The Task

The Minimoog synthesizer was designed by Bill Hemsath and Robert Moog and released in 1970. The main goal with it was to create a compact and powerful synthesizer, that would include the main parts of a modular synthesizer. Later, the Minimoog surpassed its original purpose and became a distinctive and popular instrument in its own. When we were tasked to create a maximally realistic illustration of the Minimoog, that should be used in an application UI after, we were really inspired and excited. The job promised so much new experience, because recreating a design, maximally close to a real-life object, is always a blast.

The Solution

Good UI always adapts to the user and his needs. Because of this, one of the attributes of a good UI is scalability: user interface elements should have appropriate sizes on large and on small screens. Keeping this in mind, we started my work on the illustration. Scalability means vector, and this means, all the control elements — piano keys, on-off switches, regulators, light bulbs, literally everything — should be created in vector. When every detail was created, the principles of perspective and shadow making were considered and applied. Every detail was designed including different control states, so it can be easily implemented in the future UI.
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Everything is vector.


Minimoog in the wild. Images from perfectcircuitaudio.com

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