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The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist

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Syd Mead is one of the most accomplished and widely respected artists and industrial designers alive today. His career boasts an incredible array of projects from designing cars to drafting architectural renderings, but he is most famous for his work as a concept artist on some of the most visually arresting films in the history of cinema. Since working on Star Trek: The ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Titan Books (UK)
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Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A little history now - my brother has always been the creative one and while at college he was introduced to the works of Syd Mead. Now a lot of these books he borrowed are now fantastically expensive collectors items (oh don't I know as I have spent years tracking them down for him but that is another story) - but Syd Mead is a legend in some circles - not an artist of science fiction is a futurist - much of his work was done behind closed doors as he did a lot of commissioned work for various ...more
Despite the cool artwork and amazing designs that are jam-packed with detail and innovation that set the standard for everyone else, this is a disappointing book.

Most of the film and TV show (and one amusement park) designs are given short shrift, many of them only a single page. The one truly deep dive, from Blade Runner, is stuff that’s been showcased before. The new things are too brief to get a handle on, with the possible exception of never-filmed live-action The Jetsons TV series.

Tim Lapetino
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is both a triumph and disappointment.

I absolutely love Syd Mead's work and was excited when this book was announced, as I was thrilled to get what I hoped would be a very complete record of his futurist-styled movie design and concept work. Other previous volumes are expensive and out-of-print, so I pre-ordered this sight-unseen, expecting that it would be the definitive monograph of the artist.

Sadly, that's not so. It was a great collection of many films (both released and cancelled)
C.J. Bunce
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Syd Mead, the famed “artist who illustrates the future,” is an icon of visionary design and illustration. No other creator has shown the world a utopian vision of a possible future in so many ways. At the same time he has created a world we want to see develop that lies ahead, we have seen his future begin to be realized. His aerodynamic designs have influenced auto design in recent decades from car makers including Chrysler, Ford, and GM. He has created
Steve Rainwater
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A nice collection of Syd Mead's later work done for motion pictures.

While I'm a big fan of Syd Mead's early work, it's often hard to obtain books of those periods. This book had the advantage of still being in print and thus inexpensive. It contains samples of Mead's work for movies including Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Aliens, 2010, Tron, Short Circuit, Elysium, and Johnny Mnemonic. There's also art from lesser known movies and movies that never made it past the proposal stage
Gabriele Cuscino
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not a complete work nor a great mix of Mead's amazing and groundbreaking concept art pieces, but this is the most affordable (and easy to find) book, comprehensive of the most important movies (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Aliens, Blade Runner, Tron, etc.)

If you don't have anything else of Syd Mead for the above mentioned reasons, consider this a must buy.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable visual overview of cinema icon Syd Mead's design work for decades of film, with complementary text. Beautifully designed, with thorough coverage of his well known, important projects alongside brief but enlightening sections on lesser known and cancelled or never produced films. Essential for followers and lovers of genre film design.
Mark Bieraugel
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice overview of Mead's production artwork for films and theme parks, including unfinished projects.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not quite the flavor of futurism I wanted, but cyber-punk interesting nonetheless.
Kiel Bryant
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Starloss because: something of a rehash —and—written by someone else, someone lacking Sydney's wit. ...more
Taylor Richardson
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good Inspiration, mostly cars.
Vegan Jon
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
As I imagined. Superb.
In wish it was chronological though. Very cool to see cancelled projects. He was a great talent.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-design
Best book ever <3
Paul Hartzog
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty cool. Decent bits of art and not a bad bit of text either.
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Sydney Jay Mead, commonly Syd Mead (born July 18, 1933), is an American industrial designer and neofuturistic concept artist, widely known for his designs for science-fiction films such as Blade Runner, Aliens and Tron. Mead once said, "I've called science fiction 'reality ahead of schedule.'"

Mead's work has received wide note, and, in 2017, Curbed called Mead "the artist who illustrates the