Sunday, September 14, 2008

Saul Bass: Legendary Designer

As part of our efforts to include designers and design history along with art history in any visual education, one of the legends of design who should be included is Saul Bass.

Bass is noted for starting a tradition of designing credits for movies such as his design for "The Man With the Golden Arm" (left). Today that tradition is carried on by designers like Kyle Cooper and his company "Imaginary Forces."

Bass is also the designer of many famous logos (some of which are shown behind him in the picture on the right.) He is in the news today because of efforts to redesign his original logo for AT&T.

There is a wealth of information about Bass and his work provides a rich source of ideas for lessons. Any educated person should know about the influence of Saul Bass in visual culture and design.

Click on the heading above to see a somewhat dated but historically important film of Bass talking about his designs. (It's a little blurry with bad sound and is 35 minutes long but full of important insights.)

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