On May 8th Google doodled in honour of the 93rd birthday of the now late Saul Bass – American graphic designer and academy award winning filmmaker, best known for his design of motion picture title sequences, film posters, and corporate logos (wiki). Bass was a pioneer of the pared down graphic, favouring minimalist symbolic images, which has been in vogue since he began designing for the film industry in the early 1950s. In that era Bass, along with a small number of other designers such as Paul Rand and Erik Nitsche, operated against cluttered imagery and towards geometric designs using angular shapes and primary colour schemes.

Google prepared a montage of Bass’ celebrated body of work which can be viewed on Google here. Are any of our blog readers a fan of Bass’ work? Below are a few recognizable Bass posters widely available for viewing online.

More posters after the flip.