Post 5: Saul Bass Poster Design: Plaki

Posted: April 3, 2012 by paulalaki in Uncategorized

Saul Bass : Poster Design

Saul Bass has to be one of my most favorite posters designers though I can’t decied if that is because he designs posters for some of my all time favorite movies such as:


The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Vertigo (1958)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)



▪ The Magnificent Seven (1960) (design not used)


1980s and 1990s

▪ The Shining (1980)

▪ Schindler’s List (1993) (undistributed poster)


Or because of his use of strong colors, and shape giving the perception of people and objects.










Born May 8, 1920 it is easy to see why Saul Bass was so drawn to film and the creation of film posters as his life was during what is known as the Golden Age of Cinema which ran between 1910s and the early 1960s.

Growing up in the Bronx, New York, to Eastern European Jewish immigrant parents. During that time period would have been wondrous with the height of film and theater all around that it is easy to see the playfulness fun and beauty in his works.


Saul Bass worked for many great directors not just in posters but also in the title sequence in the film including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. Amongst his most famous title sequences are the animated paper cut-out of a heroin addict’s arm for Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm, the credits racing up and down what eventually becomes a high-angle shot of the United Nations building in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, and the disjointed text that races together and apart in Psycho.

And last here are some poster design influenced by Saul Bass














  1. How do you get that nice cut out paper effect in illustrator. Great blog by the way. Really like it 🙂

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