If you don't know Syd Mead, you know his work. He had a hand in crafting some of the most gorgeous, iconic, dystopian environments in cinema history, including Aliens, Tron, and, most famously, Blade Runner. And today is his birthday.
Every time you see one what people from decades ago thought the future would look like, you're reminded that what happened in reality wasn't nearly as impressive as what people envisioned.
At some point US Steel decided they wanted to be supercool and impress all the cool steel-buying kids, so they did something very smart: they hired futurist Syd Mead to make a bunch of paintings showing a utopian future. Built from steel. With lots of great steel cars.
Neill Blomkamp blew our minds with District 9, and now he's back with Elysium. We talked to concept artists and the movie's VFX producer to find out how they imagined a future space station, with the help of legendary designer Syd Mead. Here's our exclusive look inside the design of Neill Blomkamp's Elysium!
Syd Mead's Land Yacht was commissioned by Playboy Magazine as the ultimate go-anywhere, do-anyone ride in an alternate Blade Runner-meets-Ladies Man future. Despite the 70's look, its predictions of modern driving technology are surprisingly accurate.