My Fellow Americans: Tony Seiniger, Poster Designer



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Tony Seiniger doesn't call himself an artist -- he prefers advertising designer. Still, in the 30 years he's been designing promotional posters for films, he's created some indelible images that resonate decades later. Remember the poster for Jaws? That was him.

At age 62, he now oversees a group of more than 20 young designers, and his studio has pumped out more than 1,500 posters. During those years, he's come up with some ground rules for what makes a poster great:

"First off, it should be different," he says. "It should be something nobody has seen before -- that'll get it attention. You have to be able to read it at about 35 or 40 miles per hour and digest it in three seconds... That's the challenge, to try get an hour-and-a-half or two hours of entertainment down into a simple graphic that you can read in three seconds."

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