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Philip Gips was an American graphic designer and advertising executive who was responsible for creating posters for numerous films throughout the 1960s to the 1980s, among his most iconic works is the "cracked egg poster" for the 1979 film, Alien, that has since become the icon of the Alien franchise.

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Graphic Designer[]

Other credits[]

  • Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  • Downhill Racer (1969)
  • That's Entertainment! (1974)
  • Tommy (1975)
  • The Front (1976)
  • All That Jazz (1979)
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
  • Arthur (1981)
  • Absence of Malice (1981)
  • The Verdict (1981)
  • Sophie's Choice (1982)
  • Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
  • No Way Out (1987)
  • Fatal Attraction (1987)


Gips was born on March 28, 1931 in the Bronx, New York City, the son of Murray M. and Rose Gips (née Nevinsky). Gips had joined the United States Army, serving as Corporal between 1951 to 1953. Gips married Barbara Joan Solinger on July 10, 1936 and the two had five children; Steven, Dana, Michael, David, and James Gips.[1] After graduating from the Cooper Union and the Yale School of Art and Architecture, he worked with some of the most influential artists of the era, including Saul Bass. In the early 1960s, he opened a Manhattan-based advertising firm with Lou Klein, then later partnered with Steve Frankfurt and created Frankfurt Gips Balkind, a highly successful venture that lasted until the early 1990s.

Throughout his career, Gips has created iconic posters for films, such as Rosemary's Baby, Network, Superman and Fatal Attraction. These posters remain to be cultural touchstones as of today. Among his best-known posters is the ad for Alien, which depicts the Alien egg cracking and emitting an eerie green glow. The poster's tag line, "In space no one can hear you scream." was written by his wife, Barbara.

Gips passed away on October 3, 2019, in White Plains, New York. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Joan, and children Steven, Dana, Michael, David, and James.