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Wednesday
Jun132012

Super Bass

[Henri's Walk to Paris]

We love the look of children's books. This is not a shocking admission: in the past two issues of Covet Garden, both Holly and Iza revealed that a lot of their design inspiration comes from kid's book illustration. Heck, Cybèle from Issue 17 has written and illustrated award winning children's books. Still we surprise ourselves when we come across an exciting new kid lit discovery.

Or rediscovery. While visiting Type Books on the weekend, we found the Saul Bass illustrated 1962 book Henri's Walk to Paris. We're long time fans of Bass' startlingly original movie posters and ads, so we're a little embarrassed to admit that we didn't know about Henri's Walk before.

Reissued last February, the book was a collaboration between Bass and ex-librarian Leonore Klein. It is a charming story about a country boy named Henri, who dreams of visiting the big city. The artwork is spare and minimalist yet still very magical.

[Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design]

Once we finished our travels with Henri, we couldn't get enough of Bass' bold, graphic designs. Fortunately there's a book for that as well. Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design also tells a terrific tale through words and pictures. From his early days in advertising (we also had no idea that he had a hand in creating iconic logos for organizations as diverse as Quaker Oats and AT&T) to his most defining work designing title sequences and designing posters for the movies, the book follows Bass' career from the 1940s until his death in 1996.

 

Bass once said that his goal for creating title sequences was to "try to reach for a simple, visual phrase that tells you what the picture is all about and evokes the essence of the story." We think this pretty much applies to all his work. Which is why we hope that we never stop discovering new things about Saul Bass.

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