A little late on this one, but I absolutely love this post on WellMedicated about one of the grandmasters of design, Saul Bass.
The poster for VERTIGO is one of my all-time favorite pieces of art.
I have this personal allegiance to Old Things – things often cast as ostentatious and tawdry. I happen to like Things that are busy and full of stories, thankyouverymuch.
But I’m drawn again and again to modernism. Somewhat ironically, I particularly love mid-century modernist aesthetics, which by now is…vintage. The circles we can draw in this conversation, yes.
Saul Bass and his graphic design technique, his fingerprint, encapsulates what I really love about the work that came out in the 1950s to the late 1970s. I first heard Saul Bass’ name in film school, not only as a prolific film poster designer/artist, but also as a pioneer in title sequence artistry. Behold the champion among all title sequences:
Arguably, the title sequence is more memorable than some key scenes in the movie, and it’s a damn fine movie. Saul Bass was one of Hitchcock’s secret weapons, I believe.
Anyway, Andrew Lindstrom at WellMedicated says it best in his article-homage to Saul Bass. Here’s the entire post.