Springfield where all of the characters behave and think as Lego Minifigs. Another inspiration was the UI style of the 1980s Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy BBC Series. While minifigs exhibit similar childlike sensibilities, they differ from Playmobil people in terms of tolerance of real world senarios. Playmobil people are made in Germany, and they're sold to demographics much younger than the demographis targeted by The Lego Group. Playmobil people are also made for pretend play, not construction. They're completely against the words butt, dude, awesome, and ice cream. In the world of Playmobil, topics regarding popular movies and catchphrases are an absolute no-no.


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Preliminary Compositions

I do these to get the hierarchy just right before the big red After Effects button is pushed to start the process. And once the animation is done, it goes to Vimeo.