Syd Mead

Syd Mead

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name = Syd Mead

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birth_date = birth date and age|1933|7|18
birth_place = St. Paul, MN
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Sydney Jay Mead, commonly Syd Mead, (born July 18, 1933 in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States) is an industrial designer best known for his vehicle designs in science-fiction films such as "Blade Runner", "Aliens", and "Tron". In much of his film work, he is billed as a "visual futurist" or "conceptual designer".

Career history

* 1959: Employed by Ford Motor Company's Advanced Styling Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
* 1960–1961: Working at Ford Motor Company Styling in Detroit, Michigan.
* 1961: Makes futuristic paintings for a US Steel booklet.
* 1970: Starts own company, Syd Mead, Inc.
* 1976: Book of designs "Sentinel" published.
* 1978: Works on "" (V'ger design)
* 1980: Begins work on "Blade Runner" (city background designs, vehicle design) and "Tron" (lightcycle, tank, solar sailer, and carrier designs).
* 1983: Works on "2010" (Leonov spaceship design).
* 1985: Works on "Aliens" ("Sulaco" design) and "Short Circuit" ("Johnny" robot design). Book "Oblagon" published.
* 1986: Works on "Short Circuit" (robot design).
* 1987: Designs space cruisers, fighters, props, and costumes for the Japanese animation "Yamato 2520".
* 1991: "Kronolog" design book (compilation of "Kronovecta", "Kronoteco", and "Kronovid" books) published.
* 1991: Designs backgrounds and spacecraft for the video game "Terraforming" (1992, PC-Engine DUO, Japan), also known as "Syd Mead's Terraforming" (1993, TurboDuo, North America).
* 1993: Designs vehicles for the computer game "CyberRace".
* 1994: Works on designs for "Timecop" (guns, time machine) and "Strange Days" ("sim-stim" deck and headgear).
* 1995: Designs vehicles for the SegaSaturn game "Gran Chaser" aka "Cyber Speedway" ("CyberRace"'s sequel).
* 1997: Conceptual artist on the computer game "".
* 1998: Designs mecha for the anime "Turn A Gundam".
* 2000: Works on "Mission to Mars" (vehicle design).
* 2001: "Sentury" published.
* 2004: "DVD" drawing Step By Step 4-series.
* 2005: Works on "" (Mask Maker machine design).
* 2008: works with Gearbox Software on

External links

* [ Official site]
* [ Syd Mead entry at]
* [ Blogs in JPN]
* [ Entry for Syd Mead's Terraforming at PC-Engine Catalog Project]

NAME= Mead, Syd
SHORT DESCRIPTION= industrial designer
DATE OF BIRTH= 1933-7-18

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