Syd Mead is something of a legend in the worlds of concept design, especially in sci-fi films and videogames.
This large-format paperback presents a showcase of some of the projects he's worked on over a period of about ten years which includes a wide range of design activity; the volume is split into chapters headed design, illustration, electronic media, the movies, transportation and drawings and graphics.
There are over 200 illustrations, the vast majority in full colour with many spread across two pages. The accompanying texts on each set of illustrations is brief and informative and there is a directory at the back of the book listing the title, medium, client and year.
Mead is quite "old school" in his approach, so much of his preparatory work and completed illustrations are executed in traditional media, with some works finished off digitally. Fully realised digital work is identified in the text.
As the book only covers relatively recent work, those looking for material relating to "Blade Runner", "Aliens" or any of the other earlier films will be disappointed; the movie work featured here consists of designs for "The Core", "The Jetsons", A Sound of Thunder" and "Mission: Impossible 3" each has only a few pages with no actual production stills.
There is, however, a wealth of fine design works on display here; I think the most impressive are a series of illustrations of futuristic vehicles rendered in gouache. Mead's style is perhaps a little dated compared with some of the sci-fi illustrators on the scene now, but this is a book - given the range of subjects it covers, from watch designs to cartoons - that is well worth acquiring for anyone who appreciates imaginative concept work.
Worth shopping around for too, I might add.