Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

“…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

The following paragraph is from the press release. It’s followed by a few snapshots of the content and a short film of 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.”

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignStudio portrait, the Bronx. c. 1931

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignTone Poems of Color (album cover, 1956)

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignManufacturers National Bank (selection of ads, 1960-61)

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignSan Francisco International Film Festival (seventh festival poster, 1963)

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignFrank Holmes Laboratories, Inc. (trademark, 1954)

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignCeramic tiles (sculptured tile designs, 1957-58)

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignPlayhouse 90, CBS (opening sequence, 1956)

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignThe Man with the Golden Arm (poster, 1955)

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignNorth by Northwest (title sequence frames, 1959)

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignPsycho (title sequence frames, 1960)

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignCelanese (trademark and style manual, 1966)

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & DesignSaul with staff members (Bell System identity, 1969)

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

Here’s a brief insight of the Saul Bass printing process.

1,484 illustrations
290 x 258mm
440 pages
Hardback

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A few more good books.

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November 11, 2011

Comments

On a related note, if anyone hasn’t seen many Alfred Hitchcock flicks, I would recommend Rear Window and NxNW as my favorites. Just wonderful films. Saul and Hitchcock, probably both ahead of their time.

Hi David. I did see that this book was now available, so good to hear someone of your caliber is praising it. I love his work and it seems fitting that it has now been put into a book like this. I shall certainly put it on my Xmas list.

A good video David, I had never heard of Saul before, but do recognise his work.

Have to lift my hand up though as not seeing many Alfred Hitchcock films, but that is possibly an age thing.

I have been following your posts for some time now. I wonder how do you manage to update your site + Tweets, etc. It seems it is time consuming. When do you have time to work!! Congrats!

This book was delivered to me the other day & it is absolutely incredible & very well presented.

Definitely a must for graphic designers!

For me Saul Bass is the very best & this book just cemented that for me. If you don’t know this man & you see this book you will probably begin to recognise his work all over the place, it’s been used time & time again.

Always replicated but never duplicated.

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