Did you know that the cover to Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures is from an astronomy encyclopedia?

The cover to Joy Division's 1979 album Unknown Pleasures is incredibly iconic, inspiring everything from tattoos to t-shirts sold at Disneyland. But what you may not know is that this image is actually a diagram from the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy.

Graphic artist Peter Saville — who also designed the infamously expensive single sleeve for New Order's "Blue Monday" — explains how the band wanted a "comparative path demonstration of the frequency of a signal of a pulsar" as their cover illustration. Watch Saville recall the sleeve's history in the above video.

[Visualized via The Creators Project]

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