Judging Panel - Peter Saville

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Peter Saville is one of the most influential designers of our time. He has created a series of iconic images, including album covers for the bands Joy Division and New Order, and conceptual design projects that are exhibited all over the world. He is now contributing to the economic regeneration of Manchester as the city’s creative director.

Born in Manchester in 1955, Saville studied graphic design there, and in 1979, a year after graduating, he co-founded the legendary independent record label, Factory Records, with the late Tony Wilson. As the label’s creative director, he began his famous collaboration with Joy Division and New Order. Saville later designed seminal artwork at other labels for Roxy Music, Wham!, Suede and Pulp.

He has also worked extensively in fashion by creating advertising and branding for Alexander McQueen, Dior, Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto and, most recently, Kate Moss and Kilgour. Saville’s clients in the cultural sector have included Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Barbican Centre and Whitechapel Gallery in London. He has also developed products in collaboration with Adidas and Raf Simons.

Saville has won numerous design awards, and his achievements in design were celebrated in The Peter Saville Show at the Design Museum in London in 2003. The exhibition was then shown in Tokyo and Manchester. In 2005, he staged his first major show in a contemporary art museum with the exhibition, ESTATE, at the Migros Museum in Zurich. Saville’s ongoing work in conceptual design is exhibited at Paul Stolper in London and at Galerie Neu in Berlin. An international authority on design and creativity, he is a regular broadcaster on design issues, and lectures all over the world.

Throughout his career, Saville has engaged with design at a strategic level, culminating in his appointment as consultant creative director to Manchester City Council in 2004. As well as advising the council on perception and communication, he is creative consultant to the critically acclaimed Manchester International Festival.

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