Bass-O-Matic

Images from Henri’s Walk to Paris, a rare children’s book designed by the legendary Saul Bass. Via Drawn of course. Because we like to indulge our loves of cats and über-cool movie credits in the same stroke, I also present the Bass-designed opening sequence from Walk on the Wild Side:

4 Thoughts on “Bass-O-Matic

  1. Hey, Thanks so much for stopping by my site! This is an honor. I’ve been checking Scrubbles for a while.
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  2. Thanks, Dave – I dig your weblog, too!

  3. Raphael on December 18, 2007 at 2:47 am said:

    when I was going to art school (Otis Parsons, LA) back in the late 70s my commercial graphics teacher always used to joke about what a hack Saul Bass was. And the older I got and the more I learned, I came to agree with him

    Bass’s primo piece of artistic hackery is that famous Bob Dylan poster he did circa 1970 – it features all those colors radiating around a silhouette of Dylan. It’s basically bombastic and something a high school kid could’ve done

    i know Bass did a million credits for movies, but he’s really not the hot-shot everybody thinks he is. Great graphics in the movies really died in the mid-late-50s

    thanks for the Xmas compilation!

  4. Didn’t Milton Glaser do that Dylan poster?

    Of course I have to disagree on Saul Bass. Title sequences before his time were merely presentation of names, after him people started thinking of them for setting the mood for what followed.

    Thanks for enjoying the compilation, Raphael!

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