Synopses & Reviews
Through hundreds of eye-popping reproductions, All Wrapped Up! celebrates gift wrapthat most ephemeral of paper productsfrom the groovy 1960s. The modest palette and conventional patterns of the previous decade eventually yielded to the riotous colors, op art, and psychedelic visions that defined the late '60s, charting a course through the entire spectrum of mid-century graphic design and commercial illustration. Popular imagery of cute animals, adorable children, barbecue iconography for dad, funky florals, and Santas of every stripe grace these pages. A thoughfully wrapped present is a gift in itself, and All Wrapped Up! is the perfect package to celebrate the popular designs of the most visually exuberant decade of all.
"All Wrapped UP! is a splendid compendium of hundreds of gift wrap samples from the grooviest decade: the 1960s. Gift wrap of the era constituted a dynamic visual vocabulary inspired by popular culture, fine art, and sentimentality. The entire panorama of the decade's design movements played out on the paper surfaces adorning our gifts, and wrapping paper companies were more than happy to use that creative ferment of provide patterns for every occasion and designs for every taste. With 375 glorious reproductions of gift wrap patterns, from the soberly to the outrageously psychedelic, "All Wrapped Up! is an exuberant pop design survey for designers and style fans, and--not surprisingly--a perfect gift.
About the Author
The nephew of a paper-product salesman, Kevin Akers is an award-winning designer and illustrator. He is principal of Kevin Akers design + imagery, a San Francisco Bay Area firm specializing in identity design, print, and retail packaging.