This is Josh Gluck!
He’s been called the UK’s most famous graphic designer, best known for his album cover designs for the UK’s best bands in the late seventies and early eighties: Joy Division, New Order, and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark. His designs apply simple, inventive visuals to the themes of the music itself. Countless designers have since tried to emulate Saville’s style.
We’ve hopefully all seen this iconic Joy Division cover from 1979.
This design is so classic it’s really in its own category. It’s been tattooed and printed countless times, and is still reinterpreted (rather like the I Heart N Y logo). Check out this absurd, lawsuit-ready Disney tee from 2012
Ouch, that’s bad…but it definitely shows the ubiquity of a forty-year-old rock design, if even Disney wants to get in the game.
Here’s a great gallery of several of Peter Saville’s classic album cover designs
Alright, so maybe Saville’s most famous work predates digital media….but he is still designing today with all the same tools that we have been learning. Here’s a 2013 cover for Orchestral Maneuvers. Gradients, diagonals, simultaneous contrast?
Another caveat, Saville’s latest project is a logo for Kanye West! Apparently the rapper/producer wants to be recognized as an icon, like Yves Saint Laurent. I actually cannot wait to see what Saville comes up with, and if Kanye accepts it or not.