Findin’ & Sharin’: Lines by Saul Bass

By Erika Goering,

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I’ve said it before; Saul Bass was a ninja. So, naturally, I chose some of his work to show off some line studies.

Bass did a bunch of movie posters back in the day. They all had blocks and linear elements to portray the overall feeling of each film a poster represented.
Here’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout:
Random line study: varying widths of elements and space between them conveys a tense feeling of uncertainty.
Progressive: The lines have a decreasing distance in between them and converge in the center, showing movement from a starting point to a destination. (Kind of reminds me of a flushing toilet. Hahaha…) The spiral represents dizziness, which is what the word vertigo means.
Regular: Everything is the same width and seems very balanced. There is equal width from the center of the poster to the outside edges. The content is safely nestled in the innermost portion of the work.

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