Remembering the great Saul Bass

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Henri’s Walk to Paris – illustrated by Saul Bass, and written by Leonore Klein, (Rizzoli, February 2012).

Today we’re celebrating the life and work of one of the greatest American graphic designers of all time,
Saul Bass (1920-1996). His memorable designs for film title sequences, corporate logos, record albums
and film posters defined an era, and his legacy is still evident in the work of contemporary designers and illustrators today.

Saul Bass

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Pages from Henri’s Walk to Paris, (Rizolli, 2012) illustrated by Saul Bass.

In 1962 Bass collaborated with children’s book author Leonore Klein to produce his only children’s book Henri’s Walk to Paris, (Young Scott Books) – which until recently, had spent decades out-of-print. Lucky for us, Rizzoli’s reprint hit bookshelves early last year.

Henri's Walk to Paris_S.Bass

Henri's Walk to Paris_S.Bass

Henri’s walk to Paris tells the story of a young boy who lives in rural France and dreams of going to Paris. One day, he decides to pack a lunch and head for the city, and what Henri sees along the way, is what we see: a panorama of colourful, bold graphic backdrops conceived by the great Mr Bass.

Google has honored Bass today (May 8, his birthday) with this wicked Google Doodle. Be sure to take a look.


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