Factory Records Co-Founder Peter Saville Awarded CBE For Decades Of Design
Internationally acclaimed graphic designer Peter Saville reflected on his England football strip design from 2010 after receiving a royal honor for decades of design work.
Mr Saville received a CBE on Wednesday for services to be designed by the Prince of Wales in the first inauguration ceremony since the national coronavirus lockdown in March 2020.
The Factory Records label co-founder said the ceremony gave him “a break to reflect on the past 45 years,” including the design of the football shirt which he said drew “aggressive comments” in 2010.
As England qualified for the next stage of Euro 2020 with their triumph over the Czech Republic on Tuesday night, Mr Saville said he was proud to design the team’s jersey for the 2010 World Cup .
His design featured small multi-colored crosses of St George, which he said represented diversity in the game and in British society.
Mr Saville, 65, said some people did not support this aspect of the design.
Speaking at St James’s Palace, Mr Saville, 65, said: “I have tried to represent diversity in our society now, so I got the cross of St George.
“It was probably my design that elicited the most aggression – with support too – but it is the closest to aggression in society.
“But I was very happy to have made something of the national football shirt, rather than just a blank design.”
When asked what it was like to receive the Lifetime Design Award, the man behind the Joy Division album cover for Unknown Pleasures said, “Being idealistic as a young man has resolved itself. to receive this CBE this morning.
“It’s as much a handful of other people who are part of the context of my work, so without others who made it possible, it couldn’t have had the effect it had.”
Mr. Saville has designed record illustrations for Joy Division, New Order and Pulp under the Manchester label which he co-founded with Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus, Factory Records.
Her illustrations have been used for a variety of aesthetics, collections from top fashion brands such as Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Christian Dior, the England 2010 World Cup kit and the yellow polka dot Metrolink tram and Manchester money.
Mr Saville’s designs, which also featured on the advertisement for the now demolished Manchester-based club The Factory in the 1980s and 1990s, were exhibited at the London Design Museum in 2003.
The Manchester-born designer has said he is now an artistic advisor for The Factory, a cultural space under construction in his hometown, which will host the Manchester International Festival from 2023.