FIRST, A LITTLE HISTORY:
Harold Michelson was the Production Designer for Paramount's "Star Trek: The Motion Picture". He was a man of amazing talent when it came to providing the look of many films, from his work as a movie Illustrator in the 1940s to his work on ST:TMP and beyond. Unfortunately,... he had NEVER worked on a Science Fiction film before this one.
Robert Abel & Associates was the award-winning commercial & effects house chosen to provide all of the film's spectacular visual effects. And with shelves full of awards, he was the best choice in town. Having people like Richard Taylor at his side, Robert Abel not only understood what leading-edge meant,... he was constantly outdoing himself by redefining it.
These, then, were the two sides of the visual design issues in making this movie....
the older experienced man designing sets, and the younger visual innovator designing effects.
As an Industrial Design student, I was hired right out of school to provide space hardware designs for Robert Abel's visuals... a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for, of all things,... a Star Trek fan.
These items below were my contributions: