All last year I had the esteemed honor of working with concept designer Andrew Probert. Standing along with Ralph Mcquarrie, Syd Mead and Ron Cobb, Andy is one of the most influential concept designers on the planet. Collectively they are responsible for creating designs for some of the most beloved sci fi fantasy films of the past half century. If you are unfamiliar with the name then I’m sure you’ve seen his work. He designed the Cylons from the original Battlestar Galactica, worked on Back to the Future and is most notably responsible for designing aliens and ships from Star Trek: The Next Generation. He designed the ship and interior sets for the Starship Enterprise NCC- 1701 D! It was a pleasure to work along side him. To work with a concept art legend and industrial designer has been a great learning experience. He also tells the best stories from his time on ST:TNG. I guess this also means I’m 2 degrees separated from Gene Roddenberry. Not that that means anything in the grand scheme but it makes me giggle sometimes….
I find it incredible that my love of sci fi and staying true to the kind of art I like to do has lead me to moments like this.
I have an old issue of Star Trek: The Magazine that has an interview with Andy. It covers his designing of the enterprise bridge for TNG. Here are a few scanned pages from the now defunct magazine. For any TNG fan that missed this issue 11 years ago, you’re welcome.
To see more of Andy’s work go to www.probertdesigns.com