The Mid-Century Design of Saul Bass

I've mentioned Saul Bass briefly before, but I think he deserves a little more attention. Apparently, so do a few other people because a new book has been written about his work, Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design.

From the book summary:
This is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. With more than 1,400 illustrations, many of them never published before and written by the leading design historian Pat Kirkham, this is the definitive study that design and film enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating. Saul Bass (1920-1996) created some of the most compelling images of American post-war visual culture. Having extended the remit of graphic design to include film titles, he went on to transform the genre. His best known works include a series of unforgettable posters and title sequences for films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Otto Preminger's The Man With The Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. He also created some of the most famous logos and corporate identity campaigns of the century, including those for major companies such as AT&T, Quaker Oats, United Airlines and Minolta.
Sounds like a must read for any mid-century design or graphic design lover.


  1. Bass was such a genius. Thanks for the heads up about the book. I'm sure it will be a great read.

  2. That book sounds like a great resource! I'll keep my eye out at the bookstore. Hopefully I'll be able to peruse one in person.