Blade Runner Designer Syd Mead Dies at Age 86
It is with great sadness that ComingSoon.net (via The Hollywood Reporter) must report that famed concept designer Syd Mead has passed away at age 86. He is survived by husband Roger Servick.
Mead’s work in the sci-fi genre was second-to-none, generating iconic visuals for films like Blade Runner, Tron, Aliens, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 2010, Short Circuit, Timecop, Johnny Mnemonic, Mission: Impossible III, Elysium, Tomorrowland and Blade Runner 2049. He also supplied design work for the animes Yamato 2520 and Turn A Gundam. His work was influenced by his work in industrial design, lending a reality to even the most far-flung fantsy worlds. He will most certainly be most remembered for the bleak, neon-choked city vistas of Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner, which is considered one of the most visually influential films of all-time.
A documentary on his life, titled Visual Futurist: The Art & Life of Syd Mead, came out in 2006.
Here are some of the tributes pouring in for the acclaimed artist…