Carl Rustung

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Syd Mead, 86, Maker of Future Worlds in ‘Blade Runner’ and More, Dies

NYT obituary of a master concept artist and hero of industrial design students everywhere. When we learned to render with markers, we referenced him a lot. Not only did he draw extremely well, he designed some incredibly cool-looking things.

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Ideas man

“All ideas go through three stages,” he told The Boston Globe in 1985. “The first stage is the idea itself. Thinking of that is a whole specialty in itself, because if something exists someone had to think of it.

“After that,” he continued, “the next stage is documentation. That can be anything from a set of sketches or an oil painting to a written description to a working model. The last step is manufacture. Making it real.

“Me, I’m hired to do the first two steps. I worry about the ideas, not the facts.”