Icon - Peter Saville

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All copyright and sources acknowledged

To say Peter Saville is a substantial influence to us here at Life* is a massive understatement. His influence and graphic design work influences and guides us every day.

This year Saville is to be awarded the coveted Panerai London Design Medal. Much deserved and overdue.

From 1979 through to 1986, Saville shaped the perception of Factory as much as Joy Division or New Order. His reputation as an extraordinary designer grew on the back of sometimes enigmatic, other times painstakingly luxurious, but always individual and innovative album sleeves.

Saville grew in demand as a younger generation of people in advertising and fashion had grown up with his work for Factory Records. He reached a creative and a commercial peak with design consultancy clients such as Selfridges, EMI and Pringle. Other significant commissions came from the field of fashion. Saville's fashion clients have included Jil Sander, Martine Sitbon, John Galliano,Yohji Yamamoto, Christian Dior and Stella McCartney. Saville often worked in collaboration with longtime friend, fashion photographer Nick Knight. The two launched an art and fashion website SHOWstudio in November 2000. Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons was granted full access to the archives of Saville's vintage Factory projects and made a personal selection of Saville-designed works to integrate them into Raf Simon's "Closer" Autumn/Winter 2003-4 collection.

In 2004, Saville became Creative Director of the city of Manchester, as a consultant.

In 2010, Saville designed the England football team home shirt.