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The making-of Saul Bass

Books, Graphic Design

Posted by Creative Review, 31 October 2011, 10:50    Permalink    Comments (2)

In his profile piece for the current issue of CR, Rick Poynor notes that Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design finally gives the great man the book he deserves. A short film shows the book in production

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design (Laurence King, £48) runs to 424 pages – it's a weighty tome in every sense. In his piece for our current issue, Rick Poynor notes that, judged by the admittedly crude metric of Google results, Bass is by far the most famous graphic designer. And yet, until this new work, designed by Bass's daughgter Jennifer and written by design historian Pat Kirkham, there was no monograph covering his entire career.

This film documents the printing of the book and gives some sense of its sheer scale:

On November 14, MoMA in New York is hosting an evening which will screen some of Saul and Elaine Bass's most notable film works, including the fantastic Why Man Creates short (clip from the famous Edifice sequence below). Details here

Poynor's piece, in which he argues that the enduring appeal of Bass's work lies in its humanity, is published in the November issue of CR, out now.


If you would like to buy this issue and are based in the UK, you can search for your nearest stockist here. Based outside the UK? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 to find your nearest stockist. Better yet, subscribe to CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% on the printed magazine and get Monograph every month for free


Can't wait to get hold of the book. Bass' work still looks fresh today and must have inspired generations of designers!
Graphic Design Harrogate
2011-10-31 11:39:04

Top of the Christmas list for me! With this being the first comprehensive book ever published about Bass, I can't help but feel the cover was a missed opportunity though. The sheer calibre and variety of his work surely deserved something more?
2011-10-31 18:13:46

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