David began his Hollywood career as the assistant art director on the 50th Annual Academy Awards. Following a year in ‘live’ television, David was soon recruited by Universal Studios and spent a year and a half art directing science fiction television series such as “Galactica 1980”, “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”, “The Incredible Hulk” and “Captain America”.
After designing Taylor Hackford’s feature directorial debut, “The Idolmaker” he returned to science fiction as the art director on Ridley Scott’s 1982 future-noir classic “Blade Runner”. David received an Academy Award© nomination he shared with Lawrence G. Paull, the film’s production designer. It was also awarded the British Academy Award (BAFTA©) for Best Production Design/Art Direction.
Since that time he has designed more than forty feature films including “The Most Hated Woman In America”, “Into The Rainbow 3D”, “The Whole Nine Yards”, “The One”, “Soldier”, “Demolition Man”, “Super Mario Bros.”, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” and Tim Burton’s cult classic feature film directorial debut, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”. In 1996 he designed “Rainbow”, the motion picture Industry’s first live-action digital to 35mm theatrical feature film starring & directed by Bob Hoskins.
Snyder has appeared as a guest speaker on the subject of the art of motion picture design at The 1st Annual Tokyo International Film Festival, The American Film Institute, The University of California at Los Angeles and the 45th Annual New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. There, an academic panel discussion was followed by the U.S. premiere of “Blade Runner-The Final Cut”, celebrating the film’s 25th Anniversary. David next appeared with the cast & creative team for the world premiere of “Untitled” at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival, was invited by New York’s Museum of Modern Art to introduce “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” at the 2009-10 Tim Burton Retrospective and he was a member of the “Blade Runner @ 30” panel at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con and at the 3D seminar with “Blade Runner” and “Brainstorm” colleague Douglas Trumbull held at China Central Television / CCTV H.Q. in Beijing, China in January 2015. David was a guest of the 2016 Savannah Film Festival to speak on the subject of his art direction technique and experience on sci-fi classic “Blade Runner”
Industry memberships include The Directors Guild of America, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and The Art Directors Guild.