Film, Anime Designer Syd Mead Announces Retirement

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Artist worked on Turn A Gundam, Yamato 2520 in addition to Blade Runner, Tron, more

Designer, illustrator, and artist Syd Mead announced on his website and through a video on the Fireball Publishing blog on Wednesday that he is retiring.

Mead was born in Minnesota in 1933, and is most famously known as a neofuturist conceptual artist and an industrial designer. He worked on such films as Blade Runner, Aliens, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Short Circuit, Time Cop, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Johnny Mnemonic, and Tron. More recently he worked on the Elysium film.

In 1983, Mead started working with Japanese corporate clients, including Bandai, Sony, Dentsu, Minolta, NHK, Honda, and more. He provided designs for the unfinished Yamato 2520 video anime, as well as eight mecha designs in the Turn A Gundam series. He also worked on a proposed live-action Gundam film from Lionsgate in the 1980s that never moved forward.

Source: Syd Mead's website

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