Researching other graphic designers

I must admit I’m not overly familiar with a lot of graphic designers and did some internet searching to find some graphic designers to look into. I also got some books on graphic design and as I sort of know already there are a lot of graphic designers out there many of whom work for companies/ agencies and the work tends to be published under the agency rather than the individual.

Looking through the internet and my books I decided to pick a few designers who I found particularly interesting.

Peter Saville

Has been hailied as the UKs most famous graphic designer and recently been awarded the famous London Design Medal.. He founded Factory Records in 1979 where he worked as Art Director.

In 1979, Joy Division released their album Unknown Pleasures, and since then it’s gone down as one of the greatest albums ever made. Saville’s cover design features jagged white lines over a black background, spawning many reinterpretations of it over the years. The cover represents the frequency of the signal from the first observed pulsar or pulsating star.


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.

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He has also worked extensively in fashion by creating advertising and branding for Alexander McQueen, Dior, Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto and Kate Moss and Kilgour.


I’ve looked at various examples of Peter’s work and his style seems to be very clean cut and technical quite simplistic.

Looking through my graphic book I was also drawn to the work of American Chip Kidd. He currently works as art director at Knopf and is most famous for his book cover designs. He has freelanced for companies including random house, HarperCollins and Penguin. His cover design for Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park novel is one of his which I was most familiar with and was carried over to the marketing for the film adaption.

chip kidd illustrator book covers

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Educated at Penn State, he started designing covers for Knopf in 1986, where he was responsible for 75 book covers a year. He is still employed at Knopf, an imprint of Random House, where he is an art director. He also oversees the production of comic book covers for Pantheon, another subsidy of Random House. His interest in comic books, graphic novels and pop culture have been a large influence on his work.

He has published two books, Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, both of which he designed himself. The typography within the book is used to subtly, and sometimes blatantly, make points along side the narrative contained within. His highly productive career has allowed him to work with many celebrities and authors, including Frank Miller, Dean Koontz, John Updike and David Sedaris. His book covers continue to influence designers and pop culture and many of them are widely imitated. His work features in comic book media and I

The images in his work are quite bold and striking and seem in some sense a little eerie and old fashioned.

I like how both of these designers tend to keep the images relatively simplistic and to the point and the typography used is bold and tends to be in caps. As with the first image of the New Order CD cover a simple concept of a sound wave is a clever interpretation for the cover. I think in my designs that sometimes thinking of a simple concept which people can associate with the idea/ project can be really effective.

Other people I want to look into Stefan Sagmeister and David Carson amongst many other – more to follow.


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