SPOTLIGHT-Saul Bass

Saul Bass is a personal favourite designer of mine. He is the absolute king of minimalism. I have mentioned before that I love film posters and Saul’s are amazing.

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Saul Bass was a graphic designer and film maker, perhaps best known for his design of film posters and title sequences. Saul worked side-by-side with his wife Elaine Bass for much of his career. Together, they created some of the strongest graphic design in film to this day.During his 40-year career Bass worked for some of Hollywood’s greatest film makers, including Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, and Martin Scorsese. For Alfred Hitchcock, Bass designed effective and memorable title sequences, inventing a new type of kinetic typography, for North by Northwest, Vertigo and Psycho. Toward the end of his career, Bass was “rediscovered” by James L. Brooks and Martin Scorsese, who urged the Basses to return to main title design. For Scorsese, they created title sequences for Goodfellas, Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence, and Casino, their last title sequence. He passed in April 1996.

Saul Bass movie poster for Otto Preminger movie "Anatomy of a Murder"

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