If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I’ve often referred to one of my favorite designers Saul Bass for his work creating classic movie titles, film posters, corporate logos and advertisements. I am thrilled that a new book Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design published by Laurence King was recently released in late 2011. Written by Jennifer Bass (his daughter) and Pat Kirkham, with a foreword by Martin Scorsese, this collection is gratifyingly complete. Check out the glowing New York Times Book Review. This is a great read for film lovers and designers alike.
Saul Bass, who died in 1996 at age 75, was one of America’s most prodigious mid-century modern graphic designers. He was the creative force behind movie titles, posters, logos and advertisements as well as being a filmmaker shooting shorts. His film Why Man Creates, commissioned by Kaiser Aluminum, won the 1968 Oscar for best documentary short.
His work spanned more than 50 years and included title sequences for films such as North by Northwest, The Man With the Golden Arm, Psycho, Ocean’s Eleven and Spartacus; movie posters for Exodus, Vertigo, The Shining and Schindler’s List; corporate identities for Exxon, Minolta, the Girl Scouts and the Bell System; as well as scores of packages, advertisements and more.