On the edge

With it's bright colours and edgy lines, Peter Saville's design for OMD's first album since 1996 is a happy addition to visual culture.

It’s been 14 years since the band OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) launched a new album. So in celebration of the British synthpop group’s latest delivery, legendary graphic designer Peter Saville designed their album cover.

The cover for History of Modern makes use of bold, geometric patterns that lends it a synergy to previous album covers designed by Saville for the band. The album itself features a line-up of some of their most classic songs from the “pacific age” album to 1996.

Saville’s so-called claim-to-fame came when he was the art director of Factory Records from 1978 to 1991. During this time Saville designed a number of iconic album and poster artworks. He is often credited for influencing the way in which people interpret album art and music packaging.