In 1969, Giger's first posters were printed and distributed world wide. He also designed the costumes and make-up for the play, "Early Morning" at the prominent Schauspielhaus in Zurich.
His 1977 book entitled Necronomicon inspired the look for Ridley Scott's ground breaking movie, Alien. This was Giger's first film, earning him a well-deserved 1980 Oscar for "Best Achievement in Visual Effect." He went on to also work on the films Poltergeist 2, Alien 3, and Species.
Many albums covers from the 1970's through the 1990's feature Giger's work. Some jobs were commissions while others used his previously done works. He also collaborated and designed guitars and guitar and microphone stands for the band Korn.
In 2004, Giger's work was featured in a six-month long retrospective at the Museum Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, France. There were about 200 works of art, with 90% of them being on loan from private collections and Swiss museums. In that same year, Giger was awarded the "La Medaille de la Ville de Paris."
In the next two years, Giger's works were featured in equally large exhibitions at the National Technical Museum in Prage, Czech Republic, and at the Kunsthaus Vien, in Vienna, Austria.
In 2006 Giger married his long-time love, Carmen Maria Scheifele. She helps him run the museum.