#CR500K: Five Saul Bass books to give away

To celebrate reaching 500k followers on Twitter, we are giving away five copies of Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, kindly donated by Laurence King. The book contains a great list of quotes by Bass on the subject of working in the creative industry, and we’d like to hear your own personal favourites for a chance to win a copy

To celebrate reaching 500k followers on Twitter, we are giving away five copies of Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, kindly donated by Laurence King. The book contains a great list of quotes by Bass on the subject of working in the creative industry, and we’d like to hear your own personal favourites for a chance to win a copy…

This competition has now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. The winning entries are listed below.

The 400-plus page book features a wealth of imagery of work from the US design legend (Rick Poynor takes an in-depth look at the man and his work in the latest issue of CR) but the last chapter is dedicated to Bass’s thoughts on various subjects, from clients and problem solving, to collecting things and retirement.

Publishers Laurence King have kindly given us five copies (worth £48 each) to give away. To win one all you have to do is share with us your favourite piece of wisdom from a figure in the creative world. It could be a few words from an eminent designer on the subject of inspiration, or a sharp piece of advice from a seasoned ad creative.

Leave your quotes with the name of who they’re attributed to in the comments below, and we’ll pick our five favourites. Where repetitions occur we’ll refer to the first posting of the quote, and we’ll announce the winners tomorrow (Thursday) on the blog and via Twitter. The deadline for your entries is 12pm GMT this evening.

To get you started, here are a few examples from Bass himself, taken from the new book.

On work:

“Work? It’s just serious play.”

“Unless I have to stretch, then I’m not really interested.”

On clients:

“Clients? I have a sign in my office that reads ‘They need us more than we need them’ but on the other side reads ‘We need them more than they need us’.”

On process:

“So, the good news, I say to students, is that what you are experiencing is exactly what everybody else experiences, even those people you most admire. The bad news is that it doesn’t get any better.”

On creativity:

“Interesting things happen when the creative impulse is cultivated with curiosity, freedom and intensity.”

“Sometimes when an idea flashes, you distrust it because it seems too easy. You qualify it with all kinds of evasive phrases because you’re timid about it. But often, this turns out to be the best idea of all.”

This competition has now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. The winning entries are listed below.


After much deliberation, here’s our list of five winning quotes.

“You are obliged to go off at a tangent if you want to stop going round in circles,” Alan Fletcher, posted by Lee.

“What I’m trying to produce is the visual equivalent of the chord change that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up,” Rian Hughes, posted by
George.

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler,” Albert Einstein, posted by Marcus.

“When people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong,” Neil Gaiman, posted by
Mark.

“Design isn’t about what something looks like, it’s about what people think when they see it,” Craig Frazier, posted by
Marc.

Lee, George, Marcus, Mark and Marc, please get in touch via mark.sinclair@centaur.co.uk with details of the address that you would like the book sent out to. Thanks again to everyone who entered.

 

Not getting Creative Review in print too? You’re missing out.

In print, Creative Review carries far richer, more in-depth articles than we run here on the blog. This month, for example, we have nine pages on Saul Bass, plus pieces on advertising art buyers, Haddon Sundblom, the illustrator who ensured that Coke will forever be linked with Santa Claus, Postmodernism, Brighton’s new football ground and much more. Plus, it’s our Photography Annual, which means an additional 85 pages of great images, making our November issue almost 200-pages long, the biggest issue of CR for 5 years.

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.

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