25 Nov 2008
Peter Saville™: I Love Design and Disillusion 
You might want to rethink that graphic design career, at least according to Peter Saville™. In a pair of sobering video interviews for Quark's ilovedesign.com, Saville discusses the pitfalls of 'Commercialism and Design', seeing a "wave of disillusion across the creative profession", and in 'Pop Culture and Design', the 'open opportunities' of working for Factory and New Order, and what is iconic packaging vs. iconic music.

His advice to anyone questioning a design career: "What is it that they actually care about? I think there's nothing worse than being faced with 20 or 30 or 40 years of your life caught up in something you don't care about."

Other ilovedesign.com interviewees include graphic designer David Carson and book cover designer Chip Kidd.

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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