Check This Out: A Brief Visual History of The Title Design of Saul Bass

November 14, 2011

A Brief History of the Title Design of Saul Bass

Back in late 2009 we highlighted the exploits of the The Art of the Title Sequence, a fantastic website dedicated to stylish opening and ending credits sequences that bookend the films we all now and love. Earlier this year, the website crafted a video chronicling A Brief History of Title Design as an introduction for the SXSW Title Design Competition. Now this time, in honor of the new book, Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, the site has put together A Brief History of the Title Design of Saul Bass which includes his work in North by Northwest, Spartacus, the original Ocean's 11, Goodfellas, and much more.

Here's A Brief History of the Title Design of Saul Bass courtesy of The Art of the Title Sequence:

In addition to the video, the site points out that The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will also celebrate the life of Saul Bass with a film screening and talk on Monday, November 14th, 2011, at 7:00 PM. This event features the New York premiere of Saul and Elaine Bass's Academy Award-winning short Why Man Creates (1968), newly preserved by the Academy Film Archive, and much more of Bass' iconic work. Author Pat Kirkham, a design historian who wrote the book and personally knew Bass himself, will be on hand for the event along with graphic designer Kyle Cooper, behind the titles for films like X-Men: First Class, Se7en and all of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films. Be sure to pick up the book and head to the event if you're in NYC.

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  • Fantastic.  I consider this the first page of the Title Design Bible.
  • Cool. Not enough 3d explosions to get my vote though
  • rennmaxbeta
    Incredible portfolio. Although I'm okay with modern movies not having title sequences anymore, the ones from Saul Bass are genuine works of art.
  • Genius.




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