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Posts Tagged ‘Saul Bass’

Archie Boston Brings Us 20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers and One Amazing April Greiman Hairstyle

We’ve been waiting six months to share this gem with you ever since we first saw it at the Schools of Thoughts conference in March. LA designer Archie Boston‘s cinematic piece de resistance 20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers features interviews conducted with 20 of LA’s best and brightest back in 1986. And finally, some clips are slowly accumulating on Boston’s YouTube channel.

This may be the only place in the whole wide world you can see footage of Saul Bass, Keith Bright, Lou Danziger, Jim Cross and many others all at once. You can’t beat the stroll through Bass’ studio, but our favorite has to be this clip of April Greiman and a very Duran Duran-worthy mousse job.

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Steven Heller, Graphic Design’s Biggest Fan, to be Honored In SVA Exhibition

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The world’s most prolific design writer, recently-named Design Observer, and subject of much obsession here on the old UnBeige, Steven Heller will be honored with SVA’s Masters Series Award, including an exhibition and catalog of his work that sounds like quite the spectacle:

Curated and designed by Kevin O’Callaghan, chair of 3D Design at SVA, the exhibition highlights the inspiration and collaboration behind Heller’s many achievements as a writer and art director. On view will be over 100 covers of The New York Times Book Review that Heller art directed and a visual anthology of his major publications, with select volumes available to peruse…Nearby, visitors will be able to browse Heller’s many contributions to American and foreign periodicals at a full-scale replica of a New York City newsstand. The centerpiece of the multimedia display will be a larger-than-life photo montage of Heller’s library with recorded commentary about his collection of design ephemera and its role in his research and writing. In a series of video podcasts specially commissioned for the exhibition, Heller will discuss design in the context of popular culture, politics and history.

Whew! Heller joins SVA’s long list of luminaries that includes people named things like Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, George Lois, Paul Rand, Massimo Vignelli, and Paula Scher, who coined the phrase we want made into t-shirts: “Steven Heller has been graphic design’s biggest fan.”

Saul Bass On Why Man Creates

And you thought Saul Bass only made film titles. Here’s a clip of the 1968 Oscar-winning short film Why Man Creates, directed by Bass and his wife Elaine. Apparently the entire 29-minute film is available, but very expensive to procure.

Update: Our friend Christopher Simmons writes to remind us of this: “Saul Bass often gets credit full credit for Why Man Creates, though it was written by Mayo Simon.”

Kyle Cooper’s Beautiful Mess

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At Yale, Paul Rand once told Kyle Cooper that there wasn’t really anything interesting going on in title design. Alvin Eisenman told Cooper that the world needs graphic designers more than it needs filmmakers. It’s a good thing both of those legends told Cooper to focus on design first, film second, or title design wouldn’t be where it is today.

The founder of Imaginary Forces got fired from the GoodFellas titles because he was trying too hard to make them into a metaphor for the movie. Saul Bass ended up getting the gig (tough break, Kyle) and he solved the problem by not creating a metaphor but making the titles into another scene for the movie. And that’s why Cooper’s new company is named Prologue.

“I like to make a mess,” said Cooper as he showed the heart-wrenching titles for Donnie Brasco, the freak show opener for Se7en and super-clever titles for some really bad movies: Wimbledon, Euro-Trip, The Painted Veil, Dawn of the Dead (okay, that one was actually pretty good) and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which seemed to bleed Bass, but as Cooper revealed later through examples, was actually inspired by Rand.

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Adams, Heiman and Vanderbyl Are Lovin’ It

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Three designers we love will be at the Skirball in LA tonight ordering all in attendance to “Design What You Love.” Sean Adams, Eric Heiman and Michael Vanderbyl will usher in this Valentine’s season with a presentation about what makes their hearts race. We think we heard Adams mutter something about “Cops: Too Hot For TV” but we’re not sure.

If that’s not enough to love, remember that the Skirball is where that rad Saul Bass show is currently up (featuring a never-before-seen 22-minute montage of his titles), and we also hear that Mohawk will be buying drinks. Why? Because they love you.