Syd Mead, the influential designer whose work on classic science fiction films such as Blade Runner, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Tron ended up influencing the look of autos, died Dec. 30 in Pasadena, Calif. He was 86.
The 1959 graduate of the Art Center School (now ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena) spent two years at Ford Motor Co.'s Advanced Styling Center in Dearborn, Mich., in the early 1960s before launching his own design firm, Syd Mead Inc.
By the late 1970s, Mead's designs began showing up in Hollywood movies, giving his creative vision a larger audience and more circulation among fellow vehicle designers.
The clearest sign of his influence may be the electric Tesla Cybertruck that debuted in late November.