American actor, director and writer, George Orson Welles (1915-1985), alights on a timeless truth in his statement: “create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others”. Whether you’re a film-maker, designer, artist or a visual management consultatant – this is a worthy quote to keep in mind. It’s also fascinating to perhaps gain an insight into the inner workings of Welles’ approach to his works, many of which have endured the decades and made their mark on history too.
Welles is remembered for his innovative work in theatre, radio and film. In the prior, he was responsible for staging an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ (1937) on Broadway. On the wireless, Welles’ (1938) broadcast of ‘The War of the Worlds’ was one of the most well known in the history of the radio medium. In film, one of his acclaimed offerings ‘Citizen Kane’ (1941), is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time.