“…before we worked together, he was a legend in my eyes. His designs, for film titles and company logos and record albums and posters, defined an era.”
— MARTIN SCORSESE
Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design is the first book to be dedicated to one of the greatest American designers of the twentieth century. Produced by Jennifer Bass (Saul’s daughter) and Pat Kirkham, and published by Laurence King, it made me happy to have the postman deliver this one.
The following paragraph is quoted from the press release. It’s followed by a few snapshots of the content and a short film showing the print process.
Saul Bass (1920-1996) created some of the most compelling images of American postwar visual culture. Having extended the remit of graphic design to include film titles, he went on to transform the genre. His best-known works include a series of unforgettable posters and title sequences for films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. He also created some of the most memorable logos and corporate identity campaigns of the century, including those for major companies such as AT&T, Quaker Oats, United Airlines, and Minolta.
Studio portrait, the Bronx. c. 1931
Tone Poems of Color (album cover, 1956)
Manufacturers National Bank (selection of ads, 1960-61)
San Francisco International Film Festival (seventh festival poster, 1963)
Frank Holmes Laboratories, Inc. (trademark, 1954)
Ceramic tiles (sculptured tile designs, 1957-58)
Playhouse 90, CBS (opening sequence, 1956)
The Man with the Golden Arm (poster, 1955)
North by Northwest (title sequence frames, 1959)
Psycho (title sequence frames, 1960)
Celanese (trademark and style manual, 1966)
Saul with staff members (Bell System identity, 1969)
Here’s a brief insight of the Saul Bass printing process.
290 x 258mm
If you’re a designer of any kind, this is one book you don’t want to miss. Very happy to have the postman deliver it, looking forward to reading the corporate identity section in particular.
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You can read two short excerpts over on Logo Design Love:
“This is what you need — a magic dot.”
“I often think that presentations are more difficult than the work itself.”
More recommended reads: A few good books.