Yesterday 30th of December 2019 Syd Mead passed away.
It is difficult to find the right words to describe the man, the artist, the designer, the visionary talent he has been and how much he inspired all of us and still will continue to do for next generations to come.
Syd Mead was born in Minnesota on the 18th of July in 1933, he was a student of Art Center in Los Angeles (later renamed Art Center College of Design in Pasadena) where I graduated in 1959. Car designer first and visionary designer later he is most known and remembered as probably the most visionary designer whom inspired the Science Fiction movie industry in USA during the 80’s. Star Trek and Blade Runner just to name a couple of films that made us dream of a future life really different from the real one we were living at that time.
since his Design Company creation in 1970, worked also for some European firms
as industrial designer and visionary designer, he also gave a strong
contribution to some important Japanese brands like Sony or Minolta, he
contributed to some video games productions.
I met him
when he came to visit our school (ACCD) during my 7th semester, he
came to give a speech with many visuals and we were all completely struck by his
words and images, definitively an inspiring person. After his speech he came
down stage to talk to us closer and we discovered a very nice person, too.
Warm, smiling and enthusiast to share his experience.
started to teach car design often, I would say to students: please search for
this name “Syd Mead” you will find the right inspiration!
We all love his illustrations and his gouache technique, we all tried to copy it mixing the indigo blue the black the white the orange and violet for the sunset reflections, the glass reflections and the magic rule for the Warm light and Cool light, the dramatic perspective for a dynamic composition on paper. I could continue, we all learned from him to be better and more complete designers (in any field).
was someone with an extraordinary talent, one of a kind. He worked motivated by
his strong passion for designing the unknown and he never really stopped. He
inspired tons of people and still will because he is unforgettable!
How many times did you think how to show your works to gain visibility in internet? How many times you hoped to be seen by Design professionals? How many times you hoped to be contacted by one of them or to contact them?
Social Networks like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Linkedin, Youtube, and websites are a great opportunity to communicate with the world.
You do something and you can share it with anybody, what is delicate is “how” you do it! In some disciplines like Design (specially Car Design) you have to be smart enough to communicate and share your works without provoking a negative reaction. It is about your behaviour.
In my video I give few tips & suggestions to avoid most common mistakes.
It is a good thing for design students to try getting in contact with design professionals. The main objective is to get a feedback about their works in order to improve their skills and design approach.
However; there are several ways not to do it and others to do it correctly.
In this video some info about this important topic.
To be a design manager means to help designers’ team requests to be accepted by the Product Project Team so that the final result will be satisfying.
In Car Design, where projects development is really complex, Design Management strategy and tactics are very important to get what Design is looking for. The Design Project Manager is the link between designers team and rest of company team (engineers, product planning, purchasing, marketing, at so on).
In this short video I try to give some usefull infos about this topic.
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