Art

Saul Bass: Design is Thinking Made Visible

photo credit: The Saul Bass Poster Archive

photo credit: The Saul Bass Poster Archive

“I saw the title as a way of conditioning the audience, so that when the film actually began, viewers would already have an emotional resonance with it.” (Haskins, Pamela "Saul, Can You Make Me a Title? Interview with Saul Bass". Film Quarterly Autumn 1996 pp. 12–13.)

A visionary credited with changing film title sequences forever, Saul Bass trained as a graphic designer, hailing from the east coast before making the move to the heart of the film industry in Hollywood, and making California his home.

During his groundbreaking 40 year career, Bass worked for directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick on legendary films including Psycho and Spartacus, and later, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.

Bass was instrumental in realising the creative potential of title sequences and credits to help introduce the story and set the scene of the film, cleverly expressing the visual style of the movie with a graphic understanding.

Contemporary designers have continued to be inspired by his legacy and pay homage to his work, as seen in examples such as the opening to the television series Mad Men.

Bass followed up his extraordinary film career with a return to his graphic designer roots and the creation of seriously iconic corporate logos for clients such as United Airlines and Minolta, still in use today.

And one cannot look at the life and work of Bass without also remarking on the talent of his life and working partner, collaborator and wife, Elaine.

Inspired by A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965 - Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers, edited by Bobbye Tigerman, Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2013

credit: Wikipedia, theartofthetitle.com, Section D: On Design episode 23 by Ben Rylan on Monocle radio

title quote credit; Kirkham, Pat & Jennifer Bass (2011) Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design. London: Laurence King

Ruth Asawa: A Line Can Go Anywhere

image credit: Imogen Cunningham Trust

image credit: Imogen Cunningham Trust

"I was interested in...the economy of a line, making something in space, enclosing it without blocking it out...I realised that if I was going to make these forms, which interlock and weave, it can only be done with a line because a line can go anywhere." (Wikipedia)

image credit: ruthasawa.com

image credit: ruthasawa.com

If you have seen the work of Ruth Asawa, then you will recognise it instantly. Best known for her looped wire pieces which are unique in their exaltation of lightness and transparency.

image credit: Nat Farbman/TIme & Life PIctures, via Getty Images

image credit: Nat Farbman/TIme & Life PIctures, via Getty Images

In suspending her crocheted mesh forms, Asawa invites the work to be viewed from all angles, while the elements of light and movement play a part in the sensory experience of her installations.

image credit: communityofcreatives.com

image credit: communityofcreatives.com

Asawa led a truly fascinating life - interned in a Japanese American camp, then a student of the progressive Black Mountain College, a liberal arts school conceived by Albert Einstein and Carl Jung, among others. Here she was taught by Bauhaus artist Josef Albers and developed her interest in arts education which would see her establish what is now the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.

image credit: Imogen Cunningham Trust

image credit: Imogen Cunningham Trust

Her work is held in many collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim and Whitney Museums.

image credit: Allen Nomura

image credit: Allen Nomura

Inspired by A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965 - Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers, edited by Bobbye Tigerman, Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2013

credit: ruthasawa.com. Wikipedia

 

Adventures in Colour

Part of the London Design Festival 2016, Blend by Eindhoven-based Raw Color studio is a celebration of time, motion and colour, colour, colour.

Chromatics, Pantones, tinctures, hues, pigments and dyes, both solid, translucent, perforated, shredded, woven and blended.

Installations explore colour and experiment with various media as well as audience interaction, so to see in person is a unique experience.

Blend by Raw Color, Aram Gallery, London until 29th October, 2016.