If you are not familiar with graphic designer Peter Saville, I strongly urge you to check out his work.  In the 80’s he designed album covers for Factory Records artists like Joy Division and New Order, and would later go on to design covers for artists like Roxy Music, Peter Gabriel, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Suede, David Byrne and Brian Eno.

His cover for Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” album is probably his most iconic cover, and in this video created for the upcoming Visualized Conference in NYC November 8 – 9, 2012 he talks about the origin of the cover image and how it transcended it’s original use.

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4 Responses to “Peter Saville & Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures””

  1. theHoseman Says:

    So I’m sitting here listening to my music on shuffle and scrolling through the Twitter feed.
    Word Party’s “Way Down Now” is just wrapping up and a new track is starting just as I stumble on the tweet alerting me to this post.

    The song that came on at that moment?
    “She’s Lost Control” , which is on Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures…
    Crazy stuff! Damn, I love synchronicity!

  2. formerwageslave Says:

    One of the most iconic album covers of all time.

  3. frizbee Says:

    I love getting to know the stories behind cover art. I wish there was more stuff like this out there for cover art junkies like myself.

    On the topic of the Unknown Pleasures artwork: I found the section where Peter Saville was discussing the various fashions throughout the years that have been emblazoned with the artwork rather interesting because of the situation with Disney and Joy Division recently. For those who are unaware, Disney had released a t-shirt that featured a take on the Joy Division album artwork where the pulsar waves formed the classic mouse ears logo. I personally thought it was pretty cool, but people flipped out about it and Disney actually pulled it from stores. I guess Joy Division fans are fine with the band being affiliated with everything else, but Disney is a no-no.

  4. eric Says:

    frizbee – it might have had something to do w/ the licensing. Those other products may have gone through proper channels to license it and Disney didn’t. Plus the other products didn’t really mess w/ the image itself that much, while the Disney one used it to create their own logo. So that might have caused some objections.

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