Sunday, 4 February 2007

Saul Bass


Saul Bass is known as one of the greatest graphic designers of the mid-20th century. Bass was also a master of film title design thanks to his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Otto Preminger.



This image to the right is part of the title sequence from 1958's 'Vertigo' by Saul Bass, which was his first title sequence for Alfred Hitchcock. Bass shot a close-up of a woman's face and then her eye before spinning it into a sinister spiral as a blood red soaks the screen.




This black figure in the image is quite sinister looking, which matches the essence of the sinister spiral. There's a sense of violence and death, which is portrayed by the blood red and the position of the two figures; the woman looks as if she's struggling and being attacked.



The text he's created is very sympathetic towards the illustrations. It matches the style that the figures have been drawn-in a stiff, striking way.



Bass's works is very bold, flat and eye catching, as proven in this image above. With my booklet illustrations, I've gone with a similar approach. I've concentrated on using black silhouettes which are flat with no shadow or tone, and I've worked with a sequence/narrative, just like in Bass's work! This is an example below. The page on the left shows alot of 'Z's' which represent bed time, or sleeping, and when you turn over the page it comes to the page which is shown below this. The shape of it represents a sun or sunrise, and it's showing that I was woken up by my alarm by the song written in the sun rays.
























































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