Famed concept designer and visual futurist Syd Mead, who basically designed much of cinema’s concept of the future, has passed away at age 86. Mead is survived by his husband Roger Servick.
Amongst Mead’s work is his designs of the neon-soaked, smog-choked, cultural mishmashed Los Angeles of both the original “Blade Runner” and “Blade Runner 2049,” the stunning hundreds of miles wide interiors of the sentient spaceship V’Ger in “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” the internal computer world of “TRON,” the spaceships and solar systems of “2010: The Year We Make Contact,” and the Sulaco and Power Loader of James Cameron’s “Aliens”.
Other credits include “Timecop,” “Johnny Mnemonic, Mission: Impossible III,” “Short Circuit,” “Elysium” and “Tomorrowland”. Mead retired only a few months ago after six decades in the business and was set to receive the Art Directors Guild’s William Cameron Menzies Award during the Guild’s 24th Annual awards in February for his contributions on “Aliens,” “Blade Runner” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”.