the syd mead project

Syd Mead painting

Syd Mead - Futurist Extraordinaire Syd Mead has been designing futuristic concepts for corporations and the movies (including Blade Runner and Tron) since the '60s. I've been getting a lot of great ideas from Mead's first book, Sentinel, published in 1979. Not only is it a cool visual resource, much of his work from this era now has an added "retro future" funkiness. As the housing system pictured above demonstrates, he painted using a slick, detailed method that made the future seem fresh, clean and thrilling. Here's a gallery of other Mead images from the book. Enjoy.

- Matt Hinrichs

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