Classic Macintosh Re-Imagined in Modern Fan-Made Ad

A Macintosh 128K fan has created a fun video that re-imagines the original Mac from 1984 in a modern-style advert.


The project comes from motion designer Thibaut Crepelle, who outlined the creative process behind the video in a Behance post.

I wanted to pursue my idea of creating modern motion design stuff for vintage products.
For this piece, since everything is a learning experiment, I wanted to tackle a bit of UI and "animated modeling."

Today, its cubic design, its cute launch icon are elements well established in the computer horizon, and I wanted to pay an homage to that classic piece of hardware.

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The Macintosh 128K was introduced in the now-famous "1984" Super Bowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott, but Crepelle sought to match the vibrant, punchy Apple ads of today using a range of software and resources from Figma to replicate the classic Mac's UI and high-resolution animations that synchronized with the music.

Crepelle also included a number of easter eggs in the video, such as macOS Monterey's wallpaper and the gradient used on Apple's "One More Thing" Mac event graphics.

Top Rated Comments

AngerDanger Avatar
12 months ago
The title made me think it was a modernized M1 classic Macintosh. It's only a matter of time before someone puts an M1 in a salvaged, retrobrighted Macintosh case, but so far the closest I've seen was an M1 in a G4 Cube.

Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
12 months ago
This is so cool! I love it. Pure classic.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Billnsandi Avatar
12 months ago

The title made me think it was a modernized M1 classic Macintosh. It's only a matter of time before someone puts an M1 in a salvaged, retrobrighted Macintosh case, but so far the closest I've seen was an M1 in a G4 Cube.


I built one for my wife for Christmas. 128k Mac with an M1 Mac Mini inside and a small lcd screen harvested from an lcd monitor. It has functional classic keyboard and mouse as well.

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Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nuno Lopes Avatar
12 months ago
Fantastic! Made me remember lots of fun back than.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
orangeslice Avatar
12 months ago
is that an hhkb attached to that mac? pretty sure it is :p

A close up picture
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0769/4313/products/Macintosh_512k_Plus_Keyboard_Restoration_RetroFixes_009d396f-9784-4f98-aceb-86351bff3af4_1024x1024.jpg?v=1507909888

How Jobs felt about extra keys
http://laydros.freeshell.org/docs/stevekeys.html

HHKB in case you don't know what it is
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Hacking_Keyboard
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lordkythe Avatar
12 months ago

I suspect the video creator is French where period (.) is used instead of comma (,) as the thousands separator.... so, unless it’s tongue-in-cheek (either you or the video creator), no discount really ?
Actually in French, the space is used instead of comma for thousands separator. The period is not used at all, the comma is used for decimals.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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