Archive for the ‘Factory’ Category

‘Peter Saville Estate 1-127’ book

Monday, September 14th, 2020

It’s not a great surprise I imagine, given my musical tastes as documented on VersionCrazy, to realise that I like much of the design work by Peter Saville. ‘Estate 1-127’ is the second book solely dedicated to his work that I  bought, the first being ‘Designed by Peter Saville’. That had coincided with a retrospective exhibition at London’s Design Museum in 2003, ‘The Peter Saville Show’.

Peter Saville 'Estate 1-127' exhibition catalogue front cover

^ Peter Saville ‘Estate 1-127’ exhibition catalogue front cover

The two books are, on the surface, quite similar in approach and equally valuable if you have an interest in his work. ‘Designed by Peter Saville’ goes heavy on the essays from a range of writers and features full page, beautifully shot photographic examples of finished, designed product along with smaller sized background source/inspiration and accompanying materials. ‘Peter Saville Estate 1-127’ was published in 2007, two years after the ‘Estate’ show itself at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zürich, Switzerland. The crucial difference is that in this book, you get to see far more in the way of the working processes behind so many iconic designs rather than the finished works themselves, whether that be logotype paste-ups, work-in-progress drafts, manufacturer samples or Pantone colour swatch cut outs. Each is accompanied by captions written by Frieze magazine’s Dan Fox.

I’ve featured some photos of a few recognisable examples here that highlight the traditional paste-up approach used in the process toward creating the beautifully finished final products, a fascinating glimpse into a working process that was commonplace once but has long since gone in the era of computerised design work.

The good news is that the book still appears to be in print and available from the Museum shop if your appetite has been whetted enough.

Peter Saville 'Estate 1-127' spread 1 - New Order - Confusion artwork detail

^ Peter Saville ‘Estate 1-127’ spread 1 – New Order – Confusion artwork detail

Peter Saville 'Estate 1-127' spread 2 - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Electricity artwork detail

^ Peter Saville ‘Estate 1-127’ spread 2 – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Electricity artwork detail

Peter Saville 'Estate 1-127' spread 3 - Grafica Industria logotype artwork detail

^ Peter Saville ‘Estate 1-127’ spread 3 – Grafica Industria logotype artwork detail

Peter Saville 'Estate 1-127' spread 4 - Factory Communications Limited logotype artwork detail

^ Peter Saville ‘Estate 1-127’ spread 4 – Factory Communications Limited logotype artwork detail

Peter Saville 'Estate 1-127' spread 5 - New Order - 'Movement' cassette inlay artwork detail

^ Peter Saville ‘Estate 1-127’ spread 5 – New Order – ‘Movement’ cassette inlay artwork detail

It’s a small detail, but it’s interesting to note how Savilles’s design work for Ultravox is effectively written out of the history across both books, given how much work was done for them. Thank goodness for sites such as Peter Saville Sleeve Design for documenting the many and varied works over the years.

New Order – ‘The Perfect Kiss’ UK 7” (Factory, FAC123, 1985)

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Rounding out May’s posts is the standard UK 7” issue of New Order’s first single release of 1985, ‘The Perfect Kiss’.

On first sight, and in comparison to many other New Order singles of the ‘80s in particular, it looks quite uninspiring and bland, taking minimalism all the way by being packaged in a high gloss plain black card sleeve, with minimal silver print typography on plain black labels. In the grooves though we find two edits that are unique to only this 7” single and which have never found there way on to any later CD releases.

New Order - The Perfect Kiss UK 7" front sleeve and label design.

^ New Order – The Perfect Kiss UK 7″ front sleeve and label design.

(more…)

Side by side: New Order – ‘Ceremony’ 2019 12” reissues and 1981 originals

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Rounding off 2019, time to look back to earlier in the year and also 1981, with New Order’s ‘Ceremony’ re-issues and originals (at least the UK 12” ones anyway).

New Order - Ceremony - 2019 UK 12 inch version 1 re-issue front sleeve design.

^ New Order – Ceremony – 2019 UK 12 inch version 1 re-issue front sleeve design.

Accompanying the super deluxe box set re-issue of the ‘Movement’ album, the bands first four 12” single releases were re-pressed and issued afresh in March 2019 to support it. Let’s not get into the whole debate on whether this was a rather odd way of going about things, given that the super deluxe box set did not include any of the recordings from these 12” singles… Ho hum. And when I say the first four… well, two of these are versions of the one song, ‘Ceremony’, of course. (more…)

New Order – ‘Confusion’ UK Promo 7″ (Factory FAC93, 1983)

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

A unique 4’08” edit of ‘Confusion’, released as a promo-only 7″ contemporary with the original release of the single, which commercially was only available on 12″, released August 1983. This 4’08” ‘re-structure’ is to be found on both sides of the single, same labels each flip too and it all comes housed in a black, round hole cut-out sleeve. Somewhat plain in comparison to the now somewhat iconic 12” sleeve design.

New Order - Confusion UK promo 7" single

^ New Order – Confusion UK promo 7″ single

(more…)

Joy Division – ‘Unknown Pleasures’ UK CD (Factory FACD10, 1986)

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Sometimes it is enough just to celebrate something for what it is without needing to explore any obscure variations. With this post, I focus on the first time Joy Division’s wonderful ‘Unknown Pleasures’ made an appearance on CD and where Factory attempted to overcome the tyranny of the ’80s CD jewel case and somehow tap into the spirit of the original sleeve design.

For starters, the ‘car carry case’ – a miniaturised revision of the original sleeve design. Shorn of any need to include the tracklisting on the reverse, it kept things minimal. The tracklisting was provided only on one of the jewel case inserts. Yes, in addition to the carry case, the CD jewel case comes with not one but two inserts. Both of which come printed on similar ‘textured’ card stock to that used on the original album sleeve and the car carry case this time round. I hope that the photos help to capture the textured card stock so you can see for yourself.

One odd thing about it though – at some point in the design process, it looks like the photograph from one side of the inner sleeve has gone awol from this redesign – the originally uncredited photo, ‘Hand Through a Doorway‘ by Ralph Gibson.

Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' original UK CD car carry case - front.

^ Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ original UK CD car carry case – front.

(more…)