Food Week

So I thought we would focus on a food this week.

As we enter the week of Thanksgiving it is appropriate naturally to reflect on our blessings. One of mine is certainly access to an amazing variety of food. And what better way to do this than through packaging.

There is a show at Wesleyan University, entitled Art and Appetite, containing 40 prints and photographs from the Davidson Art Center collection spanning five centuries of artist’s views of food. From Pieter van der Heyden’s 1563 engraving “The Fat Kitchen”, to Julia Jacquette’s 1995 silkscreen titled “Four Sweets” (shown above).

Needless to say Ms. Jacquette’s provocative packaging caught my attention, and the silkscreen is one image in a long line of artists’ depictions of packaging in their work. Another wonderful image of hers is the 2007 “Bandana for MacDowell Centennial” shown at left.

There is more information on the Wesleyan show in this NY Times article.


About Richard Shear

designer, husband, teacher, blogger, father, athlete, author, historian Richard has over 25 years of brand identity and package design experience, with a wide range of clients such as Ahold, Coca-Cola, Hasbro, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Pernod Ricard and Procter & Gamble. He began his career working with the legendary advertising art director, and AIGA Medalist, George Lois and the British design manager Clive Chajet. In his next design management position at Lippincott & Margulies, he worked with Walter Margulies learning the complex skills of global corporate identity. He then became Creative Director and Partner at Peterson & Blyth, one of the premier brand identity and package design firms of the time. He is a founding faculty member of the Masters in Branding Program at New York’s School of Visual Arts. He publishes the blog The Package Unseen, and has been a guest lecturer at colleges including FIT, Trinity College and Tyler School of Art. He is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Richard is a Board member of the AIGA MetroNorth Chapter, past President of AIGA‘s Brand Design Association, President of the Package Design Council and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a member of USA Cycling and US Rowing, a nationally ranked masters bicycle racer, and a member of The Saugatuck Rowing Club, the 2010 Masters Club National Champion.
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