Culture

The Return of Saul Bass

Culture

The Return of Saul Bass

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Behind every signature style stands a team of experts. Lest we forget, Alfred Hitchcock outsourced to some of the greatest writers of all time–Daphne DuMaurier, Patrick Hamilton, Patricia Highsmith–for his tales of uncanny horror and suspense. For his visuals, one has only to credit Saul Bass–a design artist who is having a bit of a renaissance. With the introduction of a new tumblr theme as well as an number of TV homages (Mad Men, Pan Am, The Hour) Bass is more prevalent than ever. What is it about the retro-era genius that, at this moment, obsesses us? Could it be that his gnarled silhouettes affect us, in a time of financial unrest, as fables gone wrong? The crippled shadow portraits of doomed film heroes are a part of the culture Bass’s work documents even more interesting than the films they advertise: the part where the frayed edges were beginning to show. It’s an understandable fascination–there’s something in the jagged edges of Bass’s cookie cut-out figures to suggest the vulnerability of something waiting to be devoured.

Enjoy all the Saul Bass that’s fit to print here.