Mead’s art department credits include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Aliens,Timecop, Mission: Impossible III, Elysium and Tomorrowland. He also appeared in numerous documentaries over the years.
Born on July 18, 1933, in Minneapolis, Mead did a stint in the Army former landing work as a designer for the likes of Ford Motor Co and Philips Electronics and later as a “futurist” for companies including Chrysler and Sony.
But he is most famous for his work as a concept artist on some of history’s most visually impressive films.After working with Robert Wise as a production illustrator on Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1978, Mead teamed up with Ridley Scott on Blade Runner, with Steven Lisberger on his designs for the light cycles in Tron, and with James Cameron on his creative concepts for the U.S.S. Sulaco in Aliens. His work was featured in such films as 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Short Circuit and Mission to Mars. He also supplied designs for the Japanese anime films Yamato 2520 and Turn A.
He won the 2016 Visionary Award from the Visual Effects Society and the 2018 Art Directors Guild Award for fantasy film for Blade Runner 2049. He also was nominated in that ADG Awards category for Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium in 2013.
In 2018, Mead published his autobiography, A Future Remembered.
Mead is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are pending for a private “Celebration of Life” service at Forest Lawn in Glendale.