Pop Culture Pulsar

FACD10For those who may not know, the iconic image that graces Joy Division’s 1979 debut album, “Unknown Pleasures”, is a visual representation of radio signals from the first discovered pulsar, which is a magnetized, rotating neutron star. The image’s origins are discussed in-depth on the blog of Scientific American by the periodical’s art director of information graphics, Jen Christiansen.

In the video below, Data Visualization Reinterpreted: The Story of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” Album, designer Peter Saville explains how the pulsar image came to be used as the cover, and its subsequent impact on popular culture.

Posted on February 20, 2015, in FACTORY, Joy Division. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Oi Oi Matey! Just thought I’d let you know that Rush Hour 1, 2 and 3 have all been uploaded now. Enjoy .

    Also added you to my links as well. Chookers! :0)

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