Sunday, 19 June 2011

Chris Emmerson - Honoured.

No one enjoyed the visit to Melbourne by legendary visual futurist Syd Mead more than Victorian designer and illustrator Chris Emmerson. Chris was another of the many talented industry based lecturers I had when I was a student at RMIT. We would often spend time looking at the pages of Syd's Sentinel book and students like; Mark Wright, Mike Englisch and Alphonse van Mannen would inspire us all with their raw talent and capacity to emulate Syd's work. Elivio Bonollo had installed wonderful full size pin boards in 2B2, just like an automotive studio, and many full size airbrush illustrations were in progress whilst us first years looked on. Chris's contribution to the education of industrial designers at RMIT University was recognised with a Wacom tablet named in his honour.

Legendary visual futurist Syd Mead is delighted to meet Chris Emmerson in the RMIT University Wacom Lab. Syd kindly signed a very rare and precious Syd Mead concept design publication given to Chris whilst he was an automotive designer with General Motors Holden GMH.

Holden designer Chris Emmerson working with airbrush on a full size tape drawing at Holden's Fishermans Bend studio in the early 1980's.

Chris Emmerson airbrush cutaway illustration of the classic Holden Monaro.

1 comment:

  1. As an Industrial Design graduate, and now professional within the automotive design industry, a large part of who I became is because of Chris Emmerson. As a colleague, mentor and at times step in father, Chris guided me through my development as a designer and professional.
    His experience, ability and talent, combined with an enthusiasm and ability to teach, is a rarity and I feel lucky to have been able to have learned from him.

    The dreams I had when I met Chris have been realised and surpassed thanks to his help. Working also at GM Holden, I was involved in the Efijy concept, Camaro and VE Commodore before internationally working for VW Advanced Design, and Ford both in Germany and now here in Australia.

    This is an opportunity I'd like to take to say in a public forum, "Thanks Mate"