Saul Bass remains a legend, and rightfully so. His graphic design work - especially in movie posters and opening credits - is titanic, and it continues to massively influence new generations of designers. Bass has been dead for 16 years, but his work lives on very, very much.
Now a little-known chapter of Bass' legacy is returning. In 1962 Bass collaborated with Leonora Klein to create a children's book called Henri's Walk To Paris. From the Amazon synopsis:
Henri’s Walk to Paris is the story of a young boy who lives in Reboul, France, who dreams of going to Paris. One day, after reading a book about Paris, he decides to pack a lunch and head for the city.
“Like many of us Henri wants to see Paris.
In Paris, there are thousands of buses. In Reboul, where Henri lives, there is only one bus.
In Paris there are many parks and rows and rows of trees. The park in Reboul has only five trees. In Paris there are many zoos full of animals for the people to see.
So one fine day Henri packs up some lunch and starts off to see all the things he had read about.”
Along the way, Henri gets tired and falls asleep under a tree. And this is when the story gets really charming. What Henri sees, we see, in a flowing panorama of pictures conceived by the eminent graphic designer Saul Bass.
Brain Picking has some wonderful pictures of the gorgeous interiors. The book, which has been out of print for decades, is finally back and you can order it at the Amazon link below.