Sleeve designed by Peter Saville: 1978-1981

Most of the Joy Division sleeves were designed by Saville – Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Transmission, She’s Lost Control, Love Will Tear Us Apart, etc., and his sleeves are now displayed on his website –  petersaville.info {sleeves here}.  Definitely worth a look.

Joy Division: Transmission
7″
October 1979
FAC 13, Factory (UK)

via Sleeve designed by Peter Saville: Sleeves 1978-1981.

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.”

Saville’s album design for Joy Division’s last album, Closer, released shortly after Ian Curtis’ suicide in May 1980, was controversial 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.

via Sleeve designed by Peter Saville: Sleeves 1978-1981.

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