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.

Nick Sears on Nov 14, 2011


Cool. Not enough 3d explosions to get my vote though

Crapola on Nov 14, 2011


Incredible portfolio. Although I'm okay with modern movies not having title sequences anymore, the ones from Saul Bass are genuine works of art.

rennmaxbeta on Nov 14, 2011



Gianni Persello on Nov 15, 2011

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