The incredible science-fiction artist Syd Mead has passed away at the age of 86.

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If you love science-fiction, you love Syd Mead. And even if you don’t, you’re probably familiar with dude’s work. Unfortunately, said dude has sloughed the mortal coil at the age of 86.


Syd Mead, the “visual futurist” and concept artist known for his design contributions to sci-fi films such as Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Aliens and Blade Runner, passed away on December 30, as announced by Autoline’s John McElroy on Facebook. He was 86.

McElroy wrote, “He was one of the greatest designers and futurists of of our times. Syd Mead passed away this morning. His work and influence will outlive him forever.”

Mead was set to receive the Art Directors Guild’s William Cameron Menzies Award during the Guild’s 24th Annual Awards on February 1, 2020 in Downtown Los Angeles.

“Syd Mead has played a pivotal role in shaping cinema with his unique ability to visualize the future. His visions and illustrations of future technological worlds remain as a testament to his vast imagination. Mead is one of the most influential concept artists and industrial designers of our time,” said ADG president Nelson Coates to THR.