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1977–1980: Substance by Joy Division

Contributed by Love Lagerkvist on Apr 2nd, 2017. Artwork published in
June 1988
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    1977–1980: Substance by Joy Division 1
    Source: https://www.flickr.com HiltonTenderloin. License: All Rights Reserved.

    1977–1980: Substance is not only an excellent compilation of rare Joy Divison songs, but also the most famous example of Wim Crouwel’s New Alphabet in use. With the “over-the-top and never meant to be really used” typeface, to use the words of the author, the cover quickly became a cult classic that splits opinon to this date. Yet this debate always seems to get stuck on the aesthetics of the type, and not the fact that it actually says “subst1mce”.

    The serif is Stempel Garamond, with Garamond 3 used for the oldstyle figures. [petersaville.info]
    Art direction: Peter Saville
    Design: Brett Wickens, Peter Saville Associates

    1977–1980: Substance by Joy Division 2
    Source: https://www.flickr.com ceremony60. License: All Rights Reserved.
    CD cover
    Source: https://www.discogs.com Factory Records. License: All Rights Reserved.

    CD cover

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    • New Alphabet
    • Stempel Garamond
    • Garamond No. 3

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    2 Comments on “1977–1980: Substance by Joy Division”

    1. Blythwood says:
      Apr 22nd, 2017  8:31 pm

      Ah, lovely. It’s worth reading Wickens’ comments on Typophile, apparently пεц цLphцbετ had to be custom-digitised.

    2. Blythwood says:
      Aug 17th, 2017  5:44 pm

      As a guess, incidentally, Wickens may have used Garamond 3 on the numerals because of Stempel Garamond’s odd-looking reverse-contrast 0, intended to clearly show that it’s not the letter O.

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