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‘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.

The Graphic Language of Neville Brody book (with a Cabaret Voltaire focus…)

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

As charity shop finds go, this was my best one in a while. The edges a little discoloured, fair enough… but for the price, no complaints. Neville Brody’s work has spoken for itself for many decades now and this book, dating from 1988 (there are later editions too) is an excellent display of his craft and thoughts, some of which are recounted below. Inevitably, I’ve focussed on the Cabaret Voltaire element for this post, but the book obviously covers in fine detail the broad scope of the man’s work up till the 1988 publication period in this case.

The Graphic Language of Neville Brody book

^ The Graphic Language of Neville Brody book

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Richard Jobson – ‘No Bad Words 1977-2017’ book (Bracket Press, 2018)

Friday, November 30th, 2018
  1. This wonderful little book appeared earlier this year – these photos give a flavour of the hardback edition.
Richard Jobson 'No Bad Words 1977-2017' first edition hard back front cover design

^ Richard Jobson ‘No Bad Words 1977-2017’ first edition hard back front cover design

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