January 03, 2013
Saul Bass' advice for designers: "Learn to draw — and create beauty even if nobody cares"
Concur (with the "even if nobody cares" part — if I had to worry about what people thought about stuff I post here, I'd close up shop in a Podunk town minute. But I digress).
From Open Culture: "It comes as no surprise that the man who created the title sequences for 'The Man with the Golden Arm,' 'North by Northwest,' 'Psycho,' and 'Vertigo' can tell you a thing or two about graphic design. He can even tell his established colleagues a thing or two about graphic design, as seen in the clip above. The man, of course, is Saul Bass, and this footage of him comes from a long-form interview conducted by designer and educator Archie Boston. In 1986, Boston paid a visit to Bass' studio for a project called 20 Outstanding Los Angeles Designers, shooting a conversation that touched on many subjects, including the eminence's main piece of advice for graphic design students. 'Learn to draw,' Bass pronounces. 'If you don't, you're going to live your life getting around that and trying to compensate for that.' Design, as observers of the discipline say, ultimately comes down to communication. According to Bass, aspiring designers fail to master drawing — one of communication's most basic but richest forms — at their peril."
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Are you sure that isn't actually Salman Rushdie??
(only Seinfeld fans will get this)
Posted by: Dr. Kranky | Jan 4, 2013 11:09:19 PM
The fourth year of my five year architecture school was spent in Germany. I spoke very little German and my professor spoke very little English. We learned a lot from each other though, and the experience was a success as we both knew how to draw fairly well. We designed and critiqued through many hours of sketching and, amusingly, grunting. Our skills for drawing (and graphic design) improved that year as it was basically our only way of communicating.
Posted by: marshall | Jan 4, 2013 9:19:15 AM
My favorite Saul Bass-designed title sequence has always been for Kubrick's "Spartacus" with its stark, spare, elegant look, and together with the brilliant Alex North score, I swoon!
Posted by: Flautist | Jan 3, 2013 6:56:55 PM
Joe, that was brilliant!
All my life I thought I could explain things
within 3 different ways (most start to understand by the 3 explanation),
but I found illustrations completely bridge the gap!
Posted by: joepeach | Jan 3, 2013 6:23:59 PM
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