You may not know the name … but you’ve most surely seen the work if you’ve been to the movies.
The late American graphic designer Saul Bass is being honoured with a “videoized” Google Doodle today, on what would have been his 93rd birthday. He’s famous for a large amount of art sequences — elaborate titles and abstract images — for films such as West Side Story and Goodfellas that signalled the start and end of the movie. He also designed posters for movies such as The Shining, Rosebud and Schindler’s List.
The opening sequence of the short Google homage starts with a disjointed human figure that points to the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie Psycho, which Bass worked on. There’s also an “addict’s arm” from the film based on Nelson Algren’s book The Man with the Golden Arm and an eye from Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
Bass, who died in April 1996, also had notable corporate achievements, designing logos for AT&T, Bell and various airlines.
Google is in the habit of praising past greats with its home page doodles. In early March, the late South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba got the doodle treatment on what would have been her 81st birthday, while famed children’s entertainer Mr. Dressup — a.k.a. Ernie Coombs — was featured on the search engine’s banner in November 2012.
With files from Star staff