Joy Division – Still

Author: Colin | Published: 9/10/10

Artist Joy Division
Title Still
Label Factory
Year 1981
Design Peter Saville
Music Joy Division
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Notes Not the most famous of Saville’s designs (no prizes for which one that would be). Released after Curtis’ death it is, however, the one I bought on vinyl. I borrowed the other two albums (Unknown Pleasures and Closer), taped them on either side of a C90 and made my own cover out of a blurred magazine photograph. I think I bought this album in a record shop in Bromley in ’82, but memory fades, a little like the white ink on the thick card stock of this album.

This isn’t the deluxe version which came cloth-bound with a white ribbon, but I prefer this more utilitarian version. With such minimal design, the details are of course all important: the placement of the album title towards the bottom of the back cover supported by Saville’s logotypes and the use of the different typefaces. My favourite aspect is the decision to have the two inner sleeves accessible from the upper inside – unlike traditional gatefold sleeves – and also the rounded corners facing the spine on both the outer and inner sleeves.

See also:

Peter Saville
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Architecture & Morality
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Dazzle Ships

Kruder & Dorfmeister – The K&D Sessions
Chain Reaction
Autechre – LP5


  1. A classic. One of the few sleeves that looks better the more they’re handled.

    Comment by Hesketh Pearson — October 9, 2010 @ 5:48 pm
  2. Is it me or is there a spelling mistake on Martin Hannet(t)’s name? I’m sure it’s two ‘t’s, wikipedia seems to say so

    Comment by kevin foakes — October 9, 2010 @ 10:08 pm
  3. Well spotted Kevin…

    Comment by Colin — October 10, 2010 @ 12:31 am
  4. Nice to know I’m not the only one who cocks up the proof reading sometimes

    Comment by kevin foakes — October 10, 2010 @ 8:23 pm
  5. Heh heh…

    Comment by Colin — October 11, 2010 @ 3:57 pm
  6. How I like my PSA work – uncluttered and simple. But which font is used for STILL and JOY DIVISION?

    Comment by Conrad — October 15, 2010 @ 8:41 pm
  7. I believe that’s a bit of a mystery as it is with Closer.

    Comment by Colin — October 18, 2010 @ 9:01 pm
  8. Not to be a big type nerd but ‘Still’ is Copperplate Gothic (as is ‘Joy Division’ on this release).
    And ‘Closer’ is Trajan (possibly an older cut of it, judging by the bottom ligature of the ‘E’).

    Hope that helps

    Comment by Leopold Stotch — February 7, 2011 @ 11:27 pm
  9. Thanks Leopold.

    Comment by Colin — February 8, 2011 @ 8:59 am
  10. No problem man. I’ve actually got the rare Factory box cassette of this as well. Holler if you ever want photos.

    Comment by Leopold Stotch — February 9, 2011 @ 11:39 pm
  11. The irony of course, is that while it did get more and more battered as time wore on (and the sticker that my local Woolworths attached to the record utterly ruined the front sleeve), the thick card used on the inner sleeves completely scratched the records within. What price art. eh?

    Comment by Martin O'Gorman — June 7, 2011 @ 3:38 pm
  12. Hello Martin, sorry to hear that. Stickers, particularly, are the bane of pristine packaging.

    Comment by Colin — June 26, 2011 @ 8:51 am
  13. What a great LP. One of Saville’s minimalist greats.

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