A brief guide to the Factory Records design style by Oliver Wood.
The 2004 exhibition of Peter Saville's graphic design work at Urbis in Manchester inspired me to write my own take on some of his highly influential graphic design for the iconic Factory organisation.
Factory was more than just a record company. For my generation of Mancunians Factory's unique design styles and range of conceptual ideas not only revolutionised the way music was packaged, but also established the essence of a new and vibrant cultural identity for Manchester in the late 70s. The Manchester thing, eventually became the Madchester cult. Most of the material shown here was designed by Peter Saville and demonstrates the general breadth of the Factory organisations design remit. I have arranged the material into categories of style, which are not necessarily chronological. Saville seemed to work with many disparate ideas simultaneously and it is not generally possible to identify any one style with any one particular period of Factory's operations. All images are from Dennis Remmer's Factory Discography website. All text © Oliver Wood C2004.