TO THE EDITOR:
"Syd Mead brought futuristic vision to autos" (Jan. 6) was excellent and appropriate. Syd's interest in all kinds of transportation — and his visions of such — are possibly unparalleled.
I was struck by the design characteristics of Syd's Hypervan and those of Elon Musk's Tesla Cybertruck. Syd's van takes its shape from its function; one wonders what Syd might have created as Musk's Cybertruck solution.
Syd also created the EyesOn Design poster for the 2017 event, where he won a lifetime achievement award.
I met him when we were both Ford stylists in 1959, and we remained friends. When I had a design/ad agency later, Syd was a valued contributor for designs and illustrations for a variety of clients like Bulova, Toyota and recreational vehicles. In the '80s, when I was Dodge car marketing manager, he worked with me on various proposals for image enhancement of the Daytona and Caravan lines..
I treasure that friendship.
BOB MARCKS, Scottsdale, Ariz., The writer is a former Ford and Lincoln stylist and retired Chrysler designer and product planning and marketing manager.