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Yesterday, Google Doodle celebrated what would have been legendary designer, Saul Bass‘ 93rd birthday—and they did it in style! In the words of Martin Scorsese, “His titles are not simply imaginative identification tags, when his work comes on-screen, the movie itself truly begins.” Bass, who was born and raised in the Bronx, moved to Hollywood in his twenties to pursue creating film ads. For his first big gig, designing the opening sequence for Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm, Bass shocked filmgoers with his edgy paper-animated interpretation of the film’s themes of drug addiction. Soon Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers were clamoring for Bass’ innovative touch (via Huffington Post). Bass is responsible for some of the most famous title sequences in film history (as well as his phenomenal poster and logo work), including: Vertigo, Psycho, West Side Story, North by Northwest and many more.
Check out the awesome homage to Bass by Google Doodler, Matthew Cruickshank below and see his design process here.
I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me.
A few weeks ago, one of my friend’s and I were discussing The Americans, the awesome new show on FX. Since we’re both graphic designers, we quickly noticed how great the opening titles were (you can check them out here), and sadly, how that’s slowly becoming a lost art in both television shows and films. Which got me thinking of all the films I’ve seen with memorable opening titles. It didn’t take long for all of my favorites materialize in me mind. Check out some my picks below (unfortunately, due to some copyright problems, I couldn’t find the Going The Distance opening sequence on YouTube, nor the one for Watchmen, so just click on their titles to go to the official websites). What are some of your favorites? Comment away!
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Catch Me If You Can
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Dark Knight Rises
Thank You For Smoking
Stranger Than Fiction