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
, Mission Impossible 3
? Meads' worked on the conceptual design of these projects and coined the title "visual futurist" to appropriately term his profession.
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 Circuit
. 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 budding critic hasn't even scratched the surface of his work.