Syd Mead

Visual Futurist and Concept Artist


Syd Mead is a ""visual futurist"" and concept artist, best known for his designs for science-fiction films.

Mead began his art career in 1959 at Ford Motor Company’s Advanced Styling Studio. After two years, he left the studio and began illustrating books and catalogues for large corporations, such as United States Steel, Celanese, Allis Chalmers, and Atlas Cement. In 1970, he launched Syd Mead, Inc. with Philips Electronics as his most notable client.

Mead later became involved with film design and illustration. Some of the films he has worked on include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Tron, 2010, Short Circuit, Aliens, Timecop, Johnny Mnemonic, and Mission: Impossible III.

Mead has also provided architectural renderings for many clients, including Intercontinental Hotels, 3D International, Harwood Taylor & Associates, Don Ghia, and Gresham & Smith. He has worked with many Japanese corporate clients, as well, including Sony, Minolta, Dentsu, Dyflex, Tiger Corporation, Seibu, Mitsukoshi, Bandai, NHK, and Honda. Additional clients include Disney, Carnegie Mellon University, Purdue, Pratt University, and the Society of Illustrators.

In addition, Mead has exhibited his work aorund the world through one-man shows and has contributed design work to video games.