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Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

I’m super excited at the news that Laurence King will be publishing a new book Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, definitely a book for the DF reference library. For those not so familiar with Saul Bass’ work the biog on the Laurence King website briefly summarises the great mans achievements…

“This is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. Saul Bass (1920-1996) created some of the most compelling images of American postwar visual culture. Having extended the remit of graphic design to include film titles, he went on to transform the genre. His best-known works include a series of unforgettable posters and title sequences for films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. He also created some of the most famous logos and corporate identity campaigns of the century, including those for major companies such as AT&T, Quaker Oats, United Airlines and Minolta.

His wife and collaborator, Elaine, joined the Bass office in the late 1950s. Together they created an impressive series of award-winning short films, including the Oscar-winning Why Man Creates, as well as an equally impressive series of film titles, ranging from Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus in the early 1960s to Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear and Casino in the 1990s.

Designed by Saul Bass’s daughter Jennifer and written by distinguished design historian Pat Kirkham, who knew Saul Bass, this book contains more than 1,400 illustrations, many from the Bass archive and never published before, providing an in-depth account of one of the leading graphic artists of the 20th century.”

As a footnote – one of the best exhibitions I ever had the fortune to see was the Saul Bass exhibition at the Design Museum back in 2004 which really blew me away. If I had to pull out a single piece of work by Mr Bass I’d have to go for the Magnificent Seven Poster above, the western remake of the 1954 classic Seven Samurai, beautifully simple in my opinion. Here’s a link to some of the goodies that where on show back in 2004 and while you’re there check out the rest of the graphical goodies on insect54’s flickr stream.


Duck and Cover – SS11

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Following on from our last post… we’ve been so busy putting together the Autumn/Winter 11 shoot for Duck and Cover that we totally forgot to post about the launch of the Spring/Summer 11 campaign that we shot way back in October 2010! So without further a do here we are, currently in-store, we shot in the very glamourous Highgate Estate in London’s Elephant and Castle which sadly is soon to be no more if you like hanging out in apocalyptic concrete type environments. Weirdly we’ve just had sign-off this morning on the Autum/Winter 11 campaign images and the next episode of DAC brand film, which we’re very excited about, so we’ll keep you posted on that when we’re allowed to show you more. Enjoy.


Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

We popped down to the Idea Generation Gallery last Thursday evening to see the ON exhibition by the Golden Sun Movement, a collective featuring the works of Luke Insect, Leo Zero and Dave Little. The Sun was shining, the beer was flowing and we got to see some sweet old school rave inspired visuals which took us back to the good old days.

So if you find yourself at a loose end the exhibition is on until the 8th of May and well worth a trip.

Nice one, top one, sorted.

DF in NOVUM Magazine (01/2011)

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

We’ve been featured in the latest issue of Novum Magazine with 3 double page spreads.

“Novum is a German magazine covering the world of graphic design. It reports on industry news, technology, trends, book reviews, job opportunities, and more.”

Definitely worth checking out if you can get your hands on a copy, and not only because of the article about us.