I’ve built myself a framed set of imaginary software.
This is not available to buy in the shops. Mostly because some of the artwork is not my copyright. All the parts are listed if you want to build it yourself.
- What a “classic” floppy label looks like, and what you remember it looking like, can be two different things.
- I also can’t afford a colour printer – so I stuck with black & white on colourful floppies.
- I’m not a graphic designer. Thankfully, neither were most of the people who designed floppy labels back in the day. If graphic design is your passion, feel free to improve these!
- The labels don’t have the rounded corners of proper labels.
GLaDOS – from Portal
Bandersnatch – from Netflix’s Bandersnatch
I used an open source Teletext Font called Bedstead rather than the more corporate Courier.
Holly – from Red Dwarf
A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer – from The Diamond Age
Janet – from The Good Place
Polybius – from the arcade
Mother – from Alien
I made great use of this excellent article about the typography of Alien.
WOTAN – from Doctor Who
This was a difficult one to get right. The font is not Westminster!
Just noticed the War Machines title font isn't one of the regular typefaces I assumed it was. Was it specially made? pic.twitter.com/JIyFLlGl8d
— Clayton Hickman (@claytonhickman) March 25, 2016
I grabbed the title card and manually recreated the font.
WOPR – from War Games
A slightly modified copy of the games list from WOPR. Using a reconstructed font
Originally, I thought about making disks of Vapourware. Things like “Commander Keen: The Universe Is Toast!” and “Half-Life 2: Episode Three” – but I really couldn’t find enough good titles.
So, I asked on Twitter:
Which fictional bit of software would you like a copy of?
(As in some program you've seen in books, TV, films, songs, etc.)
— Terence Eden (@edent) September 8, 2020
Some of the suggestion were brilliant, but a bit hard to implement. What does the software disk for Blade Runner’s Zoom Enhance look like?
Famous Movie Floppies
There are only a few popular movies which feature floppies prominently. And none looked particularly cool. Besides, there’s nothing interesting about just copying someone else’s artwork.
Here are some that I considered.
The floppies on display don’t have anything interesting written on them.
Similarly, what does The Gibson look like?
We all love Sandra Bullock, and The Net is a fine movie. But this is hardly an iconic shot.
I lol’d, but I wanted something a bit more like real software disk.
Better Than Life is an brilliant bit of software, but there are no product shots.
LCARS was a popular request. But it is so colourful, that it’s hard to show on a black and white printer.
Not sure. I’m painfully aware that most of these are AI systems, rather than discrete software. I have no need for a colour printer – so I don’t think I’ll upgrade these. And I don’t think I’m a good enough designer to make many more. So this will just sit as a curio on my wall.