I wasn't quite too sure what to expect when I received the press
release for the presentation "Inspired Imagination: Visual Futurist
Syd Mead." Upon further investigation I realized that a visual
futurist wasn't as tripped out as I originally thought it to be, in
fact, Mead's work is nothing short of amazing.
Last night I attended the presentation and was completely taken aback
by Meads' works. Perhaps you've seen Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron,
Mission Impossible 3?
Meads' worked on the conceptual design of these
projects and coined the title "visual futurist" to appropriately term
Mead, 74, has as much vigor for his craft as a person half his age.
Since the late '50s he has used his craft as an illustrator to design
futuristic paintings and vehicles in sci-fi flicks, among other
things. One job he has done, but failed to mention during the lecture,
was that of designing the robot in Short
He calls what he does concept art, and it is fitting for him to term
it this. His illustration of the Time Bubble, which is a
time-traveling device, was accompanied with an explanation as to how
it would work.
Towards the end of the lecture, he included a quote concerning a
method of creativity he lives by, "Being creative involves the ability
to stand 'off side' and watch yourself invent ideas ..."
For more information on Syd Mead visit his website, this
hasn't even scratched
the surface of his work.