The Minimalist Film Posters of Saul Bass

Saul Bass was an American graphic designer, filmmaker and arguably one of the greatest designers of the 20th century. He is renowned for his title sequences in film and his minimalist approach to stripped down visuals.

In his 40 year career Bass created many famous corporate logos and commercial brands. However, he seemed to find solace in his work in the film industry. He created many famous title sequences for countless Hollywood classics, working with a number of screen legends, from Hitchcock to Kubrick to Scorsese. Over and beyond all of this, Bass created some of the most memorable film posters in film history. With a minimalist approach to his graphics, the posters were normally a series of shapes and lines that were very easy to recognize. Here are a few of our favourites:

West Side Story | 1961

© Saul Bass
© Saul Bass

The Man With the Golden Arms | 1955

© Saul Bass
© Saul Bass

“I just want to make cool things even if nobody cares”

Vertigo | 1958

© Saul Bass
© Saul Bass

Love in the Afternoon | 1957

© Saul Bass
© Saul Bass

“Failure is built into creativity…”

Anatomy of a Murder | 1959

© Saul Bass
© Saul Bass

The Shining | 1980

© Saul Bass
© Saul Bass

“Symbolize and summarize.”

One, Two, Three | 1961

© Saul Bass
© Saul Bass

The Fixer | 1968

© Saul Bass
© Saul Bass

“Try to reach for a simple, visual phrase that tells you what the picture is all about and evokes the essence of the story”

Schindler’s List | 1993

© Saul Bass
© Saul Bass