The internet giant Google powers on in a fun way to redefine tributes as we know them with an animated video on its search page celebrating the American graphic designer and Oscar-winning filmmaker Saul Bass.
The doodles as these illustrations are known, have come to be enjoyed by the millions of internet surfers that come across them. They come as images, videos and even more interactive games to honour famous people, memorable dates and other notable events. Today’s doodle is posthumously celebrating Saul Bass’s 93rd birthday. His 40-year career which included designs for corporate logos, film posters and title sequences produced iconic works like the AT&T logo and the 1990 movie Goodfellas. The doodle features a 70-second video montage showing reproductions of some of his works with the 1961 hit single Unsquare Dance by jazz composer Dave Brubeck playing in the background.
Google has not only honoured Saul Bass, it has also given us a peek into his era’s illustrations as well as an authentic sample of 60’s jazz music. As a true legend, he has been honoured before today with X-Men: First Class and AMC’s Mad Men paying homage to his graphics and animated title sequences. Reverence is definitely a two-way road as Saul Bass will continue to be honoured, and Google Doodles will to honour those things that truly matter.