As the creator (and as a result, Academy Award winner for Special Effects) of the Xenomorph creature from the Alien movie franchise, Harold R Giger (AKA H.R. Giger) was responsible for not only creating one of the most legendary movie monsters of all time, but also fueling generations of nightmares for legions of filmgoers.

While primarily known for creating a universe of nightmare-inducing ‘biomechanical’ monsters, however, Giger was actually formally trained in industrial design—although it’s probably a good thing he chose to go into concept art given that an HR Giger lounge chair would probably scare away guests.

In Alien – H. R. Giger’s Beautiful Monster, a fascinating visual essay from YouTube’s kaptainkristian, we get a deeper look inside the mind of an artistic genius who leveraged his background in creating complex mechanical drawings to fuel an entire universe of creatures that aren’t soon going anywhere:


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.