What do you do as a second act after creating one of the most beautiful iOS games in history? If you’re Ustwo, the devs behind the Cult of Mac favorite Monument Valley, the answer is simple: you redesign the car dashboard.
Yes, you read that correctly.
It might be a long way from the M.C. Escher-inspired iPad puzzle game, but Ustwo has teamed up with the company Car Design Research to create a prototype for a simplified in-car display that shows only the information you need at the time you need it. And, unsurprisingly, it looks spectacular.
“The instrument cluster as a feedback element has remained fundamentally unchanged since instruments first appeared in cars,” says the Ustwo website. “Even today with LCD clusters, such as in the Mercedes S-Class, we see the skeuomorphic recreation of these mechanical dials in digital form. There are some good reasons for this, such as consistency, familiarity, brand perception and so on but we feel this ought to be challenged.”
Fuel, for instance, will show before you’ve started moving, thereby letting you work out if you’ve got enough juice in the tank to complete the journey you’re setting out to make. When you start moving, this gauge will then replaced by speed and gears, while putting your vehicle in reverse will prompt the rear-view camera. As with iOS Notifications, alerts about school zones or slippery roads will pop up when and where necessary.
The concept is still in prototype, but Ustwo is making the code available on GitHub in the hope that users will offer constructive criticism. It’s certainly an exciting concept, and Ustwo have produced some great non-game concepts in the past, like these gorgeous watch faces for Android Wear.
You can read our original behind-the-scenes look at Monument Valley here.