10 Sep 2003
Who is the best graphic designer working today? 
Peter Saville according to readers of Creative Review magazine in their Peer Poll 2003 sponsored by Workstation Solutions. He also came second in the "Which person do you admire most in the Creative Industries?" category, having won it in 2002. Incidentally, Pentagram, with whom Saville had an ill-fated business liaison won the "Which design consultancy does the best work?" category.

To commemorate this occasion Creative Review asked Saville to "reveal objects inspirational to him". As hinted at previously, there will also be a second project / exhibition to follow-up on the Peter Saville Show which will be called Estate.

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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