Design factory

A must for all sleeve art trainspotters, Will Hodgkinson at the Guardian takes a look at the Factory Records Book.

Factory Records began not with a record, but a poster. When Granada TV presenter Tony Wilson met graphic designer Peter Saville to discuss sleeve designs for Wilson's proposed Factory Records in 1978, Saville presented a poster for the first four nights of the Factory club in black and yellow, following the colour scheme of the UK's National Car Parks. He suggested the poster be given Factory's first catalogue number, Fac 1. Wilson paid him £20 and a new approach to pop music design was born.

Peter Saville's work for Factory, including sleeves for Joy Division and New Order, has since become legendary.

In March 2004, Saville was appointed creative director for Manchester city.

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