Peter Saville is a well-known graphic designer and art director. Saville is perhaps most famous for his record sleeves; creating work for Joy Division and New Order.
One of Savilles album designs for Joy Division caused controversay as it depicted the entombed body of christ and was released shortly after Ian Curtis’ suicide. It was later confirmed that the design was created before the death.
Joy Division – Closer
In later years Saville designed work for Selfridges and Pringle and he also worked in the field of fashion working for clients such as Stella McCartney and Christian Dior.
New Order Fact. 50 1981 Movement.
New Order – Waiting for the sirens to call.
New Order/ Power Corruption and Lies album cover
Credit: Original Painting by Henri Fantin-Latour; Design: Peter Saville Associates.
The powerful designs Peter Saville creates are effective due to their simplicity and order; especially his album covers, every image is carefuly positioned and the type is bold and clear. Saville drew a lot of influence from Malcolm Garrett, who designed for the punk group the Buzzcocks and various typography magazines at the time were also a source for ideas.
Peter Saville is a pioneer of Graphic Design and has paved the path for many future designers to follow and turn from.