Happy birthday, Saul Bass, greatest graphic designer of all time.
Collected wisdom from Saul Bass and other legendary graphic designers.
Saul Bass, considered the greatest graphic designer of all time, would have been 92 today – to celebrate, a look back at his legacy in film and design.
Saul Bass title sequence for Walk on the Wild Side (1962). In Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design, Steven Spielberg recalls the profound impression the sequence made on him:
I attempted to mimic Mr. Bass, using an 8mm camera and my dog on a leash walking along the narrow retaining wall outside my home in Scottsdale, Arizona. In trying to make my own movie…I made a foul error. I used a dog because we didn’t have a cat. And as everyone knows, dogs are somewhat less sure-footed than felines.
My cocker spaniel, Thunder, kept falling off the wall just as he got to the writer credit, did a tremendous pratfall on the producer credit, his legs went out from under him, and I got out of the titles business for good.
Henri’s Walk to Paris – iconic designer Saul Bass’s only children’s book, resurfaced 50 years later.