Saul Bass by Jennifer Bass
A Life in Film and Design

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This is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. With more than 1,400 illustrations, many of them never published before and written by the leading design historian Pat Kirkham, this is the definitive study that design and film enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating. Saul Bass (1920-1996) created some of the most compelling images of American post-war 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 famous logos and corporate identity campaigns of the century, including those for major companies such as AT&T, Quaker Oats, United Airlines and Minolta. His wife and collaborator, Elaine, joined the Bass office in the late 1950s. Together they created an impressive series of award-winning short films, including the Oscar-winning Why Man Creates, as well as an equally impressive series of film titles, ranging from Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus in the early 1960s to Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear and Casino in the 1990s. Designed by Jennifer Bass, Saul Bass's daughter and written by distinguished design historian Pat Kirkham who knew Saul Bass personally, this book is full of images from the Bass archive, providing an in depth account of one of the leading graphic artists of the 20th century.
 

About Jennifer Bass

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Jennifer Bass is a graphic designer and artist. She has worked at CBS Television in New York and at Sussman/Prejza & Company in Los Angeles. In 1994, she and her husband, Lance Glover, opened their studio, Treehouse Design Partnership in Los Angeles, working in the areas of environmental graphics, identity and book design.Pat Kirkham is Professor in the History of Design, Decorative Arts and Culture at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design & Culture, New York. She has written and edited a number of books, including Charles and Ray Eames (1998) and Women Designers in the USA 1900-2000 (2001).
 
Published November 9, 2011 by Laurence King Publishing. 428 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Young Adult. Non-fiction

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Fortunately, directors such as Preminger (with whom Bass worked on 13 pictures), Wilder and Hitchcock were gaining personal power and saw new ways of enhancing their work.

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Over the course of six decades, Saul Bass enjoyed just that sort of distinction, as we're reminded in "Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design," a superb guide to his movie work.

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Over the course of six decades, Saul Bass enjoyed just that sort of distinction, as we're reminded in "Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design," a superb guide to his movie work.

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The Atlantic

Saul Bass (1920-1996) is one of the most iconic and influential visual communicators of the 20th century -- possibly the most famous graphic designer of all time -- having broken out of the conformity of the 1950s to shape the aesthetic of generations of designers and animators with his bold and ...

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Brain Pickings

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, designed by Bass’s daughter Jennifer and written by renowned design historian Pat Kirkham, is a formidable 428-page volume featuring more than 1,400 of Bass’s illustrations, many never before published, that offer an unprecedented look at his legacy and the cre...

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