This Christmas we were lucky enough to be given a copy of the first book ever to be published on one of the greatest designers of the 20th Century – Saul Bass. Famous for both his work in film as well as his corporate identity and graphic work, Saul Bass was a master of the American postwar visual culture.
The book covers Bass’ entire life from his birth in the largely Jewish New York borough of the Bronx in 1920 to his time working in an advertising agency designing posters for Warner Brothers movies where later he designed the new worldwide logo for Warner Communications.
As well as looking at Bass’ influences the book comprehensively covers some of Saul Bass’ best known works including posters and title sequences for films such as The Man with the Golden Arm and Vertigo as well as corporate identity campaigns for major companies such as AT&T, United Airlines and Minolta. The book also covers a series of award-winning short films, including the Oscar-winning Why Man Creates which were created in collaboration with his wife Elaine in the late 1950’s.
Designed by Saul Bass’ daughter Jennifer Bass and written by design historian Pat Kirkham this is a must have for any design enthusiast. The book contains over 1,400 illustrations, some of which have never been published before and is quite simply, a definitive study of one the true design greats of the 20th Century. If you’ve got some Christmas money left we suggest you go out and grab this beautiful biography available from Magma books here.