Syd Mead is a industrial designer, concept art and so-called "visual futurist" by his industry peers. He has created designs for Blade Runner, Tron, Star Trek, Aliens — all of which are not included in this volume except a bit on Tron (the game) — and other movie and entertainment projects. He's born in 1933 but still churning out really high quality work for his age.
This is large format squarish art book with 176 pages. It comes in paperback and hardcover, with the latter costing more than twice as much. Publisher Design Studio Press printed everything with glossy paper.
Inside, the gallery of work featured are the concept designs and illustrations for various movies, commercial projects and games. There are architectural style drawings ranging from restaurants to city scenes to underground bunkers, robot designs for Turn A Mobile Suit Gundam, futuristic designs of vehicles, production design for movies like Mission Impossible III, and even some of his personal doodles and cartoons. Everything is printed large.
The concept designs are cool, especially those of interiors and transportation vehicles. They are meticulously drawn with architectural style lines with controlled colour schemes that you can easily identify. Everything looks very refreshing and unique, unlike any other stuff I've seen from other artists. There's also plenty of first-person commentary from Syd Mead talking about the projects, his ideas and how he created them.
It's certainly the book to check out if you're into futuristic concept or industrial design.
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