Saul Bass – designer of movie titles

Posted: October 21, 2011 in Saul Bass
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Four Saul Bass movie posters

During the early  part of my career I was fortunate to view film title designs by Saul Bass (1920-1996). During his career Saul Bass created over 50 title sequences for directors Otto Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick ,John Frankenheimer and Martin Scorseses. Two sequenses  I like or  from the movies “Walk on the Wild Side” and “Grand Prix”. A more typical Saul Bass title sequence from his early work is “It’s a Mad Mad Mad World”.

I have noticed that there currently is a trend in graphic design to create illustrations and designs that look back to the work of Saul Bass and other work being done during the 1960’s. The title sequence for the cable television shoe “Mad Men” reminds me of the designs of Saul Bass.

I will be giving an assignment to my illustration class to research and discuss additional Saul Bass title sequences.

  1. Glenn Myers says:

    Didn’t he also do the Exodus logo/title?

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