Syd Mead Designed the Future of Science Fiction Films

  • Variety
Syd Mead Designed the Future of Science Fiction Films
The spinner police car in 1982’s “Blade Runner,” the light cycles of “Tron,” “futuristic Las Vegas” in “Blade Runner 2049” and the “USS Sulaco” in “Aliens” are indelible images of cinema, all from the imagination of the late Syd Mead, who died last month at the age of 86. You might not be aware of his name, but you’ve seen his work.

Mead was the mastermind concept artist and illustrator who played a pivotal role in designing the futuristic world of films and transportation in many blockbusters.

He graduated from the Art Center School of Los Angeles (now the Art Center College of Design), and began his career creating concept cars for Ford in its advanced styling center.

Not long after that, Mead would soon move into the world of film, where he could fully realize his futuristic vision.

Mead made his film debut in 1978 on “Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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