Saul Bass - A Life in Film and Design
Saul Bass - The Big PictureExciting times, chums. People have waited years for this book to be published and now it is amongst us. London-based publishers Laurence King, independent British publishers for 20 years, have released Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design [Amazon]by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham.
Saul Bass is one of the most striking graphic designers of the 20th Century. We all know his designs for the posters and title sequences of some of our favourite films, Hitchcock's Vertigo and The Birds, and Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder. All these designs are in the book and so many more less well known, such as his work on logos and corporate identities - Quaker Oats and Minolta to name a couple.
Smashing PrefaceIn his entertaining preface to the book, Martin Scorcese says of the graphic style of Bass that he "found and distilled the poetry of the modern, industrialized world."
The BookSaul Bass: A Life in Film & Design is designed by Saul Bass’s daughter Jennifer and written by design historian Pat Kirkham, who has also written on Charles and Ray Eames. The book, which has 1,400 illustrations, many never published before, is a definitive visual record of the legacy of Saul Bass.
The Shame of The Tweed PigI'm pretty sure Saul Bass would have one or two things to say about The Tweed Pig logo we knocked up. Looking at it right now, I feel shamed into wanting to do something about it. But not enough to interrupt this cup of tea. Maybe tomorrow.
Saul Bass GalleryThe samples here include:
- The 1956 album cover to Frank Sinatra's Tone Poems of Color.
- The 1958 poster to the film Anatomy of a Murder.
- The 1973 album cover to Japanese musician Stomu Yamash'ta's East Wind project Freedom is Frightening.