Rudolph De Harak mastered colour and composition in graphic design to create works representative of their content whilst detailing a deeper level of understanding, perhaps not always immediately obvious. Reaching an apex in the time of the modernists, his most recognisable work is mostly abstract – relying on the viewer to bridge the gap between title and image. Stripped back to flat colours, white backgrounds and geometric forms, De Harak managed to convey complex ideas in a seemingly effortless minimalistic manner. His success as a lasting name in the design field can largely be attributed to this skill for distilling complex ideas and rendering outcomes using the most basic elements of colour, line and form.
Peter Saville’s graphic art and design has become synonymous with the output of british band New Order. From the 1980’s onwards – Saville created designs that resonated, mystified and delighted fans of the band, and of design; and have become inseparable from the music which they represent. This exhibit is not a complete visual history of all output generated by Saville for New Order but forms a cohesive SELECTED body, representing the pinnacle of two dynamic creative forces at work. Peter Saville’s work has been lauded and copied, and raised standards in design as it relates to music; the emotions and feelings that the combination of the two can generate and hold. These works are of their time, but are ultimately timeless.