Flyers For DJ Nights Will Never Be The Same

Aug 16th, 2007 // 11 Comments

joydivisioncloserfont.jpgThanks to Lucas Jensen for tipping us off to the fact that Peter Saville, who designed record sleeves for a lot of the Factory Records artists, has apparently put a bunch of his Joy Division/New Order-related fonts online for free download has someone putting up fake–but convincing to my untrained eye–versions of his fonts for download (Thanks, KevinChurch). Given that there will probably be a lot of Factory tribute parties around the world in the coming weeks because of Tony Wilson’s passing, we’re providing this link as a public (and aesthetic) service. (And in case you were wondering, the font for “Movement” is my personal favorite.)

Peter Saville Graphic Design – fonts [Peter Saville Graphic Design]

  1. brainchild

    was never much of a Joy Division or New Order fan (aside from “Regrets” being one of my favorite songs *ever*), i’m more excited in mis pantalones by the prospect of more FREE FONTS!

  2. Feh Am Legend

    Closer, the Helvetica of ’00.

  3. Lucas Jensen

    I got this from somebody on Elbo.ws, for the record…Elizabeth from the Roaring Machine: [roaringmachine.co.uk]

  4. Catbirdseat

    I don’t want to be a (24-Hour) party pooper, but are we fairly certain that all of those are 100% custom fonts that Saville designed? Because, I’ll tell you, quite a few of those bear an *AWFULLY CLOSE* resemblance to a number of classic fonts that many ill-tempered and litigious type foundries probably own the rights to. Just saying.

  5. statolith

    I read somewhere else that this isn’t actually Saville’s site at all, but rather a fan site that’s unconnected w/him. I mean, not that you can argue with free.

  6. KevinChurch

    They’re not the originals.

    And Catbirdseat is right: Saville frequently used classic, very expensive fonts.

  7. rocknrollscience

    These fonts have been available on that site for a couple of years. I first found them when looking to Saville for inspiration. Eventually, I found that the ‘btinternet’ site is not his, but it is very well done. You can find his own site at saville-associates.com.

    And, yes, all of these fonts are just specific weights and formats of existing fonts. If you use the fonts in Illustrator CS2, the font list shows the ‘real’ font name in parentheses next to the album/single the font corresponds with.

    Either way, the “Technique” font looks really good on a lot of things. It creates a cool, sleak, modernist look. I also like the “Movement” font because it reminds me of Bauhaus fonts like Univers.

  8. Maura Johnston

    @KevinChurch: whew, thanks. correction appended. you’d think my brain crashed, and not just my hard drive …

  9. the rich girls are weeping

    Baby wants Vaughan Oliver’s 4ad fonts more — real or fake!

  10. the earl grey

    i reviewed ‘designed by peter saville’ last month

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