You may not know his name, but you know his work. Peter Saville was Factory Records in-house graphic artist, designing some of the most famous record sleeves of the last 20 years, including Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, Pulp's This is Hardcore, Happy Monday's Pills, Thrills, N' Bellyaches,and the famous floppy disc "Blue Monday" 12" that cost so much to manufacture they lost money on every copy sold. (It remains the best-selling 12" single of all time.) He is probably, along with 23 Envelope's Vaughn Oliver, the most well-known rock graphic designer of the post punk era and beyond.
Saville will be at Williamsburg bookstore Spoonbill and Sugartown this Saturday from 1PM – 3PM, talking with folks and signing stuff, including (I'm guessing) the book Art, Fashion and Work for Hire: Thomas Demand, Peter Saville, Hedi Slimane, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Cristina Bechtler in Conversation, and probably last year's collection of his work, Peter Saville: Estate 1-127, and maybe even Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album. And if you brought your copy of Low-Life with the onion-skin sleeve, I bet he'd sign that too. And maybe he'll decipher the Power, Corruption and Lies cover as well.
Spoonbill and Sugartown is located at 218 Bedford Ave between N. 4th and N. 5th.
Meanwhile, if you're a font fanatic, you can download 15 fonts Peter Saville made for New Order and Joy Division over the years… ones used on Closer, Substance, and Brotherhood and more, and they're all free. Sure to class up any mix CD art you might have planned.