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|Birthname||Sydney Jay Mead|
|Date of birth||July 18, 1933|
|Place of birth||Minnesota, USA|
|Date of death||December 30, 2019|
Sydney Jay Mead, better known as Syd Mead, (born July 18, 1933 in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States-died December 30, 2019), was an industrial designer who designed the Light Cycles, Light Tanks, Sark's Carrier, the MCP and the TRON Typeface, as well as the Super Light Cycle and the Game Grid. He also designed vehicles and objects for famous science-fiction films such as Blade Runner, Aliens, Short Circuit and 2010.
In much of his film work, he is billed as a "visual futurist" or "conceptual designer". In 2006, a documentary about Syd Mead entitled, "Visual Futurist: The Art & Life of Syd Mead" was made. It featured interviews with TRON director Steven Lisberger and Special Effects Supervisor Richard Taylor.
He died of lymphoma in December of 2019.