Whereas Fitz and Van tended to offer a rosy picture of today, Syd Mead looked forward. In this image we are invited to imagine that the pilot of the advanced military (?) plane in the background has driven in a very futuristic sports car to get to work. It’s the future so he is wearing a silvery jump suit.
Unlike Fitz and Van, the work is not layered. It is all built up on a single sheet. The foreground is sharp with strong contrasts. In the background, the saturation is lower. You don’t get the impression of two planes but of depth. On the other hand it’s hardly romantic and Mead didn’t capture the effect of light on polished paint as Fitz and Van did. What’s the driver doing? He’s looking for his Winstons, I expect.