Syd Mead is widely known as one of the most influential Concept Artists and Designers of our time. After graduating with great distinction from Art Center School in Los Angeles (Now Art Center College of Design in Pasadena) in 1959, he joined the Ford Motor Company's Advanced Styling Studio before branching off to illustrate books and catalogues for several major corporate clients. In 1970, Syd Mead Inc. was officially launched in Detroit, Michigan, and throughout the 70s and 80s, provided interior and exterior architectural renderings for clients, such as Intercontinental Hotels, 3D International, Harwood Taylor & Associates, Don Ghia to name a few. Mead's Design career accelerated after moving west to California in 1975, where he started working with major studios on film projects such as Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Bladerunner, TRON, 2010, Short Circuit, Aliens, Time Cop, Johnny Mnemonic, and most recently, Mission Impossible-3. In the 80s and 90s, Syd Mead developed relationships with major Japanese corporate clients, including Sony, Honda, NHK, Bandai, Minolta for projects ranging from film to design. Syd Mead has developed a unique and distinct style blending of 'futurism and believability' in his design renderings. With a love for transportation design, he lends this style to vehicles of any type, from solar powered unicycles to show cars, luxury yachts, cruise ships, the interiors of private 747's, or interplanetary spacecraft. Between the vehicular focal point and environments, Mr. Mead provides unmatched attention to detail within a perfectly designed scenario. This combination has become a Syd Mead trademark and has been seen in everything from concept cars for Ford Motor Company to futuristic 'Hypervans' which have been the subject of his latest full color illustrations. In 1993, a digital gallery comprised of 50 examples of his art with interface screens designed by Syd Mead became one of the first CD ROM's released in Japan in 1992 and in 2004 in partnered with the Gnomon School of Visual Effects to produce a 4 volume, 'How To' DVD series titled, 'TECHNIQUES OF SYD MEAD' which continues to be sought after by designers around the world. Mead attributes success in an astonishing range of creative activities to the premise that imagination…the idea, supersedes technique. "There are more people in the world who make things than there are people who think of things to make."