Get In Touch

Panerai London Design Medal: Peter Saville

The Panerai London Design Medal is awarded to an individual who has distinguished themselves within the industry and demonstrated consistent design excellence. British graphic designer Peter Saville was named the winner of 2013's London Design Medal. Saville is best known for his record covers for bands including Joy Division and New Order.

Peter Saville was born in Manchester and attended St Ambrose College. He studied graphic design at Manchester Polytechnic (later Manchester Metropolitan University) from 1975 to 1978 and was to become a pivotal figure in graphic design and style and fashion culture. He designed many record sleeves for Factory Records artists, most notably for Joy Division and New Order.

In 1979 Saville moved from Manchester to London and became art director of the Virgin offshoot, DinDisc. Saville subsequently founded the design agency Peter Saville Associates before he was invited to close his office in 1990 to join the partner-owned Pentagram.

In 1993 Saville left London and moved to Los Angeles, to join ad agency Frankfurt Balkind with Brett Wickens. Saville soon returned to London, however, to restart the design studio with Howard Wakefield. For three years they became known as “The Apartment” for the German advertising agency Meiré & Meiré. In 1999 Saville moved to offices in Clerkenwell, later renaming the studio in 2002 as Saville Associates. In 2005 it was renamed again as Saville Parris Wakefield. 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. He was commissioned to create a new visual and cultural identity for Manchester by Manchester City Council.

Supported By Panerai.

Start planning your
#LDF18 now!

Sign up to My Festival