Saul Bass

Saul Bass

Nationality: American
Born: 1920
Died: 1996
Famous For: his design of motion picture title sequences, film posters, and corporate logos.


Saul Bass was the king of the movie poster and opening title sequences throughout the mid-twentieth century. From ‘The Man With The Golden Arm' to ‘The Shining’, the Saul Bass Graphic Design style stands out as an earmark of 1960’s American design. Working with a minimal look, his paper cutout approach with an always eye-catching colour scheme worked so efficiently because it was so aesthetically removed from the ‘Hollywood 50’s’ style of visuals predating it.

Bass was also an accomplished brand and corporate logo designer with some very famous and iconic companies employing his services. Many of these logos still exist fundamentally (albeit through subtle tweaks here and there) showing their timelessness – an essential aspect of logo design. According to this post, the average Saul Bass logo design has a lifespan of 34 years!


Saul Bass Logos


Girl Scouts Logo – Designed in 1978


Continental Airlines Logo – Designed in 1967


Kleenex Logo – Designed in the 1980’s


Saul Bass Posters



The Man With The Golden Arm – Designed in 1955


Vertigo Posters – Designed in 1958


Anatomy of a Murder Title Sequence – Designed in 1959



In 2011, fifteen years after his death, a book showcasing his life and work was finally published – Saul Bass: A life in Film & Design


With more than 1,400 illustrations, many of them never published before and written by the leading design historian Pat Kirkham; this is the definitive study that design and film enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating… Designed by Jennifer Bass, Saul Bass' daughter and written by distinguished design historian Pat Kirkham, who knew Saul Bass personally, this book is full of images from the Bass archive, providing an in-depth account of one of the leading graphic artists of the 20th century.

Saul Bass Quotes


Design is Thinking Made Visual.


I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.


Sometimes when an idea flashes, you distrust it because it seems too easy. You qualify it with all kinds of evasive phrases because you're timid about it. But often, this turns out to be the best idea of all.


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Further Reading


Saul_Bass-A-life-in-Film-and-Design-BookA Life in Film and Design

Jennifer Bass



Saul-Bass-Book-anatomy-of-Film-DesignAnatomy of Film Design

Jan-Christoper Horak



Saul-Bass-Book-Henris-Walk-to-ParisHenri's Walk to Paris

Saul Bass




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Saul Bass


  1. Debbie Elicksen

    Great piece. Had to share it with my entertainment sites.

  2. Bruce Witt

    Really interesting images. Thanks for sharing the story of this great designer.


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