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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (7 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697521
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 4.4 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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."..the first major book on his work....the book paints an engaging picture of Bass as a vigorous, highly disciplined man with a gift for friendship and sense of fun."--The New York Times, and this same review by Alice Rawsthorn also appeared in the INTERNATIONAL HEARLD TRIBUNE.

About the Author

Jennifer Bass is a graphic designer and artist. She has worked at CBS Television in New York and at Sussman/Prejza & Company in Los Angeles. In 1994, she and her husband, Lance Glover, opened their studio, Treehouse Design Partnership in Los Angeles, working in the areas of environmental graphics, identity and book design. Pat Kirkham is Professor in the History of Design, Decorative Arts and Culture at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design & Culture, New York. She has written and edited a number of books, including Charles and Ray Eames (1998) and Women Designers in the USA 1900-2000 (2001).

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov 2011
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A timely release about one of the great and influential designers of the last century and clearly Pat Kirkham has made this a scholarly work considering the amount of research involved. The title will most likely become the standard biography of Bass. Having said that I was disappointed to find the book had some editorial flaws in its presentation.

Millions of movie-goers are familiar with the stunning credits Bass created (sixty stills are included in a fold-out dateline at the back pages) from Carmen Jones in 1954 to Casino in 1995 and the book rightly devotes a large number of pages to credits and the marketing of movies. My first disappointment is that a DVD was not included with the book. OK, I'll accept that this would involve a lot of extra work (and probably copyright fees to make the book even costlier) and it wasn't in the author's remit so the fall back position would be to show the credits in as much detail as possible: frame by frame to give the reader a feel of how Bass created these powerful opening statements to a movie. Unfortunately many of these credit stills throughout the book are treated more as individual images, in various sizes, rather than shown as a sequence of large thumbnails. Solana and Boneu's Uncredited Graphic Design and Opening Titles book has a whole chapter on Bass credits and the pages work well. 'Anatomy of a murder' has thirty-two thumbnails, 'North by northwest' has twenty-four. In this book they get six and five.

Chapter six looks at the corporate work of Saul Bass and he worked for a lot of companies. The book's coverage is hardly comprehensive when this kind of design commission looks into every visual corner of a company.
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By Brian Azarello on 9 Feb 2014
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A little on the expensive side, but it's a huge book with lots of great information and pictures.
I don't think I need to say more than that as if you're thinking of buying it I don't want to give any of it's information away in this review.
I was interested in Saul Bass as I love the simplicity of his graphics and I found this a great read.
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By Weefatbird on 1 Jan 2014
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A beautifully produced book but some what of a fanzine. Perhaps Bass needed to be set inside a wider historical context.
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By gianmatteo on 15 Dec 2013
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Good value for money, extensive monograph, this is the book that every designer should have in his library. Thumbs up.
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During my education on the School of Journalism I saw a retrospective of Saul Bass on a film festival. I was an instant fan. This book is almost a perfect tribute to his work.
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By alexandra2534 on 25 May 2013
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Bought this book for my son's birthday. He is a Graphic Designer and the images bring back different eras.- Great
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By Geoff K on 14 April 2013
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We brought A Life in Film & Design for our sons birthday as he really enjoys and appreciates works by and also about Saul Bass, it is a very interesting publication. It arrived safe and sound, no problems.
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By Penny on 20 Feb 2013
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Bought as a present for my daughter for which it was necessary for her tutorials. She is very pleased with it.
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