Design: The Movie Posters of Saul Bass

Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 – April 25, 1996) As a designer, to say you’re not a huge fan of arguably the world’s most famous graphic designer is just about sacrilege. I’ve always held a bit of a grudge when he rather testily claimed to have directed the ‘shower scene’ in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t, I don’t know, but he didn’t have to be such a dick about it. Anyhow… He really did change the face of graphic design, with his bold flat colors and use of  ‘paper cut’ imagery. He created posters for, among others, Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Kubrick and Scorsese. Better than his movie posters were his title sequences. Movie titles up to this point were mostly static, Bass created a very kinetic style, making the titles tell a story in motion. Check out the sequences for Psycho, North by Northwest and The Man with the Golden Arm on YouTube. They are great. So Happy Birthday Saul – you grouchy old (dead) bastard.

golden-arm

vertigo-movie-poster-saul-bass

1965 Bunny Lake is Missing

saint_joan_saul_bass

west_side_story_xlg

1962 Birdman of Alcatraz

north_by_northwest

bonjour_tristesse

anatomy_of_a_murder

one_two_three

its_a_mad_mad_mad_mad_world_poster_saul_bass

1966 Seconds

edge

1960 The Magnificent Seven ad

1960 Spartacus

 

 

 

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Posted on May 8, 2013, in Graphic Design and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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