The Timeless Relevance of Syd Mead

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A retrospective on one of the most distinctive and inspirational designers we’ve ever seen.

Of all the litmus tests in the design world, the most important one is time. It can reveal which works were flavour-of-the-moment and which have transcended their sell-by dates. When it comes to designers themselves, the passage of time can also be quite illuminating. Some creative icons, revered as they are, become trapped in the amber of their respective eras.

Not so with the subject of this Design Essay, the incomparable Sydney Jay Mead. As the acclaimed visual futurist begins to wind down his career, it’s important to take stock of why his body of work continues to be relevant after all this time – and will continue to be for future generations.

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