Cinema

Saul Bass Anatomy of a Murder design

Saul Bass’ design for Anatomy of a murder

An overview of the various designs Bass created for the film: posters, inserts, stationery and ads

Saul Bass: The man with the golden arm (1955) When Bass worked for film studios he offered them a package: main and credit titles, a symbol or trademark, a screen trailer, posters (half sheets, one sheet, three sheet, six sheet, twenty-four sheet), an insert, lobby cards, a window card, trade ads and [...]

Saul Bass: The Man with the Golden Arm

Posters, lobby cards, album covers and the title sequence.

1980s horror movie poster typography It amazes me how few movies have an identity. While millions of dollars are spent on the marketing campaign of Hollywood movies, their logos or wordmarks are usually much cheaper: $35 (the price of the Trajan ‘movie font.’ on MyFonts.com). Logos [...]

1980s horror movie poster logos and typography.

Lettering and typography from the pre-Trajan era

Warner Bros. trailer typography Hollywood studios used to have their own in-house designers, which explains why some title designs have the same style. Until the late 1950s they were mostly created by National Screen Service, the company which controlled the distribution of theatrical [...]

Warner Bros. trailer typography

25 years worth of trailer typography: 1930-1955

Saul Bass' Vertigo movie poster Today, April 25, marks the 15th anniversary of the death of Saul Bass (1920-1996) one of the best, beloved and prolific designers of all time. We’re all familiar with (a fraction of) Bass’ work: the title sequences, movie posters and logos. But that’s just the tip of [...]

Saul Bass’ Vertigo movie poster design

An overview of the various designs Bass created for the film: posters, inserts, window cards, lobby cards and ads

German Warner Bros. movie poster typography Designers today have it easy. A computer, a copy of Adobe® Photoshop® and a couple of typefaces, that’s all they need to create a movie poster. Sixty years ago things were different. Floating heads were painted instead of copied and pasted. Letters were [...]

German Warner Bros. movie poster typography

Hand lettering by German poster designer Hans Otto Wendt

Saul Bass’ movie posters: then and now When Saul Bass worked for Hollywood studios he created a complete and consistent identity for films (main and credit titles, a symbol or trademark, trailers, posters, ads, album cover). Director Otto Preminger persuaded studios to use Bass’ work, which [...]

Saul Bass’ movie posters: then and now

What's left of Saul Bass’ movie posters on today's DVD packaging design

Warner Bros. 1930s movie poster typography About five years ago the typeface Trajan was used so ubiquitously on movie posters it became known as ‘the movie font.’ Later, when the typeface Gotham was used in Obama’s campaign it became the new go-to font for movie poster designers. [...]

Warner Bros. 1930s movie poster typography

Script lettering from movie posters, inserts, window and lobby cards

“This is your god” - Typography of John Carpenter’s ‘They live’ (1988) “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.” That’s all I knew about John Carpenter’s ‘They live’ when I watched it for the first time. I expected a silly action movie, which it was to a certain extent, but the scene shown [...]

“This is your god”

The typography of John Carpenter’s ‘They live’ (1988)