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The Origin of Joy Division’s Most Famous Album Cover, Finally Revealed

The cover of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures is famously graced with the radio pulses of a dying star. Its origins, however, have always been unclear. But now, Scientific American's Jen Christiansen has followed the rabbit hole to the very end – to an obscure 1970 PhD astronomy thesis and the guy who wrote it. Read More >>

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10 Great and British Designs, Handpicked by Two Eagle-Eyed Design Critics

Tim Greenhalgh of FITCH writes... "Design is everywhere, and there is almost nothing that you use or see everyday that has, in fact, not been designed in some way...but is it great? For me, great design makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention – it’s transformational and makes you view the regular world around you in a totally new way. It's remarkable because after seeing it, you want to tell someone/everyone about it: ”have you seen…!” Read More >>

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Joy Division’s Famous Unknown Pleasures Squiggles are Actually Astronomically-Linked

"There is a global cult around Unknown Pleasures and very much around this image," says graphic artist and designer of New Order's Blue Monday record sleeve, Peter Saville. And he's right. The iconic image has since had a life of its own, having appeared on everything from book covers to the soles of designer shoes, not to mention several peoples' skin. Read More >>