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Designed by Peter Saville [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Frieze; 1st Edition edition (27 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952741423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952741428
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 23 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Saville is perhaps the most influential graphic designer of his generation. Best-known for his seminal record covers for Joy Division and New Order, Saville has also art-directed catalogues and advertisements for fashion brands such as Yohji Yamamoto and Dior, and created corporate identities for Givenchy, Mandarina Duck and London's Whitechapel Gallery. More recently he has designed CDs for Pulp and Suede, and art-directed the new campaign for Stella McCartney. Designed by Peter Saville is the first book of Saville's work. Comprising design for music, fashion, advertising and art, it chronicles his work from 1978 to the present. The book includes a comprehensive interview as well as essays by style guru Peter York, critics Paul Morley and Miranda Sawyer, and design critics Rick Poynor, Emily King and Peter Hall. Saville was recently voted both 'most admired individual working in the creative industries' and 'best graphic designer' in a peer poll conducted by Creative Review. The intensity and apparent timelessness of his work has ensured that he has retained a cult status for 25 years.

This book will coincide with the opening of a solo exhibition at London's Design Museum, the first the museum has given to a living graphic designer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never 11 Jun 2003
Like most of Peter Saville's work, this has arrived late...but it's worth the wait. This is a wonderful book, and full of beautiful images.
If (like me) you have come to Saville through his most famous creations, the sleeves for Factory Records, New Order and Joy Divison you will not be disappointed at all.
The cover is, as Saville puts it 'a remix' of his famous cover design for Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures'...rendered in beautiful icy white 3D. Like his classic LP covers there is no information on the front or back of the book (apart from the barcode).
Inside, all his classic record covers are faithfully reproduced. (yes all the different versions of the 7" of 'Everything's Gone Green' are displayed...happy now?).
These are accompanied by his other designs for the likes of OMD, Peter Gabriel, Suede, Pulp and Roxy Music. Plus his forays into corporate designs for fashion designers, shops etc. and some of his photographic work.
The text comes from design critics, cultural critics like Peter York, and Pop culture-commentators like Paul Morley, and an interview with the man himself.
You will find a heady mixture of the the industrial, the typographic, the geometric..and suprisingly...the erotic.
His influence on design has permeated posters, record sleeves, flyers, and the interiors of pubs and clubs in my native Manchester to a huge extent over the last twenty years...and maybe in your town too. If you want to know where all this came from...Read about Peter Saville.
If you're a fashion victim, of course you need this...its the ultimate coffee-table book for the 21st century. Leave it to flop open on the page showing his sleeve for Section 25's 'From the Hip' and you will add thousands to the value of your home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you must own this book..... 30 Jun 2003
By Bill H
Designed by Peter Saville, is a book that any fan of graphic design or independant music has to own. Peter's work is a rare example of perfectionism, and pushing deadlines to breaking point, which in the age of everything having to be done yesterday, is a rare indulgence.
Factory records, the identity of which, will forever be synonymous with Peter Saville, was the brithplace of a business ideal, which will probably never be repeated. Factory was a company, which did what every creative mind lives for, and that is the ability for it's artists, both musical, and visual, to do what they wanted, irrespective of whether it didn't make good financial sense or not (r.e. blue monday 12"!). The identity which Peter was able to create at Factory, has become as integral as the music it represented, and so launched the career of someone who was to become one of the biggest names in visual communication.
After Factory, Saville has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in the graphic design, and fashion, helping to create identities, which never fail to have an impact, as well as continuing to provide New Order with a strong visual identity.
This book is a long awaited chance to see a comprehensive collection of Saville's work, from the very first, to the very latest. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this book, is the inclusion of some of the original reference and inspiration for his works, and a rare insight into how something, the finished result of which is now so familliar, has come to be.
Saville's journey has been pretty turbulent, and his reputation for time keeping (or lack of), has been born from nothing other than perfectionism, something for which, some of his former clients are less than forgiving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Jun 2007
Excellent book on the design work of Peter Saville. A great collection of images of his graphic design work for Factory Records and beyond, as well as several entertaining interviews and articles about Saville.
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If you're like me, a throw back to the 1980s, you will truly appreciate this book. Peter Saville dominated the visual design of the decade. Joy Division, Ultravox, Blancmange, OMD, New Order - where was his influence NOT found? Many of the album covers reviewed in this book are classics, IMO. Ultravox's Rage in Eden and Quartet are timeless - and Joy Division's album covers will never be topped.

The text was illuminating. It made me appreciate Mr. Saville's talent as a visual artist and the steps he and his associates took to achieve their endearing designs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thee Art of Peter Saville (UK) 24 Sep 2011
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If you are a fan of JOY DIVISION and NEW ORDER you are already familiar with Peter Saville's art. This book is a wonderful catalogue of intense and brilliant art by designer, Peter Saville. A MUST have for any design aficionado.
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