Factory Records co-founder and Joy Division album art creator Peter Saville honored by CBE

Manchester’s Factory Records graphic artist and co-founder Peter Saville received a royal honor for his decades of design work.

Saville, who designed the Joy Division album cover for Unknown Pleasures, received a CBE on Wednesday for services to be designed by the Prince of Wales.

It was the first inauguration ceremony since the national coronavirus lockdown in March 2020.


Saville, 65, has designed record covers and covers for Joy Division, New Order and Pulp, among other bands under the Manchester label which he co-founded with Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus.

Factory Records has played an influential role in transforming the city from an industrial powerhouse into a beacon of art and culture by recapturing its past and leading a new wave of creative industries, a movement that continues to grow. influence the culture of the city today.

Saville was honored for her services to the design

The internationally acclaimed artist reflected on his design for the 2010 England Soccer World Cup tape after receiving his gong from Prince Charles.

He said the ceremony allowed him to “stop and reflect on the past 45 years” – and said the design of the Three Lions kit drew “aggressive comments” when it was revealed.

As England qualified for the next stage of Euro 2020 with their triumph over the Czech Republic on Tuesday night, Mr Saville said he was proud to design the team’s jersey for the 2010 World Cup .

His design featured small multi-colored crosses of St George, which he said represented diversity in the game and in British society.

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Speaking after the investiture ceremony at St James’s Palace, he said: “I have tried to represent diversity in our society now, so I got the St George’s Cross.

Cover of the album Les Plaisirs Inconnus

“It was probably my conception that encountered the most aggression – with support too – but it was the closest to aggression in society.

“But I was very happy to have made something of the national football shirt, rather than just a blank design.”

When asked what it was like to receive the Lifetime Design Award, Saville said: “Being idealistic as a young man resolved to receive this CBE this morning.

The former Factory Records office, now the FAC251 club

“It’s as much a handful of other people who are part of the context of my work, so without others who made it possible, it couldn’t have had the effect it had.”

Saville’s illustrations have been used for a variety of aesthetics, from collections of major fashion brands such as Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Christian Dior to Manchester’s yellow and silver polka-dot Metrolink tram.

His designs, which also featured on advertising for the now demolished Manchester-based club The Factory in the 1980s and 1990s, were exhibited at the London Design Museum in 2003.

In 2004 he was employed as Creative Director for the City of Manchester and created the ‘M’ logo used to brand events and spaces.

The Manchester-born designer has said he is now an artistic advisor for The Factory, a cultural space under construction in his hometown, which will host the Manchester International Festival from 2023.

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