Phil Yarnall YG1

  • Current Location: North Salem, NY
  • Originally From: Philadelphia, PA

Raised on Mad Magazine, saturday morning cartoons and 80's Punk Rock, Phil Yarnall knew at an early age that he wanted to work with music and art. After attending Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA as well as studying in Rome, Italy he moved to NYC, worked his way to the middle and decided it was time to quit workin' for the Man and make some moves. Many years later, sitting in his Fortress of Solitude in North Salem, NY, he is surrounded by his numerous unique packages and designs for artists ranging from AC/DC and The Velvet Underground to Hank Williams and Janis Joplin. He has also had the good fortune to be responsible for the look and branding for the Jimi Hendrix estate, which involves everything from 45 rpm singles and CD/LP box sets to tour bus graphics for the Experience Hendrix tour bus and the granite monument at Jimi's gravesite. His studio, Smay Design, continues to seek out new opportunities for visual grooviness and experimentation between taking the kids to school and walking his dog, Daisy.

Portfolio Imagery:

  • Project 1 of 5

    JIMI HENDRIX: People Hell and Angels cover design

    For the latest Hendrix package, I took a much more subdued approach to the cover design, combining a beautiful Gered Mankowitz image with one of Jimi's original abstract drawings and some of his handwriting. All this will come together on a silver foil stock with a satin finish for a rich, deluxe double LP package.


    Photo by Gered Mankowitz

  • Project 2 of 5

    Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings Box Set

    This super-deluxe box set of Hank's radio shows from 1951 is housed in a reproduction of a vintage radio that actually turns on and plays the intro to Hank's Mother's Best radio show. The set includes over 17 hours of HW's original radio shows that were rescued from the trash behind the radio station where they were originally played. Truly an honor to work on something for such an iconic American legend.

  • Project 3 of 5

    Janis Joplin: Move Over 45 RPM box set

    This mini box set houses four 45 RPM singles of Janis' recordings with her different bands throughout her short but powerful career. Another awesome American musical icon!


    Photo by Don Hunstein

  • Project 4 of 5

    The Encyclopedia of Punk book design

    This massive compendium of all things punk was a blessing and a curse to design. At almost 400 pages, it kept me busy for many late nights and weekends. It is packed with amazing photos and ephemera and as a big fan of the genre, it was right up my alley!


    Photo by Sally McKissick

  • Project 5 of 5

    Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book

    This 12" x 12" coffee table book showcases the Hendrix Estate's vast collection of Jimi's handwritten lyrics and poems, many of them scribbled on hotel stationery and envelopes. An extensive project that evolved over many months, this one was released in time to celebrate what would have been Jimi's 70th birthday.


    Photo by Mitch Mitchell

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