Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hooked on Bass

Before we move on from yesterday's subject about graphic inspirations and The Smithereens, let's check out the cover of another of their albums:

Yes, that's the work of innovative graphic designer, Saul Bass.  Even if you don't know the name, you've probably seen some of his work -- stark and iconic, with a child-like sophistication (to use an oxymoronic phrase):


More examples of Saul's movie poster artwork here.  You can see some very familiar corporate logos that he designed here.  

Here's the actual title sequence for "Anatomy of a Murder:"



And, just for the heck of it, here's a recent parody of the Saul Bass style that's just too clever to pass up including here.  No disrespect intended to the late Mr. Bass.



Elsewhere: Marketing guru Seth Godin describes the fallacy of "One Fell Swoop" thinking here.

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