Archive for April, 2021

Amazon Packaging

Amazon, the worldwide shipping giant, has mastered the art of branding and advertising a huge majority of their company on all of the products. Being a company that ships millions of packages every day, they have started to put their ‘Prime’ logo on everything. For smaller packages, like the one I included above, the logo…

Wild Design: Cigar Box

Above is a cigar box that I use to hold all my change in. What I like about this box in particular (as I have 3, all were purchased empty and were just the boxes) is the gold leaves that surround the name. I also like how much of that design takes up the box…

“A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” Vinyl

As vinyls make a comeback in popularity, it seems as though artists are taking every chance the have to set theirs apart from others. It is because of this that we now have so many interesting designs from cover, to the inside, to the vinyl itself. For the band The 1975, aesthetic is essentially part…

American Airlines to New York by E. McKnight Kauffer

“American Airline to New York” by Edward McKnight Kauffer is lithograph poster done on white woven paper, as suggested in the name the piece was commissioned by the American Airlines company and was completed in 1948. After being unable to enlist in WWII alongside England as an American citizen, Kauffer saw no choice but to…

Edward McKnight Kauffer

Born December 14th in 1890, Edward McKnight Kauffer was an American artist and graphic designer who focused on poster art, but also worked as a painter, book illustrator, and theater designer. Beginning his studies at California School of Design in 1910, it was here that he earned the attention of Professor Joseph McKnight from the…

Kimoto Junmai Sake Packaging Design

To me, the design of this bottle is both pleasing and a bit odd. Let’s begin with the bad, I find the contrast between a matte, black bottle with pastel green to be a bit disconcerting, the matte black bottle feels like it should be paired with a more simplistic, minimalist design that uses less…

NC State’s Healthy Measures

Today walking back from Talley Student Union to my apartment, I was on the lookout for possible objects or things that I could write about for this “Wild Design” assignment. I saw some things that caught my eye but then I walked past a sticker that I have been trying to get to put on…

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Soap

If you didn’t already know about this hand soap– invest in bottle or two. You can thank me later. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day is the epitome of great branding for hand soap. The label’s graphic design is crisp and distinguishable organized by colors that coordinate with the fragrance of the soap. The typography of the…

Phil Baines Penguin by Design

This project is one of Phil Baines most recognized works, Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005. In it, Baines looks back over the history of the Penguin publishing company’s book design as it changed from the very first cover to the most recent one. Anyone would recognize the classic orange penguin on various renown literature that would be found…

Phil Baines YAK poster

  The second project that I will be covering is Phil Baines’ 1994 ‘Yak’ 2 poster. This poster was published as a part of Why Not Associates, a graphic design company that Baines’ has done freelance work for frequently. The poster was released along with a few other posters through Why Not Associates. In an interview on…

Phil Baines

The artist that I chose for my project is Phil Baines. In 1958, He was born in Kendal, Cumbria, Cumbria is a small county in northwest England. Phil Baines did not immediately begin in the world of Graphic Design. Before pursuing graphic design, Phil Baines went to school and studied to become a Roman Catholic priest at Ushaw College, Durham. He…

Hyper! HARUMI GALS!!

Harumi Gals is an ongoing project by Harumi Yamaguchi that began in the 1970s. The difference between HARUMI GALS and Harumi Gals is that the all-caps version of the title refers to the exhibitions and the italicized version refers to the series that has been going on since the 1970s. The Harumi Gals exhibition I…

HARUMI’S SUMMER

HARUMI’S SUMMER was an exhibition project that was a collaboration between Harumi Yamaguchi and YOSHIROTTEN, a Japanese graphic artist and art director. It was presented in the summer of 2018 at the Ginza Graphic Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. It has been described as an artistic “jam session”, combining the creative abilities of two Japanese artists.…

Harumi Yamaguchi

Harumi Yamaguchi is a Japanese visual artist and painter. She was born in 1941 in Matsui, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. She trained at the Tokyo University of Art, majoring in oil painting. She started her career as a freelance worker and made advertisement illustrations for PARCO, a department store chain in Japan that “incorporates other cultural…