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Peter Saville (graphic designer) : biography

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Peter Saville (born 9 October 1955) is an English art director and graphic designer. During the 1980s, he designed many record sleeves for Factory Records.

Selected record and CD covers by Saville

  • Joy Division — Unknown Pleasures, 1979
  • Joy Division — Transmission, 1979
  • Joy Division — Love Will Tear Us Apart, 1980
  • Joy Division — Closer, 1980
  • Martha And The Muffins — Metro Music, 1980
  • The Monochrome Set - Strange Boutique, 1980
  • Roxy Music — Flesh and Blood, 1980
  • David Byrne and Brian Eno - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, 1981
  • Joy Division — Still, 1981
  • New Order — Ceremony, 1981
  • New Order — Movement, 1981
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark — Architecture & Morality, 1981
  • Section 25 — "Always Now", 1981
  • Ultravox — "Rage in Eden", 1981
  • King Crimson — "Discipline", 1981
  • New Order — Temptation, 1982
  • New Order — Blue Monday, 1983
  • New Order — Power, Corruption and Lies, 1983
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark — Dazzle Ships (album), 1983
  • New Order — Low-Life, 1985
  • Peter Gabriel — So, 1986
  • Wham! — Music from the Edge of Heaven, 1986
  • New Order — Brotherhood, 1986
  • New Order — Bizarre Love Triangle, 1986
  • New Order — True Faith, 1987
  • New Order — Substance, 1987
  • Joy Division — Substance, 1988
  • New Order — Technique, 1989
  • New Order — Republic, 1993
  • Suede — Coming Up, 1996
  • New Order — Video 5 8 6, 1997
  • Pulp — This Is Hardcore, 1998
  • Gay Dad — Leisure Noise, 1999
  • The Other Two — Super Highways, 1999
  • Pulp — We Love Life, 2001
  • New Order — Get Ready, 2001
  • New Order — Waiting for the Sirens' Call, 2005
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark — History of Modern, 2010

Factory Records

Peter Saville designed many record sleeves for Factory Records artists, most notably for Joy Division and New Order.

Influenced by fellow student Malcolm Garrett, who had begun designing for the Manchester punk group, the Buzzcocks, and by Herbert Spencer's Pioneers of Modern Typography, Saville was inspired by Jan Tschichold, chief propagandist for the New Typography. According to Saville: "Malcolm had a copy of Herbert Spencer's Pioneers of Modern Typography. The one chapter that he hadn't reinterpreted in his own work was the cool, disciplined "New Typography" of Tschichold and its subtlety appealed to me. I found a parallel in it for the New Wave that was evolving out of Punk."Eye, Number 17, Volume 5, Summer 1995

Saville's album design for Joy Division's last album, Closer, released shortly after Ian Curtis' suicide in May 1980, was controversialJohnson, Mark: "An Ideal For Living: An History of Joy Division", page 64. Proteus Books, 1984 in its depiction of Christ's body entombed. However, the design pre-dated Curtis' death, a fact which rock magazine New Musical Express was able to confirm, since it had been displaying proofs of the artwork in its offices for several months.

Saville's output from this period included reappropriation from art and design. Design critic Alice Twemlow wrote: "... in the 1980s ... he would directly and irreverently "lift" an image from one genre—art history for example—and recontextualize it in another. A Fantin-Latour "Roses" painting in combination with a colour-coded alphabet became the seminal album cover for New Order's Power, Corruption and Lies (1983), for example.", Alice Twemlow

In the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People, which is based on Tony Wilson and the history of Factory Records, Saville is portrayed by actor Enzo Cilenti. His reputation for missing deadlines, Icon Magazine, July/August 2003 is comically highlighted in the film.

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