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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 is an artist and designer whose contribution to culture has been unique. As a founder and art director of the legendary independent UK label Factory Records he accessed a mass audience through pop music, best exemplified in the series of record sleeves he created for Joy Division and New Order between 1979 and 1993. His radical designs seemed to break all the rules, omitting information about artists or titles, fundamentally questioning modes of consumption and communication. His recent work encompasses design, art and culture. Over the past decade he served as consultant creative director to the City of Manchester. 

His achievements were celebrated in The Peter Saville Show at the Design Museum in London in 2003. His first major show in a contemporary art museum was at the Migros Museum in Zurich in 2005 and he continues to exhibit internationally. His first monograph was published by Frieze, 2003. Saville has three D&AD awards, is a Royal Designer for Industry and won the London Design Medal in 2013.

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