Artist & Futurist Syd Mead Dead at 86

Artist, futurist, industrial designer and art director Syd Mead has died. From Polygon:

Mead is best known as a concept artist on science fiction films like Blade Runner. After working in the motor vehicle industry for some time, Mead worked as a production illustrator on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, on which he famously designed V’ger. One of his most cited work, however, was the futuristic design he employed for Blade Runner — his version of Los Angeles, and the vehicles that populated it, would become iconic and emboss a vision of the future designers would return to time and time again.

His work is impossible to quantify. We bow our heads.


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