Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division (Factory, 1979): "This was the first and only time that the band gave me something that they’d like for a cover."

Peter Saville on his classic Joy Division and New Order artwork

Peter Saville is a legendary album cover designer. He’s best known for his Joy Division and New Order covers, but has also done work for Pulp, Suede and Roxy Music.

Next New Order Album (it’s an anthology from Joy Division to New Order, plus one unreleased New Order track). Also a great article on the history of their album art work.

Peter Saville on his classic Joy Division and New Order artwork

Technique, New Order (Factory, 1989). I’d moved on from being interested in 80s consumer products and had begun going to Pimlico Road to look at antique shops. Which was where I saw the cherub statue we used on Technique. It was a garden ornament and we rented it for the shoot. It’s a very bacchanalian image, which fitted the moment just before the last financial crash and the new drug-fuelled hedonism involved in the music scene."

Peter Saville on his classic Joy Division and New Order artwork

New Order - Technique. Cover design by Peter Saville, photography by Trevor Key

Factory Records: Peter Saville

12 iconic record label designs

Lacoste Holiday Collector Nº8 by Peter Saville 17 oct / Capsule, Collection / by Adriano B.

Lacoste Holiday Collector by Peter Saville 17 oct / Capsule, Collection / by Adriano B.

Credit: Factory Records True FaithNew Order (Factory, 1987)“This was a first work from real life. In 1986, I happened to have a trauma in my personal life and it made me very attuned to the world around me. Suddenly, I had no filters. I was parking the car one night and a leaf drifted by the window and I thought, ‘That’s so beautiful.’ It was framed by the windscreen, which is probably why I saw it as an image. So we did a leaf. I went to Windsor Great Park wi…

Peter Saville on his classic Joy Division and New Order artwork

All designs by the inimitable Peter Sevillle (Factory Records, New Order, OMD, Durutti Column, Ultravox, Duran Duran, King Crmison…

Postmodern Suicide: The intersection of Peter Saville, Factory Records and Joy Division. Design by Peter Saville.

Flyer Goodness: Art of the Factory Records family - The Hacienda, Peter Saville, Joy Division, New Order

Flyer Goodness: Art of the Factory Records family - The Hacienda, Peter Saville, Joy Division, New Order

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