Peter Saville By Design PodcastBack
Ever owned a Joy Division album or been a New Order fan? Legendary graphic designer Peter Saville created the album artwork for these iconic records. Here he is in conversation with arts correspondent at the BBC Will Gompertz in the first of our 'By Design' series in partnership with Sir John Soane's Museum.
Peter Saville is an artist and designer whose contribution to culture has been unique. As a founder and art director of the legendary independent UK label Factory Records he accessed a mass audience through pop music, best exemplified in the series of record sleeves he created for Joy Division and New Order between 1979 and 1993. His recent work straddles design, art and culture and since 2004 Saville has played a leading strategic role in the economic regeneration and cultural renaissance of his home city Manchester: as well as advising the city on perception and communication, he is artistic advisor to the critically acclaimed Manchester International Festival. His achievements were celebrated in The Peter Saville Show at the Design Museum in London in 2003. His first major show in a contemporary art museum was at the Migros Museum in Zurich in 2005.
Here are a few quick clips to get you started....
- Legendary graphic designer Peter Saville talks to BBC Arts correspondent Will Gompertz about art, ambition and aesthetic - and how it may never of happened
- The father of the modern album cover Peter Saville discusses what music and art meant to him growing up
- Inspiration in the everyday, 80s defining graphic designer Peter Saville discusses how the humble toaster inspired his design style
Want to listen to the conversation in full?
Here is the discussion in full recorded in October 2018 in the candle lit dining room at Sir John Soane's Museum in front of a small audience of 40 guests. Plus the other podcasts in the series for you to explore.