Site: Grosse Pointe War Memorial
         32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Date: June 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Tickets: $175/person; $1500/table of ten

Vision Honored tickets must be reserved in advance and space is limited.
To reserve your space, purchase tickets online or call Judi Dara at (313)824-4710 or email

The EyesOn Design Award is unique in that voting is limited to automotive designers who have previously won the award. The voting panel for 2017 included Chris Bangle, Wayne Cherry, Willie G. Davidson, Walter de Silva, Patrick le Quement, Tom Gale, Bob Lutz, Shiro Nakamura, Chuck Pelly, Steward Reed, Peter Schreyer and Jack Telnack.

Syd Mead selected for 2017 EyesOn Design
Lifetime Design Achievement Award


Visual futurist Syd Mead has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the EyesOn Design Lifetime Design Achievement Award, given annually by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO). 

In addition, Mead created the artwork for the commemorative poster for the 30th annual EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition taking place in June. The poster was unveiled at a media and industry event on February 6, 2017 at John Varvatos in Detroit.

Mead began his career in Ford Motor Company's Advanced Styling Studio but soon went to work for other clients, including U.S. Steel, Celanese, Allis Chalmers and Phillips Electronics and he quickly became known for his futuristic designs ranging from solar-powered unicycles to interplanetary spacecraft.

In 1979, projects began to include work with most major picture studios, on such feature films as Star Trek: The Motion Picture, followed by Bladerunner, TRON, 2010, Short Circuit, Aliens, Time Cop, Johnny Mnemonic, Mission Impossible-3, and most recently Elysium starring Jodi Foster and Matt Damon. Syd has developed close working relationships with major Japanese corporate clients, including; Sony, Minolta, Dentsu, Dyflex, Tiger, Seibu, Mitsukoshi, Bandai, NHK and Honda.

With transportation design as his first love, Syd Mead seldom misses an opportunity to provide his unique blend of futurism and believability to those projects consisting of a vehicle that travels from “A” to ‘B”. Whether it be designing solar powered unicycles, show cars, luxury yachts, cruise ships,  the interiors of private 747s, or interplanetary spacecraft, each receives the same attention to detail within a perfectly designed scenario. This combination has become a Syd Mead trademark and has been seen in everything from concept cars for Ford Motor Company to futuristic “Hypervans” which have been the subject of his latest full color illustrations

Mead will receive the award on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the EyesOn Design Vision Honored event, a gala black tie ceremony held annually in metro-Detroit.

Ticket sales, poster sales and general information: Judi Dara at (313) 824-4710
Media inquiries: Kathy Lightbody at (313) 587-6677
Sponsorships: Cyndy Doherty at (313) 515-9050

2017 EyesOnDesign Poster