Henri’s Walk to Paris

The classic children’s book  Henri’s Walk to Paris illustrated by designer Saul Bass (written by Leonore Klein) was out this week  – the highly anticipated re-issue was originally published in 1962, and is a story about a young boy called Henri who follows his dream of going to Paris.  What Henri sees, we see, in a flowing panorama of pictures conceived by the eminent graphic designer Saul Bass.

Bass is best known for his design of film posters and brilliant title sequences for filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger and Martin Scorsese (including his memorable title designs for North by Northwest, The Man With The Golden Arm and Goodfelllas).  His forty year career led him to become one of the great graphic designers of the mid-20th century, and he created some of the most compelling images of American postwar visual culture.

The book, with it’s glorious use of type and design (and Bass’s only venture into children’s books), is available now at all good book shops near you!

(Images via grainedit)


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