We have a saying, Plant a Kiss, which simply means to place a kiss—but by reversing the order of the words to Kiss a Plant, the implied meaning expands to express the love of a plant. As an adult, I recognized a certain scent in the air during the Spring of each year. This sweet fragrance was noticed whenever I was near the river in the valley where I live. This scent is intoxicating as it recalls a rush of joy and freedom. With the help of my wife, we identified what we called the “green smell,” as freshly leafing cottonwood trees. This bouquet reconnected me to outdoor activities in my childhood and adolescence that were pure joy.
Graphic designer and photographer Jerry Takigawa has committed his career to creating insightful strategies that inspire visual imagery, engage the heart, and inform the mind. Based on the Monterey Peninsula, work from Takigawa Design has garnered numerous accolades. Jerry received a BFA from San Francisco State University. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he utilized his art and design skills to help develop a pilot VISTA program in West Berkeley and Oakland. In 1979, he opened Takigawa Design in Monterey, California.
Throughout his career, Jerry has created unique brands, corporate identities, and packaging systems for a variety of companies, including: Earthbound Farm, Bernardus Lodge and Winery, Symantec, KAO, Monterey Jazz Festival, The Athenian School, AIA Monterey Bay, Michael Nesmith, Silvestri Vineyards, Santa Lucia Preserve, Language Line Services, and Center for Photographic Art.
He was President of People in Communication Arts (PiCA), a trustee for the Monterey Museum of Art, and currently is Board President for the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA. His award-winning work has been recognized in numerous design competitions including Communication Arts, AIGA, Graphis, Summit International Creative Awards, Northern California Addy Awards, International Telly Awards, and the Independent Publisher Book Awards. His design work is included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Hiroshima Museum of Art. As a fine art photographer, Jerry Takigawa was the first photographer to receive the Imogen Cunningham Award for color photography. His photography is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the Monterey Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.