Designed by Peter Saville

Among the volumes chosen for a recently published collection of 100 classic graphic design books of the past century, one relative newcomer stands out. Featuring a stark white cover and a pink belly band, Designed by Peter Saville (2003) is the first monograph on the legendary British designer. He’s best known for the iconic album covers he designed in the early ’70s and ’80s for Joy Division and New Order. Long out of print but available at New Metaphor Books, it’s a fitting tribute to one of the late 20th century’s most influential designers and an indispensable creative resource. Designer Christopher Wilson’s austere and restrained layout resonates with the quiet intensity of Saville’s best work, the first twenty-five years of which is presented here in detail. Critical essays and an in-depth interview explore Saville’s creative process and unconventional working methods, revealing his genius for turning radical design provocations—from brazen acts of art appropriation to mad mashups of Post Punk’s New Wave aesthetic with Jan Tschichold’s New Typography—into iconic images with an uncanny ability to capture the cultural moment.

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